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Chicken Creole

I like food with a little zip to it, and this recipe fills the bill. It's especially good served over rice.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  • Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown chicken in oil; remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute onion, celery, green pepper and garlic until tender. Stir in tomatoes, water, paprika, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, cayenne pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
    Add chicken. Whisk cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into chicken mixture and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until chicken is tender, 10-15 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving. If desired, serve with rice.

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  • Jessica
    Jun 12, 2020

    The first time I made this, I followed the recipe to a tee. It was good, but seemed a bit bland. The second time I made it I subbed chicken broth for the water, added some Tony’s original creole seasoning, and some sausage. DIVINE! Served over white rice simmered in chicken broth instead of water. I live in a small town with very limited culinary options, so we cook at home a lot. We could drive into the city, but most of the Cajun /creole places are strictly seafood and I’m allergic to shellfish, so I can’t eat at any of them. THIS is what I’ve been missing!!

  • Chari
    Jul 19, 2019

    Found this recipe years ago and have made it ever since. Made it to the T the first couple of times but now I always add more than the recipe calls for and especially more vegetables, water, and Paprika. Paprika is the key to making this dish taste good! My family absolutely LOVES it!! I recommend it to others but some say it takes too long to prepare but I say, It's Totally Worth It! Oh and I also serve it with Brown Rice. So So Good! Thank You!

  • kcrihfield89
    Feb 18, 2014

    My husband isn't a big chicken fan, but he loves this recipe.

  • Sunnygrammie
    Oct 30, 2013

    This recipe was quite easy and went together quickly. The flavor of the sauce was good. Unfortunately, the chicken was pretty bland. I agree with the previous reviewer; additional flavor is needed and some Cajun seasoning couldn't hurt.

  • Kelli F.
    Jan 22, 2012

    I actually found that this needed more flavour. Maybe some cajun seasoning would have helped.

  • harveygm
    Jun 13, 2010

    A very good base recipe with a few small changes. Like the other reviewers, I used Rotel tomatoes (original), which added quite a bit of heat. I added a few more plain canned diced tomato, as Rotel is only 10 ounces. I omitted using cayenne altogether. I omitted the water, as well, and subbed in with 3/4 cup chicken broth. While browning the chicken I dusted it with garlic power and a generous amount of paprika for color. Finally, I topped the finished dish with a parm/asiago blend cheese. Without these changes, the dish would have been too bland for our tastes, but I appreciate the overall health of the recipe. Husband and son gave me a thumbs up to make again!

  • Carol39110
    Feb 19, 2010

    This was very good and my only complaint was I had to add a LOT of salt to my portion.

  • FriedaG
    Jan 30, 2010

    No comment left

  • lberg
    Nov 22, 2009

    I thought this was especially good and easy. I used a little more cayenne because we like a kick. I have to eat gluten free and I was thrilled to find something so tasty that fits the bill. My whole family loved it. Contemplating fixing it with shrimp next time, but the chicken was wonderful.

  • kcrihfield
    Nov 4, 2009

    Spicy, flavorful and my husband loves it! (and that's not easy for me to say since he is so picky) Wonderful dish.