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4.85 from 19 votes

Cajun Chicken and Rice Bake

This Cajun Chicken and Rice Bake with Mushrooms is a delicious and flavorful family-friendly meal made with juicy chicken thighs, rice, onion, spices, and perfectly sauteéd mushrooms.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun chicken casserole, Chicken and rice recipe, chicken rice casserole
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Jessica Randhawa

Ingredients

For the Chicken

For the Rice

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1.5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1.5 cups hot water
  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • Fresh chopped parsley, to garnish

For the Mushrooms

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 ounces white mushrooms, quartered
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh chopped chives, to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add the olive oil, dried Italian seasoning, fresh rosemary, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine.
  • Add the chicken to the herb and seasoning mixture and combine until each piece of chicken is fully coated with seasoning. Set aside, or cover and allow the chicken to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Spray a large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Add the diced onion, garlic, olive oil, salt, cajun seasoning, chicken broth and water to the baking dish. Gently whisk to combine.
  • Add the rice to the baking dish and mix in with the broth.
  • Arrange the chicken thighs in the baking dish, directly on top of the rice. Cover baking dish with foil and bake, covered, for approximately 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and water has been absorbed.
  • Remove the chicken from the baking dish and transfer to a clean plate. Mix the rice and return the chicken to the dish. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  • As the rice and chicken rest, prepare the mushrooms.
  • Heat butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the mushrooms to the skillet and stir well to combine. Cook mushrooms until softened, approximately 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and fresh chopped parsley, if desired.
  • Transfer prepared mushrooms into the baking dish with the rice and mix well to combine. Best served warm. Enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 629mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 705IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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