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One Skillet Cajun Shrimp & Rice

One Skillet Cajun Shrimp & Rice

Ingredients for 6 servings

* Optional Substitution Note

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup (white) onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb raw chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (or less depending on your heat preferences)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 5 cups cooked brown rice (Note: I am using short-grain brown rice)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 18oz water (TIP: use the tomato can for measurement so it should be 1 1/2 cans)
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste (Substitute: tomato sauce)
  • 3/4 lb raw jumbo shrimp
  • 2 bay leaves (optional but recommended)
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish
    • fresh chopped parsley



Step 1

Set a nonstick skillet on medium heat. Once hot, add oil, garlic, onions, bell pepper and celery. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the onions turn brown and slightly translucent.

Step 2

Increase heat to medium-high, then toss in the chicken pieces and sear. As it cooks, toss in the paprika, cayenne, oregano and turmeric.

Step 3

After about 3 minutes, toss in the leftover cooked rice and quickly fold everything together. Then immediately add diced tomatoes, water and tomato paste. Stir it up, reduce the heat to medium and bring to a light simmer. Add a few pinches of sea salt & pepper.

Step 4

Gently fold in raw shrimp, then add the bay leaves. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes on low heat with a gentle simmer.

Step 5

Ensure the shrimp are cooked through, then remove the heat and remove the bay leaves. Stir and allow to thicken as it slightly cools. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper.

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Prep 5min
Cook 20min
Total 25min

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About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!