Monday, November 22, 2010

Weeknight Dinner: Cajun Poola

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As anyone who has read even one of my blog posts knows, John loves spicy foods.  Me, not as much.  I've been challenging myself to branch out and cook with more interesting and different foods.  The Marx Foods' Iron Foodie Competition is one such avenue; another, is that each week John and I are together, I try to make one "interesting" dish.  It's something I probably would have passed over on any other day.  But, this day, I stop and say, "Hmmm, let's try it". 

So, when I picked up some rice this week and saw the Cajun Poola recipe, I thought, why not?  I mean, I constantly tell John I don't like cajun spices, but he loves them.  In fact, sometimes he throws it on already cooked dishes (it's very annoying).  Since he has a big math test this week, a cajun dish was just the thing to inspire him to greatness! 
Cajun Poola
Serves:  6
2 boneless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons cajun spices
1/2 white onion (diced small)
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 cup petite diced tomatoes
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cups half and half
3 cups prepared rice
6 slices of pre-cooked bacon

Cube the chicken into bite-sized pieces and coat with cajun spices.  Set aside.  In a large skillet (I used a wok), add enough oil to coat the pan.  Let the oil heat up over medium heat and add the onion and garlic.  Let cook for about 2 minutes, until fragrant and onion is translucent.  Then, add the chicken.  Cook the chicken about 10 minutes until brown over medium heat.  Add the celery, tomatoes, corn, red pepper flakes and garlic powder.  Let cook about 5 minutes more.  Then, add the half and half.  Let simmer together about 10 minutes.  Stir in the rice (it will suck up most of the sauce).  Crumble bacon and serve over the chicken and rice mixture.

I added the extra spices (and more cajun spice) because it didn't call for any of it and I was afraid it would be too bland.  I loved it, the bacon gave it a nice salty flavoring (part of the reason I used no salt).  It was delicious but way too much for the two of us.  I told John he'd be eating this until Thanksgiving!!!

Until the next time my oven is on...

In other news, John was chosen by Marx Foods to enter their "Chile and a Spoon" contest so he will be guest blogging this week!  Woohoo!  Stay tuned for that...should be coming later on this week!

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