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Weight Watchers Cajun Chicken and Rice


Weight Watchers Cajun Chicken and Rice Recipe. A healthy, one skillet meal with bell pepper, onion, cumin, chili powder, tomatoes, and olives.

This dish is low calorie, with 173 calories, 2 WW Freestyle Points and 6 Smart Points.

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Tips and Tricks

Preparing Vegetables

Ensure the garlic, onion, and green pepper are finely chopped for even cooking. This helps in releasing their flavors effectively.

Cooking the Vegetables

When sautéing the vegetables, stir frequently to prevent them from sticking to the pan and to ensure they cook evenly. Cooking them until they are tender, but not browned, usually takes about 8 minutes.

Blooming the Spices

Adding the cumin, chili powder, and Cajun seasoning and cooking them for about a minute helps to bloom the spices, enhancing their flavors. Stir continuously to avoid burning the spices.

Toasting the Rice

Stirring the rice in the skillet until the grains are coated with the spices and oil helps toasting the rice, which adds a subtle nutty flavor to the dish.

Adding Liquids

When adding water and stewed tomatoes, make sure to bring the mixture to a boil before reducing the heat. This ensures the rice starts cooking properly and absorbs the flavors of the liquid.

Simmering

Simmer the rice covered, reducing the heat to low. Avoid lifting the lid frequently to ensure the steam stays trapped, which is essential for cooking the rice evenly.

Final Steps

After the initial simmering, add the cooked chicken and olives. Stir them into the rice mixture, cover, and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the chicken is heated through and the rice is tender.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this dish as a flavorful main course. It pairs well with a side salad, cornbread, or steamed vegetables. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro for added freshness.

Storing Leftovers

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a splash of water or broth if needed to prevent the rice from drying out.

Customizing the Recipe

Feel free to customize the recipe by adding other ingredients such as black beans, corn, or diced tomatoes. You can also adjust the level of Cajun seasoning to suit your taste preference for spiciness.


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Weight Watchers Cajun Chicken and Rice

Weight Watchers Cajun Chicken and Rice

Nesting Lane
A healthy, low calorie, spicy one skillet meal with 2 WW Freestyle Points and 6 Smart Points.
4.91 from 11 votes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sized nonstick skillet, heat oil at medium/high heat.
  • Put garlic, onion and green pepper in skillet, while stirring often, cook approx 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Add cumin, chili powder, and Cajun seasoning to the skillet. Stir and cook approx 1 minute.
  • Put rice in the skillet, stir continuously until grains are coated, approx 1 minute.
  • Put water and tomatoes in the skillet, and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat & simmer, for 15 minutes.
  • Put chicken and olives in skillet, cover; cook covered approx 5 minutes or until chicken is hot and rice is done.

Notes

MyWW Points: 2 Blue Plan and 6 Green Plan
2 WW Freestyle Points and 6 Weight Watchers Smart Points
We are not associated with Weight Watchers/WW in any way. Double check points on their official calculator.

Nutrition

Serving: 286gCalories: 172.9kcalCarbohydrates: 22.9gProtein: 11.5gFat: 4.3gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 26.2mgSodium: 281.5mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 6.6g
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2 Comments

  1. What is the serving size? It doesn’t say anywhere on this website.

4.91 from 11 votes (11 ratings without comment)

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