Wednesday, December 13, 2023

One Pot Cajun Chicken with "Modern" Succotash

One Pot Cajun Chicken with "Modern" Succotash is an easy weeknight meal that's bursting with flavors and full of veggies.

One Pot Cajun Chicken with "Modern" Succotash

During the busy holidays I love one pot meals that I can have on the table in 30 minutes.  This recipe features chicken that is cut into bite sized pieces, sprinkled with Cajun seasoning blend, and cooked quickly (think stir fry).  Then we move on to cooking the succotash which is a blend of vegetables.  It's popular in the South but my version has a more modern spin using corn, shelled edamame, cherry tomatoes, and green onions. The whole thing is then covered with a sauce that is luscious.  

You'll want to keep this dish in your rotation as it is a winner!  I served it over some basmati rice, but it would also be great over mashed potatoes, or polenta, and of course it will stand on its own as well.


What Ingredients do I need?

  • thin sliced boneless chicken breasts or 2 large regular cut chicken breasts
  • Cajun seasoning - I love this one and this one
  • olive oil - I love this brand
  • frozen roasted whole kernel corn
  • frozen shelled edamame
  • dried thyme
  • cherry tomatoes
  • green onions 
  • reduced sodium chicken broth
  • heavy cream
  • butter
  • Dijon mustard
  • Optional: hot cooked rice

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can substitute lima beans for the edamame
  • Use cut up pork tenderloin or turkey tenderloin instead of chicken
  • Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or polenta
  • Use chicken thighs if you prefer

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Remove the cooked chicken to a plate or a baking sheet until the vegetables and sauce and made.
  • Measure out all your ingredients so that they are ready to go when you start cooking.  This is a fast dish.
  • Do all your prep work before you start cooking to get dinner on the table faster.

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One Pot Cajun Chicken with "Modern" Succotash

serves 4

4 thin sliced boneless chicken breasts
2-3 tsp Cajun seasoning
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/4 cup frozen roasted whole kernel corn
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
1/2 tsp dried thyme
10-12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup sliced green onions (white and green parts) (about 2)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsp heavy cream
2 Tbsp butter
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
Optional:  hot cooked rice

Cut chicken breasts in to bite sized pieces.  Sprinkle Cajun seasoning all over the chicken, tossing to coat.  In a large skillet or wok heat oil over medium high heat.  Add the chicken and cook about 6-7 minutes or until the chicken is done.  Make sure to toss and turn chicken often as it is cooking (like a stir-fry method).  Transfer cooked chicken to a plate and keep warm.

Add corn and edamame to the skillet.  Cook about 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Add in tomatoes and green onions.  Add in salt and pepper to taste.  Stir to combine and heated through.  Add broth and thyme.  Loosen any browned bits on the bottom.  Bring the broth to a boil and boil gently for 3-5 minutes or until broth is reduced by half.  Add in cream and butter and stir until melted.  Add in the mustard and stir to combine.  Add back in chicken and heat through.  Pour into a serving bowl or platter and garnish with a few cherry tomato halves and extra green onions if you with.  Serve over rice if desired.

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