Southern Stewed Chicken Recipe

Let’s talk food, food. In the South, when we said we want “food, food” we mean real, home cooking. No fast food. We want something we can feel! Something that’s a labor of love. Usually it’s some kind of meat and gravy that has been simmering on the stove for at least an hour. Today, I’m talking Southern style Stewed Chicken. It’s what my ancestors made to fill up their families. It’s relatively inexpensive and goes a long way. Plus, it’s easy to whip up. I’ll show ya!

Cheap Bird

Did you know that buying a whole chicken and cutting it up yourself will save you some coins? Go price thighs, breasts, and wing separately. Now, go look at how much a whole chicken costs. See? I got this for $4 and some cents. Can’t beat that! I cut it up and seasoned it WELL! One thing that hurts my feelings is under seasoned chicken! It may look like a lot of spice, but I promise you the chicken can handle it. Plus, this is the only time we’ll be adding seasoning in this recipe. The chicken holds the responsibility of flavoring the whole meal. It’s definitely up for the task.

Give it Some Color

Browning the chicken is an important step. Not everyone does this. But, I’m not a fan of soggy skin on chicken. So I brown to add more flavor and for crispier skin. Doesn’t take long. But, the flavor is undeniable.

Simmer Time

This is not a quick meal. I turn the pot on low and let it go. Low and slow is the key. We want that gravy thick and the chicken melting right on off of the bone! And that’s exactly what you’ll get with this recipe. My mom always added potatoes to the mix. They soak up so much of that chicken flavor and are so delicious in this dish! It’s optional. But, I’d recommend you try it. 

Some serve this over noodles. I prefer it over rice. But, that part is completely up to you. Add a green veggie and some cornbread!

Happy Cooking,B. Coop

Southern Stewed Chicken

Southern style stewed chicken and gravy that will stick to your bones! Well seasoned chicken that falls right off the bone into a luscious, savory, homemade gravy.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken cut into parts
  • 1 TBS Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 TBS poultry seasoning
  • 1 TBS Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper finely diced
  • 1-2 celery stalks finely chopped
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4-5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 potatoes peeled and cut into small chunks
  • Salt and pepper to taste you won’t need it😉
  • Cooked white rice

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken evenly with the Cajun seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, and Italian seasoning.
  2. In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil.
  3. When the oil is hot, add in the chicken; skin side down first.
  4. Brown the chicken on each side for 3 minutes.
  5. Set aside;
  6. Add the butter to the same pot and allow it to melt.
  7. Stir in the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic.
  8. Sauté for 2-3 mins.
  9. Sprinkle in the flour.
  10. Stir for about 1 minute or until the flour is no longer visible.
  11. Stir in the broth
  12. Bring to a simmer.
  13. Add the chicken back into the pot.
  14. Reduce the heat to low, cover with the lid, and cook for 1 hour.
  15. Optional: After one hour of cooking, add in the potatoes.
  16. Continue cooking for 30 mins to an hour until potatoes are cooked and chicken is as tender as you’d like.
  17. Taste and adjust as needed
  18. Serve over warm rice.
  19. Enjoy!

Louisiana Crawfish Boil Recipe

To my Cookies that aren’t familiar with Cajun cuisine, allow me to introduce you to a delicacy here in Louisiana. The Crawfish. Nothing gathers people together more than a good ole Crawfish Boil down here! Listen, this little red suckers bring a different kind of joy to our hearts! I can’t even explain the taste. But, let me try…It’s kind of like a mini lobster with 100x more flavor! Of course, everyone here has their own way of boiling. You already know I had to come up with the easiest method that also has the most flavor! Here’s how I prepare my Crawfish Boil and bless my folks!

Clean ‘Em Up!

Your sack of crawfish are going to be dirty! Don’t be alarmed. They come from the swamp. So, a little dirt is expected. We pour them into large cooler and place the water hose inside it. Then, open the drainage hole. Allow the water to run for about 20 minutes or until the water in the cooler is clean.

You should be able to see the crawfish clearly. You also want to remove any dead crawfish you see floating around. If their tails are straight, they’ve gone to glory. Toss ‘em! You definitely do not want to eat a crawfish that gave up the ghost before hitting that hot water. Gross!

When filling your boiling pot with water, make sure you fill it about 2-3 inches above the half way mark.

Just Right!

You guys know I’m a flavor girl. I worked extra hard making sure these crawdaddies were seasoned to perfection. You want them to have the right amount of kick. If they’re too spicy, it’s hard to enjoy them. You want them jusssssst right! You know, like Goldilocks ole breaking and entering behind. Anyway, I like to season well! I use a mix of both Zatarain’s and Louisiana Fish Fry Products boil seasonings. Both are brands will incredible flavor! I also add one, 8 ounce bottle of liquid boil. The Garlic & Onion flavor is a tad bit less spicy than the original concentrate. It adds just the right amount of kick. If you like extra, EXTRA spicy crawfish, add another bottle.

I know what you’re thinking. “Coop, what the hell?” But, listen, you know if I don’t know anything else, I know how to add flavor to some food, okay? So, trust me on this. Do NOT skip this chicken bouillon!! Also, don’t skip the butter. Because, well, butter makes every damn thing good!

And don’t be shy with the veggies and citrus. They bring so much more out of the boil! And a secret, must have ingredient: vinegar. Plain, white, distilled vinegar. A cup will do. This makes the crawfish shells easier to peel. It also calms the smell. The scent of crawfish can linger on your fingers long after washing your hands. This little splash of vinegar takes care of that! You can even eat them inside of your house without worrying about stinking up your walls and furniture. Thank God for vinegar!

Cool Off, Cool Off

The most important part of the boil, other than choosing the right amount of seasoning, is the cooling/soaking process. Crawfish boils super fast! Within 5 minutes, they will be beautifully red and floating at the top of the pot. This is when you need to drop that temperature. 150°F is ideal for soaking. Adding in frozen corn and sausages helps. But, you need to do more to drop the temperature fast enough. If not, the crawfish will overcook and become a mush. Some like to add ice. I don’t recommend that because ice can dilute the boil and take away some of the flavor we worked so hard to build. I use the Boil Boss! It’s an innovative and easy to use ring that attaches to your water hose. It works amazingly! It dropped my Boil from 220°F to 150°F in a little over 3 minutes! It also locks in the juice. I had the juiciest crawfish of my life using this thing! Get yours here (NOT SPONSORED): https://theboilboss.com

It is said that when the crawfish sinks to the bottom of the pot, it has sucked in as much flavor as possible. But, I find that the longer you soak, the spicier they become. So, taste as you soak. I soaked for about 40 minutes. Since the Boil Boss drooped the temp, I didn’t have to worry about my crawfish overcooking. It allotted them plenty of extra soaking time. 

I was intimidated about boiling crawfish. But, there’s nothing to it! Just follow my instructions and watch the video until you’re ready to confidently tackle your first boil. You can do it! And just look at the reward!!

Happy Boiling,

B. Coop

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The Best Crawfish Boil Recipe

A good, ole Louisiana Crawfish Boil how-to including the recipe for the most flavorful boil you’ll ever enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 30-40 lbs live crawfish
  • 2.5 lbs Zatarain’s Crawfish Shrimp, and Crab Boil Complete
  • 2 lbs Louisiana Crawfish Shrimp, and Crab Boil
  • 8 oz Zatarain’s liquid Shrimp & Crab Boil Garlic & Onion flavor
  • 1 cup distilled vinegar
  • 7-8 oz powdered chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 3 onions
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 3 garlic pods
  • 3 oranges
  • 3-4 lemons
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • Boiling potatoes
  • Frozen corn
  • Sausage frozen or thawed

Instructions

  1. Pour crawfish into a large cooler with a drainage hole
  2. Place water hose into cooler and run water into the cooler with the drainage hole opened.
  3. Remove any dead crawfish (if the tails are straight, they’re gone!)
  4. Continue until the water in the cooler is clear
  5. Turn on the fire and place the boiling pot on top
  6. Fill the pot with water until it is 2-3 inches over halfway full.
  7. And in the Zatarain’s seasoning (both powder and liquid), the Louisiana seasoning, chicken bouillon, salt, and vinegar.

  8. Stir well.
  9. Place the holed, steamer insert into the pot
  10. Add in the veggies
  11. Squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemons before toss them into the pot.
  12. Add the butter and stir well.
  13. Cover the pot with the lid to encourage the boil
  14. Once boiling, add on the potatoes
  15. Stir, cover with the lid, and allow to boil for 10 minutes.
  16. Carefully remove the steamer insert
  17. Pour crawfish into the insert on top of the potatoes.
  18. Carefully place insert back into the pot.
  19. Cover with a lid and boil the crawfish for 5-7 minutes
  20. Turn the fire off.
  21. Add in frozen corn and/or sausage to help cool the boil.
  22. Stir until the temp inside the pot has lowered to 150°F *see video and info above for instructions*
  23. Cover and allow the crawfish to soak for at least 30 minutes; or until the corn and sausage is done, and the majority of the crawfish has sunk to the bottom of the pot**
  24. Remove the steamer insert and allow it to drain.
  25. Enjoy!

Smothered Steak and Gravy Recipe

The craziness of the 2020 pandemic has everyone desperately in need of a huge hug. And since my arms can’t reach you all, I wanted to give you comfort the only way I know how. Through food! My Smothered Steak and Gravy recipe is my virtual hug to you and your family. It’s warm, filling, and easy to make. I hope a good meal will bring you some relief and comfort in knowing that this, too, shall pass!

I use a relatively inexpensive cut of beef. So, please don’t over think this recipe. Eye round, top sirloin, cube steak, etc. will be fine. Basically, if it’s under $8, it will work.

You may opt to leave the steak whole if you’d like. I cut it against the grain into chunks. This makes the cooking process a little shorter as the pieces become tender faster.

One hour of simmer was all it took me for my steak to tenderize. If you have a different cut of meat, the cook time will vary. Just check it every 30 minutes.

This dish can be served over rice. But, my favorite is to pour it over my Garlic Mashed Potatoes! Recipe: https://coopcancook.com/garlic-mashed-potatoes/ However, you serve it, it’ll be great!

Happy Cooking,

B. Coop

Smothered Steak & Gravy Recipe

Southern style beef steaks smothered in a savory onion, pepper, and mushroom gravy.

Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs gravy steak Chuck steak, sirloin tender steak, beef tips, etc.
  • 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBS seasoning salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 1 TBS poultry or steak seasoning
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 bell pepper sliced
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 3 TBS flour from the same 1 1/2 cup flour used earlier
  • 1/3 cup sherry cooking wine
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 2 heaping TBS sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Green onions to garnish

Instructions

  1. Cut steak into large chunks
  2. Toss steak in Worcestershire sauce and the seasoning salt
  3. In a shallow dish, pour in the flour, onion powder, garlic powder, and seasoning. Stir.
  4. Dredge the steak pieces in the flour. Coat all sides well; shake off excess
  5. Reserve the flour for later
  6. Heat oil in a skillet
  7. Add in the steak and brown on each side; 2-3 mins per side
  8. Remove the steak
  9. Add the butter into the skillet
  10. When the butter melts, add in the onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms
  11. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt
  12. Sauté until veggies soften; about 3 mins
  13. Sprinkle 3 TBS of the reserved flour used for dredging the steak
  14. Stir until the flour is no longer visible
  15. Pour in the sherry; stir
  16. Add in the beef stock and beef bouillon cube
  17. Bring to a simmer
  18. Return the steak back into skillet
  19. Reduce heat to medium low
  20. Stir, cover with the lid, and cook for 1 hour or until steak is tender.
  21. Add in the sour cream and stir until it dissolves
  22. Taste and add salt and black pepper as needed.
  23. Garnish with green onions
  24. Serve over garlic mashed potatoes or rice.
  25. Enjoy!

Creamy Crock-Pot Red Beans Recipe

I’ve pretty much been called the Master of Red Beans and Rice. But, I prefer the title “Red Bean Queen”. Or maybe, “The Sensei”! Anyway, I love making some dang on red beans! I’ve worked hard at perfecting the taste and texture in different cooking methods. There’s the stovetop version and the pressure cooker one. But, I was missing the slow cooker method. Not anymore!

It’s a dump and go slow cooker meal. Don’t we love those? I brown the sausage. Then, saute the veggies, the Trinity, in those yummy and flavorful sausage drippings. After that’s done, you just dump it all into the slow cooker along with quick soaked, red beans.

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Crockpot Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry red beans
  • 1 lb sausage coined
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 diced bell pepper
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 5 TBS butter
  • Cajun seasoning and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Sort beans to remove the bad ones and rinse well.
  2. Add the beans to a large pot and cover them with about 2 inches of water
  3. Bring the pot to a boil
  4. Boil for 5 mins then turn off the heat
  5. Allow the beans to soak in the pot for 20-25 mins
  6. Drain water off of the beans; set aside
  7. Brown sausage in a pan
  8. Remove sausage leaving sausage drippings in pan. Set aside.
  9. Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery to the same pan.
  10. Sauté for 3 minutes
  11. Spray the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray
  12. Add in all ingredients EXCEPT the butter, Cajun seasoning, and black pepper
  13. Stir well.
  14. Cover with the lid and cook on HIGH for 4 hours
  15. Stir in the butter
  16. Season to taste with the Cajun seasoning and black pepper.
  17. Cover and continue cooking on HIGH for 1 hour.
  18. Remove the lid and stir
  19. Allow the beans to cook on HIGH for the last hour uncovered. Do NOT place the lid back on the slow cooker during the final hour of cooking.
  20. Serve over warm rice.
  21. Enjoy!

Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

Easy dinners are my thing. And the Crock-Pot makes things even more convenient. My Chicken Spaghetti recipe has been a favorite on the site for awhile. I decided to make it more fuss free by sharing the slow cooker version!

Don’t be afraid! I know this dump and go method looks gross. Trust the process! It all adds to the ease of this recipe. Just pour in the goods, cover it all with a lid, and go on about your life.

Kid approved! This Chicken Spaghetti made in a slow cooker is magically delicious. That was corny. But, this stuff is a life saver for busy households! It stretches and goes a long way. Serve with a veggie and some crusty bread. Dinner is served!

Happy Cooking,

B. Coop

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Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 diced celery stalk
  • 1 TBS seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup*
  • 10 oz can rotel
  • 1 cup half and half or milk
  • 2 cups American cheese cubed
  • 4 oz cream cheese cubed *optional*
  • 1 lb thin spaghetti uncooked
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Parsley to garnish

Instructions

  1. Spray crockpot with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Add in the first 11 ingredients
  3. Place the lid on a cook on LOW for 4 hrs or on HIGH for 2 hrs
  4. Remove the chicken and shred it.
  5. Pour in the half and half or milk
  6. Stir
  7. Add in the American cheese and cream cheese
  8. Add the spaghetti and press it down into the liquid. Make sure the spaghetti is complete covered.
  9. Add the chicken back in
  10. Place the lid back on
  11. Cook on HIGH until the spaghetti is completely cooked; check every 15 minutes
  12. Stir well
  13. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired
  14. Garnish with fresh parsley
  15. Enjoy!

Stuffed Crawfish Bread Recipe

Stuffed Crawfish Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs crawfish tails
  • 2 tubes crescent rolls or sheets
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/4 cup diced bell peppers
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 1 TBS Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1-2 tsp liquid shrimp and crab boil
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 heaping TBS mayo
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 slices Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 TBS fresh chopped green onions
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBS water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Melt butter in a pan
  3. Add in the onions and bell peppers
  4. Sauté for 3-4 minutes
  5. And in the garlic
  6. Sauté for 30 seconds
  7. Stir in the crawfish tails
  8. Add the Cajun seasoning, onion powder, and liquid shrimp and crab boil.
  9. Stir for 4 minutes or until crawfish are hot. Do not overcook the crawfish.
  10. Remove from heat
  11. Add the cream cheese into a mixing bowl
  12. Pour the crawfish mixture on top.
  13. Add in the mayo, Parmesan cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and green onions.
  14. Stir well to combine.
  15. Unroll the tubes of dough and place them parallel to each other onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. *
  16. Overlap the dough sheets by one inch, pressing them together to make one large sheet of dough.
  17. Pour the mixture evenly into the center of the dough.
  18. Lay the mozzarella slices on top of the crawfish stuffing.
  19. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut 1 inch wide slits in the dough starting from the edge all the way to the crawfish stuffing.
  20. Fold each strip of dough across the mixture overlapping them with the strips on the opposite side in a braid like fashion.
  21. In a small dish, create an egg wash by whisking the egg with the water.
  22. Brush the egg wash over the top of the dough
  23. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until dough is golden brown.
  24. Allow it cool for 20 minutes before cutting.
  25. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*If using crescent rolls, press the perforated lines together.

Mardi Gras Pull Apart King Cake

Cookies, dough and active yeast scares the mess out of me! Oh, Hi! Sorry. I just got right to it. But, yeah! That whole bread making stuff…I’m not ready. So, that’s why I’ve been ignoring king cake recipe requests for two years! I know, I suck! But, I think I’ve come up with a healthy medium that will make all of us happy! Monkey Bread King Cake!

Thank God for that little white dough boy that made these magical tubes of cinnamon rolls! All you have to do is pop the top and bake! Perfect! Makes king caking a breeze! Cinnamon and sugar already included. They even added the frosting! Win!

Ditch the package instructions on those rolls, though. We’re going to make our own rules now. Just bake until golden. This will take about 25-30 minutes. Feels good not having to wait on yeast to rise, right?

This sauce is my favorite. It’s like pralines without the pecans. If you’re a fan of nuts, go ahead and add a few! That will take this every more over the top!

I combined the frosting from the rolls with cream cheese and a couple of extras to make this heavenly frosting. It’s the perfect foundation for the colorful sugars we’ll add next!

Definitely can’t celebrate Mardi Gras without the signature colors! Use a spoon to sprinkle on those sanding sugars. Perfect job for the kiddos! Let them make a mess! It tastes better.

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler,

B. Coop

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Pull Apart King Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 tubes cinnamon rolls not Grands
  • 4 TBS butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup + 1 TBS heavy whipping cream
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 2 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 frosting cups from the cinnamon rolls
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • green purple, and yellow sanding sugars
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray
  3. Cut each cinnamon roll into 4 pieces
  4. Place half of the cinnamon roll pieces into the Bundt pan.
  5. In a saucepan, melt the butter
  6. Stir in the brown sugar, 1/3 cup of the heavy whipping cream, and the vanilla extract
  7. Bring to a low boil
  8. Lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes while stirring.
  9. Remove from heat
  10. Pour half of the candied sauce evenly over the cinnamon roll pieces in the bundt pan
  11. Place the remaining pieces into the pan
  12. Then, pour the rest of the sauce over the cinnamon rolls.
  13. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.
  14. Flip the Bundt pan over onto a cake plate
  15. Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes
  16. In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, frosting from the cups included in the cinnamon roll tubes, powdered sugar, and 1 TBS of heavy whipping cream.
  17. Whisk well.
  18. Pour the frosting over the king cake.
  19. Decorate the cake by sprinkling the sanding sugars on top.
  20. Enjoy!

Chicken Rigatoni Alfredo

This is by far the best pasta I’ve ever had! No, I’m not just saying that because I made it. It seriously is the best! Not only is the flavor incredible, it’s extremely easy to prepare. The chicken is juicy and and cut small enough to get a piece in every bite! Rigatoni is most popularly used in red sauce. But, it is perfect for Alfredo as well. Its cylindrical shape stores up the right amount of sauce to leave you pleasantly surprised when you chew. It’s easily become my favorite, go to pasta recipe! And I’m sure it will be yours as well.

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Chicken Rigatoni Alfredo Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1-2 TBS poultry seasoning
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1 1/2 cups diced mushrooms
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup + 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 TBS Italian seasoning
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 1 TBS Cajun seasoning or seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups rigatoni
  • Fresh chopped basil to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and season with poultry seasoning
  3. Heat oil in an oven safe skillet
  4. Add in the chicken
  5. Allow the chicken to cook completely
  6. In a separate pot, bring 3 cups of chicken broth to a boil
  7. Stir in the rigatoni and cooking according to package instructions until it’s al dente.
  8. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside
  9. In the same skillet, add in the butter
  10. Once the butter melts, stir in the mushrooms and garlic
  11. Sauté for 30 seconds
  12. Add in the broccoli
  13. Sprinkle on 1/2 tsp salt
  14. Stir for one minute
  15. Pour in 1 cup of chicken broth
  16. Allow broth to simmer until it reduces
  17. Pour in the heavy whipping cream
  18. Stir in the cream cheese
  19. As the cream cheese melts, stir in the Italian seasoning, onion powder, Cajun seasoning, cracked black pepper, and garlic powder.
  20. Stir in the drained rigatoni and return the chicken back into the skillet
  21. Stir in 1 cup of Parmesan cheese and 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese.
  22. Stir well.
  23. Top it with the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan and the 1/2 cup of Mozzarella
  24. Bake, uncovered, for 10-15 mins or until the cheese has melted.
  25. Garnish with fresh, chopped basil
  26. Enjoy!

Crock-Pot Jambalaya Recipe

There are countless slow cooker jambalaya recipes across our wonderful, worldwide web. To my dismay, none of them resembled the Jambalaya I’m used to. You know I had to change that! Growing up in Southern Louisiana, I’ve had my share of bowls of the best Jambalaya! The Jambalaya I’m accustomed to isn’t red. It’s more brown based. Instead of a soup being served over rice like Gumbo, our version is comprised of rice. It’s spicy goodness and I have to show to how it’s done in my neck of the woods!

All in the Seasoning

The heart of this recipe is the spiced broth! I like to start by blooming spices in chicken broth. I pour the broth in the bottom of my Crock-Pot, then pile on the spices! I do this because I do not season the actual chicken pieces. I solely rely on the broth to flavor the chicken. Works like a charm!

Release the Grease

Since we’re using a slow cooker, it’s impossible to achieve those nice crisp edges on our sausage coins. We have to brown them a bit before adding them in. You can do this by sautéing them on the stove. Or, popping them in the oven for a few minutes. I choose the oven. This will also reduce the amount of added grease in our dish from the sausages.

Ditch the Fork

Down here, we shred the chicken after it’s cooked. An easy way to do this is to dump the chicken into a stand mixer and let it rip! 30 seconds of mixing will yield perfectly shredded bird. No more forks!

Parboiled Rice is the Trick

Parboiled rice…I’ll give my beginner cooks a chance to google it. Got it? Cool. This is what I like to call “Jambalaya Rice”. The worst kind of situation is to have gummy rice in this dish. It’s not the business! Parboiled rice is also great to use in any slow cooker recipes containing rice. It’s cooks beautifully in Crock-Pots.

Don’t Forget the Shrimp

I totally did this initially. Prepared the dish and became so excited with the outcome that I forgot to incorporate the shrimp! It’s really perfect without the shrimp for those with allergies. You won’t miss it. But, my seafood lovers should definitely add in the shrimp!
Now, this is good ole Southeast, Louisiana Jambalaya!

Happy Cooking,

B. Coop

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Crock-Pot Jambalaya Recipe

The absolute best Cajun style Jambalaya recipe. Patterned after the traditional Jambalaya served in southern Louisiana, the recipe is flavorful and filling. Loads of chicken, sausage, shrimp, and rice. This is a full meal all in one.

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 lb smoked sausage browned*
  • 1 lb large peeled raw shrimp
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks finely diced
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2-3 TBS Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 2 TBS paprika
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 TBS Italian seasoning
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 2 cups parboiled rice**
  • Fresh parsley to garnish
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Spray the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Pour in the chicken broth
  3. Add in the Cajun seasoning, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  4. Stir in the garlic and tomato paste
  5. Add the chicken thighs
  6. Add in the onion, bell pepper, celery, and smoked sausage
  7. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or on LOW for 4-5 hours.
  8. Remove the chicken and shred it.
  9. Return the chicken back into the slow cooker
  10. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  11. Stir in the rice
  12. Cover and continue cooking on HIGH for 1 hour or on LOW for 2 hours.
  13. Stir in the shrimp.
  14. Cover and cook for an additional 20 minutes on HIGH or until the shrimp are fully cooked
  15. Stir and fluff.
  16. Garnish with fresh, chopped parsley
  17. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*To brown the sausage, place it into a shallow pan and bake on 375°F for 10 minutes.
**Using long grain white rice will alter the timing and texture. Parboiled rice is recommended for this dish.

Crock-Pot Brisket Recipe

Brisket can be a very intimidating meat. I know. Because, I was terrified of the thing for years! When I realized that I could prepare it in a slow cooker, a gain an instant sense of confidence. Do you really mean to tell me that I can cook a dang brisket in a Crock-pot? Hell yes!

My local meat market only had flat cut brisket available. That’s why the mine may look a bit different from the larger chunk you may be used to. No worries, though. This recipe will work for all cuts of brisket.

Don’t Lose the Fat!

The layer of fat on your brisket may be thick or thin depending on the cut you’re using. I prefer to have a 1/4 inch layer of fat on my brisket. I find that it keeps the meat perfectly juicy without an overload of thick fat covering the meat. But, you never want to trim all of the fat off your brisket. The fat has all of the flavor! I don’t add any additional liquid to my slow cooker. By the time the brisket is complete, you’ll find about 1 1/2 cup of liquid surrounding your meat. It’s all from the fat! It keeps the brisket nice and juice. Not to mention tender!

Rub-A-Dub

Feel free to use your favorite meat rub to make things easier. I used a delicious Applewood Chipotle rub and added about 1 TBS of salt to it as the rub isn’t salty enough for my taste in brisket. However, I do have an incredibly easy and flavorful homemade rub recipe. Very quick to mix up and it’s comprised of spices you probably already have in your spice rack. I’ll include it in the recipe below.

Even Cooking

When slow cooking any cut of beef, you would benefit from allowing it to come to room temperature before cooking. This will result in even cooking. You never want one or two areas of the meat to cook faster than the rest. After applying the rub, I allow the brisket to rest for about 30 minutes before placing it into the slow cooker.

Speaking of placing the brisket in the cooker, make sure you do it fat side up! This will cause all of those juices fat to seep down into the meat while slow cooking. Cool, right?

When your brisket is done, you can place it onto a baking sheet and broil it on center rack for about 5 minutes. This will char it a bit and give you those wonderful burnt ends we enjoy when brisket is barbecued. Or you can just enjoy this tender and juicy brisket as is! Totally up to you.

Another VERY IMPORTANT step is to rest the brisket before slicing! When you are done cooking, wrap the brisket in foil, and allow it to rest at room temperature for 45 minutes to an hour before slicing. This will allow the juices to settle. I know it’s torture to wait. Especially after smelling the goodness! But, trust me, it’ll be worth it.

Crock-Pot Brisket Recipe

This Brisket recipe is pretty much foolproof! The spice rub adds just the right amount of flavor. The slow cooker does all of the work. Let it cook while you sleep or work and forget about it!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 hours
Resting Time 45 minutes
Total Time 13 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb brisket
  • cooking spray

Brisket Spice Rub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1-2 TBS kosher salt per taste
  • 3 TBS smoked paprika
  • 2 TBS onion powder
  • 2 TBS garlic powder
  • 1 TBS Ancho chili powder
  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the Brisket Spice Rub ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Trim the fat side of the brisket until 1/4 inch of fat remains
  3. Evenly sprinkle the spice rub on all sides of the brisket; gently pat the rub into the meat
  4. Allow the brisket to rest at room temperature for 30-45 mins
  5. Spray the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray
  6. Place the brisket into the slow cooker (Make sure that the fat side of the brisket is facing upward)
  7. Set the cooker on LOW and cook for 10-12 hours
  8. Place the brisket on a baking sheet and broil in the oven on the center rack for 3-5 minutes or until the meat is as charred as desired.
  9. Remove the brisket from the oven and wrap it in foil
  10. Rest for 45 minutes to an hour before slicing against the grain to serve
  11. Enjoy!