Thanks to a couple of minor recipe tweaks and the addition of trusted flavor bombs like Cajun seasoning and hot sauce, this is a healthier twist on a Southern classic that is sure to be your favorite comfort meal.

20 min prep

4 servings 

17 ingredients 


  • 12 ounces frozen medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt  
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper  
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, plus
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, divided 
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced  
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced  
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced  
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced  
  • 4 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, cubed 
  • 1 (14.5 ounces) canned diced tomatoes  
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce 
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce  
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice  
  • 2½ cups chicken stock 
  • 2 bay leaves  


  1. Place shrimp in a bowl and season with ¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and ½ teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, warm olive oil on medium heat. Add diced bell peppers, onions, and celery for 10 minutes until onions are translucent. Add remaining salt and pepper and stir to incorporate. 
  3. Add the cubed chicken and sauté until chicken browns on all sides, about 8-10 minutes. Add tomatoes, mix, and cook until tomato mixture slightly darkens in color. Add remaining Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine.
  4. Add wild rice, chicken stock, and bay leaves and simmer for 35-40 minutes, or until rice is tender, but not mushy. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp about 8-10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed and serve.