Skip the run to the grocery store and make this Clean Out the Fridge Chicken & Dirty Rice Casserole! This casserole is savory and delicious, and it is so easy to throw together. It’s a great way to use up some of those food items in your fridge that have just been waiting to be eaten! This Clean Out the Fridge Chicken & Dirty Rice Casserole is hearty, satisfying, and full of New Orleans-style flavor.

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  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 6 ounces andouille sausage links, fully cooked and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups instant white rice, uncooked
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can tomatoes, fire-roasted, diced, and undrained
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 (5 ounce) chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped, optional


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2 –Prepare a 9×13-inch casserole dish by spraying it with cooking spray.

Step 3 –Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 4 –Combine the bell pepper, onion, celery, 1/2 teaspoon of the Cajun seasoning, the paprika, and cayenne in the skillet, and cook until the vegetables start to soften, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 5 –Add the sausage and cook until the sausage is heated through, about 5 minutes.

Step 6 –Add the contents of the skillet, rice, tomatoes, and broth to the greased casserole dish.

Step 7 –Combine the chicken, the remaining 2 tablespoons of the oil, and the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of the Cajun seasoning in a separate bowl.

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Step 8 –Toss until the chicken is fully coated.

Step 9 –Distribute the chicken on top of the rice mixture.

Step 10 –Cover the dish with aluminum foil.

Step 11 –Place in the oven and bake until the chicken is fully cooked (165 degrees F when tested with a meat thermometer) and the rice has fully absorbed the liquid, about 45-50 minutes

Step 12 –Top with the parsley and serve immediately!