Thanks to a couple of minor recipe tweaks and the addition of trusted flavor bombs like Cajun seasoning and hot sauce, this sausage-free twist on a Southern classic is sure to be one of... your favorite comfort meals.
Place shrimp in a bowl and season with ¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and ½ teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Set aside.
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.
Add the cubed chicken and saute 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.
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.
Recipe by Laura King, Drexel Food Lab
This dish is very filling and can be altered to any palate. Hearty vegetables, like butternut squash or potatoes, can be added and the spice level can also be kicked up a notch if you’d like.