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Oct 17

One-Pot Spicy Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage

Spicy Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage

This One-Pot Spicy Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage is filling, flavorful comfort food bliss – with a kick! My mom was over when I made this for my site and she said she’d be really happy if she was served this dish at a restaurant with a cold beer, so I think that’s a win! I love when recipes all come together in one pot, it’s so much easier and it saves on clean up. Plus, once you cook the sausage and chicken for this recipe, the bottom of your pot will be coated in tasty flavors you can scrape up into your veggies and rice that give them that “dirty” rice color and make your taste buds happy. This recipe is spicy, but you can adjust the heat by adding less or more cayenne and crushed red pepper if you wish. The amounts I have below are a bit less than the original recipe I adapted it from, but this will still have a kick! My lightened up version rings in at just 405 calories or 6 WW Freestyle SmartPoints per serving!


Spicy Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage

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Spicy Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage


Spicy Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage

Yield: 6 servings (see nutrition for details)


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 6 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6 oz each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (24 oz total)
  • 1 (13 oz) link turkey smoked sausage, sliced (I used Hillshire Farm)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup dry long-grain white rice
  • 2 ¼ cups reduced sodium, fat free chicken broth
  • Optional: parsley for garnish


  1. In a small dish, mix together the salt, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, minced onion, oregano, ¼ teaspoon of the cayenne, the crushed red pepper, the lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of the olive oil to form a paste. Rub the paste over the surface of the chicken breasts on all sides. Set aside.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a dutch oven, bring 1 ½ teaspoons of oil over med-high heat. Once hot, add the sliced sausage and cook, stirring/flipping occasionally, until browned (about 5 minutes). Remove the sausage to a side plate.
  4. Add another 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil to the pot and allow them to come to temperature (should happen quickly). Add the chicken breasts in a single layer and sear on one side for 2-3 minutes. Flip the breasts and sear on the other side for another 2 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot to the plate with the sausage.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the remaining teaspoon of oil to the pot and allow it to heat up. Add the onions, celery and jalapeno and stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly to scrape up any brown bits of flavor stuck to the bottom of the pot and coat your veggies with flavor. Your veggies should start to look brown from mixing with the flavors on the bottom.
  6. Add the remaining ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper and rice and stir to combine. Add the broth and continue to “deglaze the pan” by scraping up any brown bits off the bottom. Increase the heat to medium and bring the contents to a simmer. Once simmering, add the sausage, chicken, and any juices on the plate back to the pot, placing the chicken in a single layer on top of the other ingredients. Return to a simmer and cover.
  7. Place the covered pot in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed into the rice. Slice the chicken before serving.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
6 per (1 cup of sausage and rice mixture + 2.75 oz chicken) serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
10 per (1 cup of sausage and rice mixture + 2.75 oz chicken) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers brand PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below)

Nutrition Information per (1 cup of sausage and rice mixture + 2.75 oz chicken) serving:
405 calories, 32 g carbs, 3 g sugars, 13 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 38 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

Lightly adapted from The Chunky Chef

32 comments on “One-Pot Spicy Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage”

  1. This looks soooo good! My husband and I used to make a similar, though much less healthy, dish, and I know he’d love this one! Especially with a nice cold beer! Thank you so much!

  2. How many servings does this make

    • The serving information can be found directly under the recipe title in the recipe section of each post!

  3. Would it be ok to use brown rice?

  4. Can I make it not spicy by leaving out the cayenne, red pepper flakes and jalapeno? Or will that alter the taste too much?

  5. My husband has Crohn’s and can’t have tomatoes (you’d be surprised how many recipes call for tomatoes of some kind). I’m always looking for friendly recipes for him. Thank you!!

  6. This looks like a healthy version of one of my favorite dishes — jambalaya. I cannot wait to try it!

  7. Excited to try this!!! Perfect for a cold fall night!!

  8. We just had this for dinner, it was fabulous. I had some creole seasoning so used that.  Next time I will seal the. Dutch oven with foil as mine didn’t cook as quickly. Truly delish.

  9. Made this tonight and my daughter said it’s the best meal I’ve ever made. Delicious!

  10. This looks delicious! 

    Any idea what the point value may be without the chicken breast? 
    Thanks in advance!

    • Boneless skinless chicken breasts are 0 points on the current plan so the points would remain the same if you omit the chicken

  11. I love it when I try a new recipe and it is “keeper.” My husband and I both loved it.

  12. Made this last night and it was so good. The rice tastes like a spicy rice-a-roni.

    Just curious, is there a specific reason that you don’t use any minced garlic when softening the vegis?

  13. I made this for company the other night and it was amazing! I omitted the veggies due to the preferences of my guest and added a can of kidney beans just because. I will definitely be making this again!

  14. I can’t wait to make this!! I think I will also add some 0 Point Shrimp to the mix. Thank you for this recipe and all the others you share with us. Please post some more “Baby Bites” pictures! <3

  15. I dont have a dutch oven! Would I be able to do this in an instant pot?

    • I just made this in a cast iron skillet and used foil to cover it while it baked. Worked like a charm!  This recipe is fantastic!

  16. I made this last night and it was amazing! For us, it was a little too spicy….but I’m definitely making it again and will omit the jalapeno and cut down on the cayenne. But if you like spice, this is a winner! The sausage and chicken were so tender that they just fell apart. I don’t have a dutch oven, so I cooked this in my skillet and placed that in the oven with a cover – worked fine!

  17. So excited to see this lightened up! I’ve made the original recipe many times as it’s a favorite! Been hoping to come acrossroos a healthier version. Can’t wait to try!

  18. This was excellent. 

  19. I made this tonight. Compliments all around from my 12 year old and 17 year old daughters. Delicious! Bummed because I thought there would be more leftovers but they went back for seconds. It will be gone when my husband gets home! Thanks for a delicious recipe.

  20. Question did you use instant rice or regular rice?

  21. What temperature should this be baked at? I can’t wait to try tonight!

  22. I made this tonight and we loved it!! My husband thoroughly enjoyed the dirty rice and had seconds. I’m on the freestyle plan and was satisfied by my serving of one cup dirty rice and one chicken breast (I also added a vegetable). Absolutely delicious!! Thank you for sharing such great and easy to follow recipes!! 

  23. Could cauliflower rice be used to cut points and carbs?

  24. I made this tonight and it was a huge hit in my four-adult household (three of whom aren’t on WW or dieting!). This is definitely going into my regular rotation, so easy and so good. 🙂

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