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A new Bojangle’s restaurant recently sprung up in our neighborhood.  Having not visited a Bojangle’s in a while we decided to go.  It impressed us.  Their chicken is great but it was the Dirty Rice Cajun Style that got our attention.  The following recipe is a close copy.  Hope you enjoy it. – jughandle

Dirty rice Cajun Style is a traditional Creole dish made from white rice.   It gets a “dirty” color from small pieces of porkbeef or chicken, in addition to green bell peppercelery, and onion.  Most often cayenne and black pepper comprise the spices for the dish.  Parsley and chopped green onions are common garnishes.

Dirty Rice Cajun Style is most common in the Creole regions of southern Louisiana.  However, it can also be found in other areas of the American South and referenced as chicken & rice or rice dressing. – Wikipedia

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Dirty Rice Cajun Style

This is a close approximation of the flavor and texture of Bojangles Dirty Rice
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Cajun
Keywords Cajun Dirty Rice
Protein Chicken, pork
Cooking Method Boiled
Hot/Cold Dish Hot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Total Est Cost: under $10 for 8 servings
Servings 8
Author jughandle

What You Will Need:

  • 1 pound sausage - Should be andouille. Chicken giblets or bacon are acceptable.
  • 2 cups white rice - long grain
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 stalk green onion - diced fine
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic - diced
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 whole Bell Pepper - diced
  • 2 Stalks Celery - diced
  • 1 whole Yellow Onion - diced
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper - diced


  • Cook the rice in the chicken stock until done then set aside.
  • It is better to use Day old rice if you have it.
  • Saute the bacon, sausage or giblets (or any combination) in a cast iron pot until cooked but not crisp.
  • Remove the meat and set aside.
  • In the drippings, add the onion, bell pepper and celery, cooking until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the jalapeno and cook for another minute or so.
  • Do not drain.
  • Add  salt, pepper to taste and Cajun seasoning. (Slap Your Mama is great)
  • Return the meat to the pot; reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add a small amount of water only if needed to prevent sticking.
  • Add the cooked rice and green onion, stir, cover and reduce heat to a medium low simmer.
  • Heat through, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.


This dish is the central feature of a meal so you could serve it with a salad and a veggie, but it is also served as a side dish with hot sauce at the table.


Nutrition Facts
Dirty Rice Cajun Style
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 947mg41%
Potassium 313mg9%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 9.7mg12%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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