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Creole Chicken with Red Beans and Spinach

Creole Chicken with Red Beans and Spinach

Serves: 4

Category: Main Dishes - Non-Vegan
Tags: Non-Vegan, Aggressive Weight Loss, Diabetes Reversal

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1 (6-8 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast, sliced thinly crosswise (see note)
2 1/4 cups no-salt-added or low sodium vegetable broth, divided
1 teaspoon Dr. Fuhrman's VegiZest or other no-salt seasoning blend
1 1/2 cups cooked red kidney beans or 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added or low sodium beans, drained
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup chopped celery
1 large green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried
2 teaspoons chili powder, or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper, or more to taste
10 ounces spinach
2 cups cooked wild rice


Place chicken in a small flat-bottomed pot. Cover with 1 1/2 cups of the vegetable broth. Add VegiZest or other seasoning blend. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a very low simmer. Partly cover and simmer for 10 to 14 minutes, until cooked through. Drain and cut into thin strips.

Combine remaining 3/4 cup vegetable broth and other ingredients except for spinach and rice in a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer covered, for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in spinach and when spinach is wilted, add cooked chicken.

Serve over wild rice.

Note: 14 ounces of extra firm tofu can be substituted for the chicken. Squeeze as much water from the tofu as possible. Wrap tofu in several layers of paper towels and place on a plate or cutting board. Cover with a second plate and balance a heavy can or two on top to weigh down the plate and press the tofu. Set aside and let drain for 30 minutes. Remove and discard paper towels. Cut tofu into cubes and place on a parchment or silpat-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with some chili powder and bake for 30 minutes or until golden and just crisp, turning halfway through.

Calories 285; Protein 22 g; Carbohydrates 46 g; Sugars 5 g; Total Fat 2.5 g; Saturated Fat 0.5 g; Cholesterol 27.2 mg; Sodium 240 mg; Fiber 11 g; Beta-Carotene 4755 ug; Vitamin C 69 mg; Calcium 149 mg; Iron 5.6 mg; Folate 281 ug; Magnesium 145 mg; Potassium 1290 mg; Zinc 2.8 mg; Selenium 16.7 ug

Comments (15):



05/28/2011 08:32 PM

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I made this as one of my first recipes here at ELF and it was fabulous!


08/02/2011 06:11 AM

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Delicious! I used fresh spinach instead of frozen. Also I didn't have enough chili sauce so I used half chili sauce and half salsa, it was awesome. Will definitely make this recipe again!


08/14/2011 12:00 AM

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Now one of my favorite recipes- my husband loved as well


09/30/2011 04:00 PM

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This was fabulous. The taste was super. I will feed this to the whole family when we get together. Just our first week, I hope I find more great recipes like this one! 5 stars


10/24/2011 10:38 AM

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One of my favorites. Tastes great!


03/17/2012 05:48 PM

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This was okay, but our family didn't really like the tangy taste of the chili sauce in the dish. I might make this again and just omit the chili sauce since we all like everything else that goes into the dish.
This comment was last edited on 03/17/2012 05:49 PM


03/02/2013 11:29 AM

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My husband particularly enjoys this meal since he likes to eat meat (more than I do)! We have served it when we've had company and gotten several compliments. It is tangy as described above but I think that makes this recipe more original.


04/09/2013 04:39 PM

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It was very good!!! Very easy to do! The hubby and I loved it!!!
This comment was last edited on 04/09/2013 04:40 PM


08/18/2013 10:42 PM

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The whole family loved it - so fresh and crunchy! Great dish for the summer.


09/29/2013 03:04 PM

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This was very good. I used fresh baby spinach instead of frozen. For some reason I wanted okra with it. Next time I will add okra to the recipe

Elaine Garces

02/28/2014 03:12 PM

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Very good recipe. Easy to make. I made this twice so far.


04/18/2014 12:25 PM

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I did enjoy this dish. We added quite a bit of additional creole seasoning to the dish as it tasted quite bland. The picture looks like it is full of chicken, when in reality it was more soup than meat. Found a great recipe for making my own creole seasoning blend on so I could control the salt.


06/19/2014 12:39 AM

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Thank you! This will be a weekly dish. The celery gives it a great texture. Only good things to say about this. If you need more kick just add some more red pepper flakes.


03/15/2018 09:14 PM

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This wasn't great but it wasn't terrible either.  I wanted to like it more, but the flavor was too basic, mainly tomato sauce and bell peppers.  It needs something.  Rating:  3 out of 5.


03/09/2020 01:03 PM

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Didn't like the chili powder taste