Cajun Style Dirty Rice Recipe

Dirty rice in a vintage frying pan and a beer
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  • 85 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 65 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Cajun dirty rice is named after its "dirty" appearance, due to the addition of ground chicken livers. This classic dirty rice recipe calls for chicken livers, chopped vegetables, broth, and seasonings. Spicy and flavorful, this recipe is classic to this southern cuisine.

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What You'll Need

  • 3/4 pound chicken gizzards
  • 3 1/2 cups hot chicken broth or beef broth
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 pound ground lean pork
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions with tops
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or a few dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1/2 pound chicken livers, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 225° F.
  2. In a large saucepan, simmer the gizzards in the chicken or beef broth for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove gizzards with a slotted spoon; grind or mince. Reserve broth.
  3. Heat bacon drippings and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a heavy Dutch oven. Sauté the pork and gizzards over high heat until pork is no longer pink. Lower heat; add the chopped vegetables, garlic, paprika, and the cayenne or Tabasco. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  1. Add rice and reserved broth to the meat mixture; bring rapidly to a boil, stir once, cover, and lower heat. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  2. Sauté the finely chopped chicken livers in the remaining butter for 3 minutes. Toss with the rice, taste for seasoning, and add salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed.
  3. Cover and let rice rest in a 225° oven for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork just before serving.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 559
Total Fat 27 g
Saturated Fat 11 g
Unsaturated Fat 10 g
Cholesterol 135 mg
Sodium 624 mg
Carbohydrates 35 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 42 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)