Adventures In Gluten-Free Cooking
Whitney Conquers The Kitchen Thanks To Zatarain’s Gluten-Free Rice Mixes
When I volunteered to create my very own original gluten-free recipe using one of Zatarain’s fabulous gluten-free rice mixes, there were a few raised eyebrows among the NFCA staff.
For one thing, I don’t eat gluten-free – at least not at home (the office is a different story). Secondly, I am not a cook. A great eater? For sure. But completely inept when it comes to anything related to the kitchen!
While I only recently learned that many of their products were gluten-free, I have been using Zatarain’s products for years. So with experience in my back pocket, I confidently accepted the challenge!
What I’ve always loved about Zatarain’s is that their products are incredibly versatile, and fit seamlessly into a variety of cuisines and dishes. For my foree into gluten-free cooking, I chose to stick to a New Orleans theme because I love spicy food – specifically Cajun chicken.
What’s also great about Zatarain’s is that you can get creative with their products. For instance, I chose Zatarain’s Gluten-Free Dirty Rice Mix, which calls for beef in the preparation instructions. But instead of beef, I added black beans – it worked like a charm and was just as delicious!
Whitney’s Cajun Chicken Tenders with Zatarain’s Dirty Rice
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Tenders (12 tenders in a pack)
- 1 box Zatarain’s Gluten-Free Dirty Rice Mix
- Black Beans (1 can, strained)
- Onion (2, chopped)
- Green Pepper (2, chopped)
- Gluten-free Cajun or Creole Seasoning Mix
- Olive Oil
To make chicken:
1. Empty Gluten-Free Cajun/Creole Seasoning Mix onto a small plate.
2. Brush tenders (both sides) lightly with olive oil, then coat in seasoning mix and place onto non stick or sprayed sauté pan.
3. Cook on medium heat until chicken is cooked all the way through and seasoning appears charred or blackened.
4. Place a paper towel onto a separate ‘finished’ place. Once tenders are cooked, place them onto the ‘finished’ plate and set aside.
To make rice:
1. Follow Zatarain’s Gluten-Free Dirty Rice Mix instructions for preparation, located on the back of the box. However, neglect instructions that call for ground meat – prepare without.
2. When rice is completely reduced and prepared, add beans.
Bringing it all together:
1. After chicken tenders are removed/set aside, add olive oil to the pan and sauté peppers and onions until tender (you can also use a separate, clean pan for this step).
2. Plate rice, chicken and veggies and voila – a healthy, spicy, New Orleans inspired dinner in under 45 minutes!
*Ready to try your hand at a New Orleans-style meal? Enter NFCA’s “Jazz Up Your Day Gluten-Free Giveaway” by answering the daily question on NFCA’s Facebook page. Each day, a winner will be selected to receive a prize pack of Zatarain’s gluten-free rice mixes. Runs through Friday, July 15.