Creamy Cajun Chicken over Polenta
- Gluten Free
Why we love it:
- 1⁄2 cup Polenta (aka corn grits)
- 2 cups Water
- 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt (divided)
- 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- 1 pound Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless)
- 1 Yellow Onion
- 1 15-ounce can Diced Tomatoes
- 2 cups Chicken Stock
- 4 ounces Cream Cheese
- 3 Green Onions
Bring water and 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil in a large pot. Pour polenta slowly into boiling water, while whisking constantly until all polenta is stirred in and there are no lumps.
Reduce heat to low and simmer, whisking often, until polenta starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Polenta mixture should still be slightly loose. Cover and cook for 25 - 35 minutes, whisking every 5 to 6 minutes. When the polenta is too thick to whisk, switch to stirring with a wooden spoon.
Combine the spices for the Cajun seasoning in a small bowl with 1 teaspoon of salt (that’s: 2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon thyme, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon black pepper)
Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Place the cubed chicken in a bowl, pour the Cajun seasoning over top, and stir to coat the chicken.
Add the olive oil and butter to a large deep skillet that is NOT non-stick (it helps the chicken brown better). Heat the oil and butter over medium-high until the skillet is very hot and the butter is melted; add the seasoned chicken to the skillet and cook for 2 - 3 minutes on each side, or until the outside gets some color. The chicken does not need to be cooked through at this point.
Meanwhile, dice the onion into cubes and add to the chicken. Scrape up the brown bits from the chicken as the onion cooks for about 5 minutes. Next, add the can of diced tomatoes and chicken stock to the skillet. Stir just until everything is evenly combined, then place a lid on top and allow the stock to come up to a gentle simmer for 5 minutes.
5. CREAM CHEESE
Finally, add in the cream cheese and turn off the heat. Stir until it’s completely blended in. Slice the green onion and stir most of them in, but reserve a few green tops.
Serve the polenta in deep bowls and make a well in the center; top with chicken and sauce. Garnish with the reserved green onion.