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Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly: Thursday 20-Minute Chicken Creole

Week of June 20, 2022 »
20-Minute Chicken Creole


One person gives a category, like “Things at the zoo.” The others have to list 3 things that belong in that category.


If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This delicious recipe comes to us from the Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Service via the USDA recipe finder. This recipe costs only $6.26 to make (that’s $0.78 per serving)!

Chef Robin has some great ideas for how to get your junior chef involved in making this meal: Washing the lids of all the cans, cooking pasta or rice to serve with the chicken creole (aim for 1/2 cup cooked rice per serving, or 2 ounces of uncooked pasta per serving). Or, for more experienced junior chefs, try exploring the spice cabinet to create a different and delicious combination of spices!


Serves 8

  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 chicken breast (whole, skinless, boneless) cut into 8 pieces each OR 2 lbs. boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Heat pan over medium-high heat (or at 350 degrees in an electric skillet). Add vegetable oil and chicken and cook until no longer pink when cut (3-5 minutes).
  2. Reduce heat to medium (300 degrees in electric skillet).
  3. Add tomatoes with juice, chili sauce, green pepper, celery, onion, garlic, basil, parsley, cayenne pepper and salt.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve over hot, cooked rice or whole wheat pasta.
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