This is rice with a kick. It is best served with Cajun chicken or another Cajun dish. You will love how this complements your main dish; however, because this rice contains some meat, it can be eaten alone. Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring 1 1/2 cup of water to a boil in a saucepan, and stir in the brown rice. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 40 to 50 minutes. Set the rice aside.

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  • Place ground turkey into a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the turkey until the meat gives up some of its fat, 2 to 3 minutes; stir in green bell pepper, onion, and minced garlic. Cook and stir until the turkey is crumbly and no longer pink and the vegetables are tender, 5 to 8 more minutes. Drain excess grease, if necessary. Stir in the cooked brown rice, garlic powder, celery flakes, Cajun seasoning, black pepper, and 1/3 cup water.

  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and additional black pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

141 calories; protein 9.4g; carbohydrates 18.1g; fat 3.5g; cholesterol 27.9mg; sodium 106.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/24/2012
Good basic recipe but the seasonings definitely need to be altered if you prefer kick in your dinner. I practically tripled the Cajun seasoning and added the following: 1/2 t. gumbo file, Louisiana hot sauce to taste(~1T.) and red chili flakes to taste (~1/2t.). I omitted the celery salt (didn't have any on hand) and subbed in yellow and red bell peppers for the green and ground beef for the turkey. I also added a chopped tomato just to use up some produce. I can't wait to eat this tomorrow after the spices have really sunk in - mmm! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/07/2013
Way too bland when we followed the recipe (without meat for side dish). Added more seasonings and about 6-7 ounces tomato sauce for double recipe gave it flavor w/o just tasting hot like adding hot sauce etc. Read More
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60 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2012
Good basic recipe but the seasonings definitely need to be altered if you prefer kick in your dinner. I practically tripled the Cajun seasoning and added the following: 1/2 t. gumbo file, Louisiana hot sauce to taste(~1T.) and red chili flakes to taste (~1/2t.). I omitted the celery salt (didn't have any on hand) and subbed in yellow and red bell peppers for the green and ground beef for the turkey. I also added a chopped tomato just to use up some produce. I can't wait to eat this tomorrow after the spices have really sunk in - mmm! Read More
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2012
This was pretty good. I ended up doubling the cajun seasoning and adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt because it seemed bland. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2012
I made this for my granddaughter. She thought it was very good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2012
I liked this, it created a perfect base to add whatever other seasonings and spices desired. Instead of the celery flakes, I put two stalks of celery in the food processor and chopped them very fine. I also used an entire onion and entire green bell pepper. I added salt, extra cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes, and a little cayenne. It tasted a lot like Zatarains. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
05/11/2012
Served this alongside Blackened Salmon Po' Boys found on another site. I omitted the turkey and took the advice of other reviewers and doubled the cajun seasoning but I thought it was just a bit too much. 1 1/2 tsp would probably be just about right for my tastes. But then again I'm not Cajun;p Also be sure to use a good brand of Cajun seasoning. Generic won't cut it here. Anyway my family LOVED it and it disappeared almost as soon as it was on the table. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2012
I sauteed chicken livers in some butter...then added the veggies - I used chopped celery instead of the flakes. I ended up adding a bit of cayenne pepper...and it really turned out awesome!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2013
Loved this recipe for dirty rice. I chose it because it used ground turkey and I had some on hand. The only thing I changed was using about an 1" long piece of minced celery that I added to the meat when cooking the onion pepper and garlic and that was because I could not find dried celery flakes at the store. Topped my bowl off with a couple dashes of Tobasco sauce and had a filling and delicious lunch. Used a Cajun seasoning mix off of this site (Cajun Spice Mix by Bobbie Jean) and know I'll make this again. Very adaptable recipe too! I can see using turkey sausage or adding diced tomato and/or beans. Great side dish or light meal. Thanks akatenacious3. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/21/2012
Yummy side for our Fat Tuesday work party. Our group liked that it was something different than the standard red beans and rice and that it was something the South Beach dieters could enjoy as well. Added a small dab (probably an 1/8 cup) of leftover Chorizo I had in the fridge it added a nice color and hint of spice. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/08/2013
Doubled the turkey to make more of a main dish. Added some hot sauce and corn but still a little bland. Would use more seasoning next time. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/07/2013
Way too bland when we followed the recipe (without meat for side dish). Added more seasonings and about 6-7 ounces tomato sauce for double recipe gave it flavor w/o just tasting hot like adding hot sauce etc. Read More
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