Cajun Chicken and Shrimp (Crockpot Recipe)

This cooler morning weather is making me hungry for comfort foods. I’m trying to stick to a lower carb, lower fat diet, so most of my “comfort” foods don’t really fit in and I have a really busy day ahead.  Crock pot recipe it is. I came up with this recipe a long time ago and it has been one of my all time favorites ever since. I love coming home to a meal all ready to go!  I will post a pic for it tonight.

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (you can use any chicken you like, we just prefer dark meat)

1 Bell pepper, diced

1 Large onion, diced

2 cans, fire roasted tomatoes (stewed tomatoes would work fine too)

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar

2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. basil

2 bay leaves

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 1/2 lb. shrimp (shelled and deveined)

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. Franks Hot Sauce

3 Cups hot cooked rice

Put chicken thighs in bottom of crock pot. Mix all other ingredients together (except last 4) and pour over chicken thighs. Cook on low 8-10 hours. In the last hour of cooking add shrimp, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Serve over cooked rice. Great with crusty French bread.

Note: If you don’t have all the spices on hand, I have used premixed Cajun seasoning before and it is just as good!

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