Kid-Friendly Dirty Rice

Kid-Friendly Dirty Rice

First off, let me start by saying that I am posting this as per the facebook vote! I asked my fan page if they prefer a one dish meal, protein, vegetarian dish, muffin, drink or craft and the majority voted for the one dish meal, so here you have it!

Now, onto the recipe. Let me tell you how this happened. I went shopping to my local supermarket and picked up a package of chicken for dinner. Then I got home and opened said package. It wreaked. I’m talking seriously stinky chicken. I quickly called the store, who aptly credited my account and I dumped the chicken in the garbage. It was 4:30 PM, my kids were hungry and I had nothing. So I did what any desperate mother would do: I rummaged through my freezer and found 4 lonely hot dogs in a bag. Then, I scoured the pantry and the fridge and put all my ingredients out on the counter. I twiddled my thumbs while I thought of how I could turn rice, hot dogs and peppers into a satisfying dish with minimal time and effort. And then this happened. This delicious, stick-to-your-ribs kind of dish that is so easy to make, so budget-friendly, and easily customizable! Feel free to load this up with other veggies, beans, or any type of protein. You can also use chicken or turkey hot dogs for a healthier option.

After I fed my kids, I could not resist topping off my plate with a poached egg. The silky egg yolk coated my rice with a creamy layer of heaven and the scallions gave it the perfect bite. Don’t be intimidated, poached eggs are fairly simple and take just a little practice. View my tutorial here.

And by the way, in case you were wondering, dirty rice is a traditional Cajun dish made from white rice cooked with small pieces of chicken liver or giblets, which give it a dark (“dirty”) color and a mild but distinctive flavor (thanks Wikipedia! I couldn’t have said it better myself!). I simplified the traditional recipe by using seasoned salt and hot dogs, making it kid-friendly and super easy!


1 year ago: quick easy & tasty chicken

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22 thoughts on “Kid-Friendly Dirty Rice

  1. I always thought dirty rice had beans in it. My kids love beans and I am not a hot dog fan, but I like sausage I could see making this with beans and sausage, thanks for the idea.

  2. My mother always applauded about our next door neighbor who could “even make a great dinner with hot dogs.” B/c she made creations with them as you have. This is the way I frequently cook — look in the fridge and pantry to see what’s there and what I can do with it. Love it, and my family has always appreciated too.

  3. I just bought some hotdogs! Can’t wait to make it… I doubt my kids will eat it (they’re beyond picky!), which is fine, more for me :)

  4. what company chickenbroth do u use? How does it come- i never used it before. can i just use consomme with water and how many i use? thanx

    1. I use Imagine “no-chicken” broth. I’m a big fan of it. It comes in a cardboard box (like Rice Dream). You can store the leftovers in rhe fridge. I don’t personally like consomm√© (it usually has MSG).

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