You will love this easy chicken bog recipe! Smoked sausages, shredded chicken, and rice cooked in one pot. This is my adaptation of the famously delicious and comforting Southern chicken bog.
It is tasty, simple, and clean-up is easy since it is made in one pot. Let me show you how to make this comforting rice dish.
What is chicken bog
Just like me, the first time I came across this recipe, I wanted to know more about the dish. According to Wikipedia Chicken bog is a traditional dish from the U.S. State of South Carolina.
It is usually made with smoked sausages, chicken, and rice cooked in a seasoned chicken broth. It is especially popular in the Low Country region of South Carolina and Georgia and is often served at social gatherings such as holiday celebrations, or tailgate parties.
The recipe varies greatly by region and many local restaurants claim to have the best recipe for this traditional Southern dish.
Personally, I call bog chicken the rice version of chicken soup. Traditionally, they use similar ingredients as the base for the dish, a whole chicken is cooked, the bones are removed and the chicken and stock are used to make the rest of the dish.
What makes this easy chicken bog recipe so good
- It is a one-pot rice and chicken recipe with an addition of smoked sausage that adds flavor to the rice and helps with making this dish full-flavored without using a lot of seasonings. More importantly, you can make it in an instant pot as well, which saves you another 20 minutes.
- It is a brilliant way to use leftover chicken
- When you are looking to cook something quick on a weeknight that the whole family would enjoy then this recipe is for you. A simple rice recipe packed full of flavor.
- This is one of my favorite recipes because I always have these ingredients at hand in my pantry or freezer, which makes my life easier when I want to cook something fast.
- Chicken bog recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner! it also makes amazing leftovers, more importantly, it can be made ahead and reheated during the week as needed.
Rice: I used long-grain white rice
Shredded cooked chicken breast: you can also use rotisserie chicken
Smoked sausages: Kielbasa
Vegetables: celery and carrots
Fat: butter and olive oil
Aromatics: onions and garlic
Chicken stock powder: substitute with liquid chicken stock
Salt and black pepper
How to make chicken bog
Wash and rinse the rice with cold water until the water runs clear drain and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat, add sliced sausages, and brown on both sides. Remove the browned sausages from the pan and transfer them to a plate.
Add chopped carrots, celery, garlic, and onions to the pan and saute until soft and fragrant. Stir in butter and chicken to the sauteed vegetable until the butter melts.
Add the washed rice, chicken stock powder, dried jalapeno, salt, and pepper, and add stir to combine. Add the browned sausages over the rice then top with 3 cups of water and gently mix so that the liquid can distribute nicely in the pan.
Place the lid on the dutch oven, reduce the heat and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender to your liking. I recommend you start checking from 10 minutes as rice cooks differently. You may need to add more liquid if need be, make sure to adjust it accordingly.
Remove from the heat and serve. Enjoy!
How to store
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days.
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Can this be made ahead of time
Yes, bog chicken can be made ahead of time, make sure it is stored correctly in the fridge and reheat until piping hot before serving. Do not leave your pot of cooked rice on the countertop overnight. Once it is cooled, store it in the fridge immediately
Can I make this dish without sausages
Yes, you can make chicken bog without sausages, but I highly recommend you buy them as they add great flavor to the dish. If you are worried because you don't eat pork, then substitute with smoked chicken sausages
What if I don't have jalapenos on hand
You can skip adding jalapenos altogether or maybe substitute it with a pinch of cayenne pepper instead. I like my food with a bit of kick to it.
Can I use brown rice instead of white rice
Yes, you can but be aware that brown rice takes twice the time to cook as the regular type of rice. If you would be using brown rice, follow the steps in the recipe but only add the smoked sausages and chicken towards the end of the cooking to avoid overcooking them.
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- 2 cups rice
- 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast you can also use rotisserie chicken
- 500 g smoked sausages: Kielbasa
- ½ cup celery finely chopped
- ½ cup carrots diced
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion chopped
- ½ Tablespoon garlic
- 1 Tablespoon chicken stock powder substitute with 3 cups liquid chicken stock
- ½ teaspoon dried jalapeno
- Salt and black pepper
- Wash and rinse the rice with cold water until the water runs clear drain and set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat, add sliced sausages and brown on both sides. Remove the browned sausages from the pan and transfer it to a plate.
- Add chopped carrots, celery, garlic and onions to the pan and saute until soft and fragrant. Stir in butter and chicken to the sauteed vegetable and until the butter melts.
- Add the washed rice, chicken stock powder, dried jalapeno, salt and pepper and add stir to combine. Add the browned sausages over the rice then top with 3 cups of water and gently mix so that the liquid can distribute nicely in the pan.
- Place the lid on the dutch oven, reduce the heat and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender to your liking. I recommend you start checking from 10 minutes as rice cooks differently. You may need to add more liquid if need be, make sure to adjust it accordingly.
- Remove from the heat and serve. Enjoy!
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