One Pot Black Eyed Peas and Rice with Chicken

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April 3, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

This one-pot recipe with chicken, black eyed peas, and rice is a hearty meal on the healthy side. You’ll love the flavor, ease, and wholesomeness of this dish!

Dig into this one-pot dish with black eyed peas, chicken, rice, and tomatoes. It is comfort food the healthier way! #blackeyedpeas #chicken #rice #onepot

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Yesterday I attended an event about “The New Comfort Food” hosted by Foster Farms chicken. They talked about how nowadays, comfort food isn’t about eating heavy food until you’re stuffed. It’s about nourishing your body and feeling good about what you’re eating because it’s good for you and environmentally responsible. There was a talented chef there who created dishes that were a new, healthy take on the concept of comfort food, and we got to taste them all.

The food was more like what I consider California cuisine than comfort food. Picture chicken flatbread with fresh pesto and raw greens (no cheese), zucchini noodles with grilled chicken, and a chicken sandwich topped with spicy yogurt sauce and carrots. Everything tasted delicious, but I didn’t feel like I was eating comfort food. I was still hungry when I left! Granted, it was a tasting, so the portions were small. Also, I like to eat a lot ;) Still, it didn’t have the stick-to-my-ribs aspect that I usually associate with comfort food.

What do you think? Can lighter meals be considered comfort food? I don’t want to ask if healthy can be comforting because I think you can make traditional comfort dishes in healthier ways without losing the hearty flavor. Take this black eyed pea dish for example. It’s definitely on the healthy side, but it’s warm, filling, and delicious. This counts as comfort food for me even though there’s no gravy or cheese.

This black eyed pea and rice dish has chicken and tomatoes too. It's cooked all in one pot and is a healthier comfort food!

I think the bottom line is that what people call comfort food varies widely. For some, it might be chicken noodle soup because that’s what makes them feel better when they are sick or feeling down. Others might think comfort food means fresh bread with butter because it reminds them of their grandma’s kitchen. Maybe others think a big, healthy salad made with local, organic ingredients is comforting because they feel good about what they are eating. I would be interested to hear your thoughts.

For me, I think comfort food is always warm, savory and filling. A big bowl of these black eyed peas and rice definitely fit the bill, and I love how easy this recipe is to make. (Easy recipes always make me feel happy.) Let me know if you try this recipe and how it makes you feel when you eat it!

This one-pot recipe with chicken, black eyed peas, and rice is a hearty meal on the healthy side. You'll love the flavor, ease, and wholesomeness of this dish!
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Dig into this one-pot dish with black eyed peas, chicken, rice, and tomatoes. It is comfort food the healthier way!

One Pot Black Eyed Peas and Rice with Chicken

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Dig into a warm, comforting bowl of black eyed peas, rice, chicken, and tomatoes. You’ll love how easily this dish comes together!

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


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  • 16 ounces frozen black eyed peas
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 16 ounces petite diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 cup brown rice uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and hot sauce to taste


  1. In a soup pot or large skillet, add peas, chicken broth, water, tomatoes, rice, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cover. Cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in uncooked chicken, and bring back to a simmer. Cover again, and cook for approximately 25 minutes or until rice is tender.
  4. Add salt and hot sauce to taste, and serve. (Garnish with parsley as pictured if desired.)
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 45
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


5 months ago

When do you add the rice- it doesn’t specify and since I’m terrible in the kitchen I want to make sure I follow correctly.

2 months ago

Hi Kellie, you add the rice at the beginning as part of the first step.

9 months ago

If using dried peas do you use the same amount? 16oz bad of dried?

2 months ago

Hi Jan, you want to use 8oz of dried peas, rehydrate and cook them before making the recipe. The dried beans should double in amount after cooking.

8 years ago

This looks delicious… that it’s one pot!

Maryanne @the little epicurean
8 years ago

One pot meals are the best! It’s been a while since I’ve cooked black eyed peas. It’s time to bring it back into rotation!

Justine@Cooking and Beer
8 years ago

I LOVE black eyed peas! What a genius way to put them to use!

Des @ Life's Ambrosia
8 years ago

I love hearty one pot meals like this!

Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
8 years ago

I’ve always loved black-eyed peas, they have such a terrific flavor! And with the addition of Cajun flavors they’re absolutely delish!

Melanie | Melanie Makes
8 years ago

What a great hearty main dish, Andi!

Mara Hagen
8 years ago

Hi, this sounds wonderful! I’d like to make it, but I’m wondering if in the recipe it calls for 1 cup of rice, is this cooked rice, or uncooked? Thanks!

Andi @ The Weary Chef
8 years ago

Thanks, Mara! It is uncooked rice. It cooks with the beans! I updated the recipe to make that more clear. I hope you enjoy it :)

2 years ago

Cooked worked for me , u used canned not frozen peas

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