Chicken Sausage and Peppers with Sweet Potato “Dirty Rice”

Chicken Sausage and Peppers with Sweet Potato “Dirty Rice”

Welp, we’re one month away from the wedding, y’all.

Yes, I was born and raised in New Jersey, I’m getting married in New Jersey and I just said y’all. Blame it on the four years at Wake Forest.

Honestly, all I can think about is this wedding! It’s all fun, happy stuff, of course, but it’s starting to take over our lives – and our apartment!

Chicken Sausage and Peppers with Sweet Potato “Dirty Rice”

Literally, Lu had to build three tall shelving units just to house all of the things I’ve ordered for our wedding – from wedding invitations to favors to the guest book, our apartment has become an Etsy meets The Knot warehouse.

For those of you who don’t know, Lu hates clutter – and really values cleanliness, haha. Even if we’re running 20 minutes late somewhere, to my chagrin, he’ll take an extra 3 minutes to dust, mop, brush or wash something.

For better or for worse though, right? ;-)

Chicken Sausage and Peppers with Sweet Potato “Dirty Rice”

The next four weeks is going to be spent finalizing everything for this wedding and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to ask you all, but I need a little guidance. Here are some loose ends I need helping tying up:

First off, we are struggling with the music. I think we’re putting way too much stress on ourselves, but we want music at our wedding that’s personal to us, but that a big 7-piece band can play. Also, Lu’s groomsmen are in their mid-to-late 30s and early 40s, while my bridesmaids are mostly in their mid to late 20s.

Chicken Sausage and Peppers with Sweet Potato “Dirty Rice”

So, do you have recommendations for:

  • Ceremony recessional song (when we’re officially married and walk down the aisle!) We’re thinking “Beautiful Day” by U2 right now, but I’m not a huge U2 fan (sorry I’m not sorry.)
  • Bridal party entrance at the reception (when the bridal party enters the tent to start off the reception) Lu wants “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen, but I’m thinking more like “Time of Our Lives” by Pitbull/NeYo, haha
  • Cake Cutting song – I didn’t even know this was something you needed to pick music for? I want Sugar by Maroon 5 but Lu hates Adam Levine, so.

See my dilemma?

Chicken Sausage and Peppers with Sweet Potato “Dirty Rice”

If I had it my way, we’d be dancing to every Beyonce album out there.

I can’t wait to hear your feedback! In the meantime, enjoy this incredibly delicious, flavorful and texturally unique dish – the sweet potato rice is perfectly seasoned with smoked paprika, garlic and oregano, which really brings out the healthy, light flavors of the peppers and chicken sausage.

This recipe is a take on “dirty rice,” a traditional Creole rice dish. The key is finding the right chicken sausage to flavor the dish – I bought an Italian-style chicken sausage, but I also remade it with an andouille-style chicken sausage, which really picked up the paprika hints.

Chicken Sausage and Peppers with Sweet Potato “Dirty Rice”

Lu polished this off with a fried egg on top – which is always a great idea.

Thanks in advance for all your help with our wedding music selections! And, I might be asking you for more advice moving forward – hope you don’t mind! I promise it will all be over in 1 month and then things will go back to “normal.”

Would you like to hear and see more about my wedding planning process?

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 7 points


5.0 from 6 reviews
Chicken Sausage and Peppers with Sweet Potato “Dirty Rice”
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Serves: 4
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 9-10 ounces (about 4 small links) chicken sausages, sliced into ½” chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped into ½” chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into ½” chunks
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, Blade D
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • ½ cup chopped red onions
  • 1 tablespoon + ½ cup chicken broth, low sodium + more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped parsley, to garnish
  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the sausage, peppers and let cook for 5-7 minutes or until peppers soften and sausage is browned.
  2. Meanwhile, place the sweet potato noodles into a food processor and pulse until rice-like and set aside.
  3. Once the meat is browned, transfer to a plate with peppers and then let skillet cool down for 1 minute and then add in the garlic, celery and onions to the skillet. Let cook for 30 seconds and then add in the tablespoon of the chicken broth. Let vegetables cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent and then add in the tomato paste. Stir for 1 minute or until tomato paste coats the vegetables.
  4. Then, add in the sweet potato “rice,” oregano and paprika and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and let cook for 1 minute. Then, add in the chicken broth, stir again and let cook, covered, for 5 minutes, uncovering occasionally to stir. If the rice starts to stick to the bottom of the pan, add more chicken broth by the tablespoon. Then, add in the sausage and peppers and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until sweet potato rice is cooked through.
  5. Once done, add in the parsley, stir to mix and then transfer to a serving bowl or individual bowls and enjoy.


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  1. When my daughter got married last year she and her new husband entered the reception to “Tonight Gonna Be a Good Night” by the Black-eyed Peas. Got the party started on the right foot.

  2. Looks delicious! I’ll be making this for dinner tomorrow! And yes, we’d love to hear more about your wedding!! So happy for you & Lu!!!!

  3. Easy, Ali! Everyone says that marriage is all about compromise, so you both just have to do that! You compromise on ‘Born in the USA” and he compromises on “Sugar”. And you have ‘Beautiful Day’ as your ceremony recessional song, or another that you can both agree on. It is after all, the most Beautiful Day of your current lives!

  4. Hey Ali.

    My friend had Beautiful Day by Elbow for her walk down and that’s a lovely one. Same sentiment but less Bono!

    Looking forward to this recipe :)

  5. Are you from North or South Jersey? My husband is from South Jersey and we entered our reception to “Thunderstruck” by ACDC because its the song the Eagles enter to. :)

  6. I think the new hit “SHUT UP AND DANCE” would be the coolest song for a wedding recessional EVER!

  7. I can’t help with the ceremony recessional, since I got married in the Catholic Church and we didn’t have much leeway on music choices but for the reception entrance of the bridal party we used, and I loved Marry You by Bruno Mars. What about Pour Some Sugar on Me for cake cutting?

  8. Oh yum! Can it be lunchtime yet?

  9. Debbi Basini-Herman :

    Hi Ali,

    I agree with the above folks telling you to compromise…you and Lu are going to be so excited, are not even going to hear the music….so compromise and put it behind you so you can concentrate on loving each other before your big day…and most important…look around at your friends and family, take it all in….because the day goes by so super fast…and smile for those great pictures.

  10. Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World and it is sung by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. It was played at my wedding. Beautiful and uplifting.

  11. Marsha Guerard :

    Consider this for a recessional: Forever and Ever by the David Crowder Band. It’s about God’s love, but it also reflects a forever human love.

  12. Our recessional was “Everlasting Light” by the Black Keys! Such a fun upbeat song and great lyrics!

  13. For the recessional: Signed, Sealed Delivered – I’M YOURS! Stevie Wonder, never wrong.

  14. I prefer the classics. Have a listen to: “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” – J S Bach – beautiful!

    Another good one and more modern: “How long will you love me?” by Ellie Goulding
    Also Ellie G’s “Your Song” was played at the evening wedding reception of Prince William and Catherine Middleton – very royal!

  15. Jo Lempriere :

    Hi When we got married – we had LoneStar Amazed

    Every time our eyes meet
    This feeling inside me
    Is almost more than I can take
    Baby when you touch me
    I can feel how much you love me
    And it just blows me away
    I’ve never been this close to anyone or anything
    I can hear your thoughts
    I can see your dreams

    I don’t know how you do what you do
    I’m so in love with you
    It just keeps getting better
    I wanna spend the rest of my life
    With you by my side
    Forever and ever
    Every little thing that you do
    Baby I’m amazed by you

    The smell of your skin
    The taste of your kiss
    The way you whisper in the dark
    Your hair all around me
    Baby you surround me
    You touch every place in my heart
    Oh it feels like the first time every time
    I wanna spend the whole night in your arms

    I don’t know how you do what you do
    I’m so in love with you
    It just keeps getting better
    I wanna spend the rest of my life
    With you by my side
    Forever and ever
    Every little thing that you do
    Baby I’m amazed by you

    Every little thing that you do
    I’m so in love with you
    It just keeps getting better
    I wanna spend the rest of my life
    With you by my side
    Forever and ever
    Every little thing that you do
    Oh, yeah every little thing that you do
    Baby I’m amazed by you

    Not a Dry eye in the Chapel

  16. I think “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors i a great choice for a recessional.


  17. Our recessional song was “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen. I now use it as my husband’s ringtone.

  18. My cousin had “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates as her wedding recession and it was SO fun.

  19. Marie Taylor :

    I agree with Jesse. My son snd darling daughter in law danced their first dance to that version of wonderful world/ over the rainbow. Just gorgeous.

  20. Billy Joel – Your my home (oldie but a goodie)
    Peter Gabriel – in your eyes
    Louis Armstrong – Oh what a wonderful world

    Regardless have a blast and enjoy your day!!! :)

  21. I love Gabby’s suggestions for music….as a Long Islander now living in Arizona, I can definitely say that oldie Billy Joel song always puts tears in my eyes –all good choices. Personally I would not even consider anything by AC/DC…..constant battle with radio here that plays them all day every day. Not appropriate for a wedding!

  22. Girl, I’m with you on U2. What about instead of “Beautiful Day,” you go with “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers?? Old school, yes. But also classic and with a fabulous, peppy sentiment.

  23. For our recessional, we played an instrumental version of I’m Yours by Jason Mraz. When it came on, I heard the attendees utter a collective “awww.”

    We walked in to Happy by Pharrell.

    • I “danced” down to aisle with my dad on my arm to Happy by Pharrell. Gave everyone a little giggle, and started the day off perfectly.

  24. We went with the classic “We’ve only just begun” by the Carpenters for our recessional song. (keep in mind I’m married 24 yrs now) My sister (who’s got an amazing voice) sung it for us.
    As others have said just enjoy every single moment of the day because it flies by!

  25. Can’t wait to make this.
    How about:
    How Sweet It Is -James Taylor for cake cutting
    Jungle Boogie -Kool & The Gang for wedding party entering reception

  26. Hi Ali, this looks delicious, but I am really not fond of sweet potatoes. Would there be a good substitute here for them in the rice?


  27. Yum, Ali! This was awesome. I am a huge fan of sweet potato noodles but the rice is so much more versatile. Took your tip and added andouille sausage – boyfriend loved the meal so much!

    Huge fan of your recipes and will be purchasing the cookbook ASAP!

  28. I love, love, love (did I say love enough?) this recipe! I made a few adjustments….instead of sauteing the peppers with the sausage, I sauteed the celery first instead. I find that the peppers cooked faster than the celery so I just reversed that step. I also liked a little bit of zing or heat in this dish so I opted to use hot Italian turkey sausage. These two adjustments made this recipe just right! Since this dish serves four, I made a pan full of it and put it in a tupperware container and I’m grazing on it all week for lunch! I could eat sweet potatoes by the boatloads and I don’t get bored with eating it either!

    Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful world of Spiralizing…..I’m using alot of your recipes to make in advance and take them to work with me for lunch! It beats those chemical laden Lean Cuisines (yuck) and I know that what I am eating is healthy for me, and has ingredients I can pronounce! Woo Hoo!

  29. I made this for dinner last night and son of a gun, the technique to make “rice” worked like a charm! Pretty exciting. This dish is delicious and I will probably make it again.


  30. Another winner recipe! This is fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly as is. The chicken sausage I purchased had the casing on, so once the casing was removed the consistency was a bit different from the one used in the original recipe, but because it all crumbled up, I had the delicious sausage taste in every bite. This is a total repeat!

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