Friday, June 3, 2011

Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

As I've already stated in our Family Recipe Favorites, JB and I love to cook. One of our proudest dishes is this New Orleans Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya.  A while back I tweaked a friend's chicken gumbo recipe and came up with this.  It has quickly become one we love. I've had quite a few friends ask for the recipe so, here it is.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Be forewarned, if you aren't a spicy food person this is not your meal to try.

  1. Chop approximately three large pieces of Italian Sausage (mild or spicy according to your liking).
  2. Brown the sausage in a medium to large stove pan.
  3. Add 2-3 cups of chicken to the sausage pan (I use pre-cooked chicken from a Rotisserie).
  4. Chop 1 medium red pepper, 1 medium green pepper and 1 medium onion.
  5. Add the chopped veggies to the pan with the cooked sausage and chicken.  Let the veggies saute for a few minute in the sausage grease.
  6. Add about 1/2 to 3/4’s of a box of chicken broth to the pan.  
  7. Let the veggies and the meat simmer until the veggies have become tender. Add about two cups of frozen, diced Okra (can be found in the frozen veggie aisle).
  8. Add 1 can of diced tomatoes and 1 small can of tomato paste, stir and continue to allow the brew to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  9. Add 3-4 cloves of chopped garlic.
  10. Lastly, add the key ingredient which is 1 to 2 tablespoons of Weber New Orleans style Cajun seasoning. I love this seasoning because I believe it makes the entire meal.  So as ET would say… BE GENEROUS.
  11. Cook a pot of rice— white or brown— you choose.  That’s the beauty of it.
  12. And finally— Pour the sweet goodness over the rice and enjoy! This has definitely become one of our favorite family meals!

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