JAMMIN’ JAMBALAYA

Published on: 06/09/2021
chicken jambalaya in large white serving bowl
chicken jambalaya in large white serving bowl

JAMMIN’ JAMBALAYA

This traditional jambalaya dish is healthy comfort by going with a lean chicken sausage, less oil and less rice. Not a fan of chicken? Go with a spicy veggie sausage instead, doubling the portion and skipping the chicken breasts. Either way, I suggest Jon Batiste for your happy tunes while cooking.
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound andouille chicken sausage or other lean, spicy chicken sausage, sliced into thin slices
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 medium bell peppers any color combo, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning separated
  • 2 –3 medium tomatoes diced (about 2 cups)
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth if going veggie
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain brown rice
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Prepare rice according to package directions and set aside.
  • In a large skillet (that has a fitted lid) add the oil and place over medium high heat.
  • Add the sliced sausage and chicken pieces and brown well for about 8 minutes, sprinkling 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning and making sure to brown all sides.
  • Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Add butter and flour to the pan (roux time!) and stir well, scraping up leftover brown bits from the pan.
  • Add the onion, garlic, celery and bell peppers and saute’ for about 5–6 minutes.
  • Add basil, teaspoon of Cajun seasoning, diced tomatoes and stir well to combine.
  • Simmer for 2–3 minutes.
  • Add broth and reserved meat.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add cooked rice, stir well and simmer with lid for another 10 minutes or until broth is mostly absorbed.
  • Remove from heat, stir to combine and cool about 5 minutes.
  • Adjust seasonings to taste.

Notes

Makes 5–6 servings.

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