It's that time of year and I was inspired to make jambalaya! I used an Emeril Lagasse recipe off of the food network that I found online. The original recipe called for shrimp but since Jason didn't want any, I eliminated the shrimp and upped the chicken and andouille a bit. I've tried making jambalaya in the past but it always ended up a bit flavorless, not the case with this one. Really flavorful and just the right amount of spicy! Some of the reviews of the recipe I saw found the dish to be too salty. The creole seasoning is pretty salty, so I used less than the 2 Tbsp recommended. If you are using a canned broth or seasoned canned tomatoes, you might want to cut some more of the salt in the spice mix. I used homemade broth which I purposely undersalt and my tomatoes had no salt added so I found the results to be perfectly seasoned!
6 oz. chicken diced (1 boneless breast)
1 Tbsp Creole Seasoning (recipe at end)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 Tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
3 bay leaves
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp hot sauce
3/4 cup rice (I used brown rice)
3 cups chicken stock
6 oz andouille sausage, sliced
- - In a bowl combine the chicken with the creole seasoning and set aside
-- In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil on high and cook the onions, green peppers and celery for 3 minutes
-- Add the garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, worcestershire and hot sauce
-- Stir in the rice and slowly add the broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the rice absorbs the liquid and becomes tender. Since I used brown rice this took longer than I expected. I also added 2 cups of the liquid at first, cooked that down for awhile and then added the third cup. I kept a little extra broth on the side just in case the liquid cooked off too rapidly.
-- Add the chicken and sausage and a dash more liquid if necessary and cook until meats are cooked through, about ten more minutes.
-- Taste and season with salt, pepper and creole seasoning, but honestly I didn't add a thing!
2 1/2 Tbsp paprika
2 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp dried oregano