Creole Jambalaya with Chicken, Hot Sausage and Shrimp

Creole Jambalaya 
with Chicken, Hot Sausage and Shrimp

Yield:  6-8 servings

1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1 pound Louisiana Hot Sausage (or andouille, kielbasa or other smoked sausage), cut into thick slices
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken (a combination of thigh and breast meat), cut into pieces
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large bell pepper, diced
4 stalks celery, sliced
1 Tbsp Creole seasoning
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 1/2 cups rice, uncooked
5 cups chicken broth or stock
1 28 oz-can diced tomatoes, with juices
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup flat parsley, chopped
Salt and black pepper to taste

In a heavy pot over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil.  Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 7 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Add the sausage and good until browned, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to the bowl with the chicken and set aside.

Add additional olive oil, if needed.  Add the onion, garlic, green pepper and celery.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 7 minutes.

Return the chicken and sausage to the pot.  Add the seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, rice, broth, and tomatoes.  Stir well to mix.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the rice is fully cooked and has absorbed most of the liquid, about 20 minutes.

Stir in the shrimp and cook until pink and opaque, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Stir in the parsley.  Season with salt and pepper.  Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Serve in bowls with crusty bread.

This was a truly a “gut-filling” dish.  I am certain the guys had enough fuel to get them started on their first hike!


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