Mardi Gras Feast

Happy Mardi Gras! Since a trip to the French Quarter and a pile of spicy crawdads isn't on the menu today, I'm making a batch of my favorite jambalaya instead. It's wonderfully easy to make, tastes delicious, and leaves the nest smelling like the finest eating in New Orleans!

I like to serve it alongside cornbread that's sprinkled with spicy cheese and smoked paprika. Enjoy the festivities, wherever you find yourself tonight!

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

  • 8 oz. Spanish chorizo sausage, casing removed
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into serving pieces
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 6-9 miniature sweet peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Chopped green onions (optional)
  • Hot sauce (optional)

In a large dutch oven or deep, heavy skillet, cook the chorizo sausage and break into small pieces. Add as the chicken and brown until golden on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, peppers, and garlic. Sauté until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add the chipotle pepper, paprika, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Cook an additional minute. Stir in the tomatoes (do not drain), rice, bay leaves, and stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the broth is absorbed and the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Gently fluff the rice with a fork, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped green onions and hot sauce. Enjoy!

  • Yields: 6-8 servings
  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes

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