Monday, October 14, 2013

Cajun Chicken Jambalaya

Cajun Chicken Jambalaya

Today's dish is a one pot meal, a Spanish inspired chicken and sausage Jambalaya. This is Cajun style jambalaya and is a versatile main course dish.I used Cajun sausage and spice mix which imparts a smoky flavor. You can also add shrimp to this dish. Try this,you will surely love it.

Chicken- 1 lb
Rice- 2 cup
(Use long grain rice or basmathi rice)
Onion- 1 large
Tomatoes- 2 medium
( or half can diced tomatoes)
Garlic- 2-3 cloves
Green bell pepper- 1  medium
Celery chopped- 1/3 cup
Jalapeno pepper- 1
Bay leaf-2
Tomato paste- 1 tbs
Cajun sausage- 8 ounce
Cajun spice-3/4 tsp
Cayenne pepper- 1/2 tsp
Pepper- a pinch
 salt to taste

Heat olive oil in a pan and add bay leaf. Add the chicken and stir fry for 3-4 minutes till it changes color and get slightly browned up. Add the cubes sausage and fry for another 2 minutes. Drain and keep aside. Discard excess oil from the sausage.
In the same pan saute, garlic, jalapeno peppers,onion, bell pepper, and celery till it is crisp tender.Add pureed tomatoes, tomato paste and seasoning and saute for a minute. Add the fried chicken and sausage and one cup of chicken stock. Bring this to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for three to four minute. Next add rice ( washed and strained) and three and one third cup of chicken stock. Mix, cover and cook for around fifteen minutes or till all the liquid is absorbed. Using a fork make the rice fluffy. Serve warm.

Note: If Cajun seasoning is not available, you can add the following ingredients to the above recipe. A pinch of   dried oregano and thyme and 1/3 tsp each of garlic powder and onion powder. It will give you the flavor close to the Cajun spice mix.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy!


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