Friday, February 10, 2012

Chicken Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken Sausage Jambalaya
It’s winter in Michigan. Meaning that (barring the last week or two) it’s cold and snowy. After what feels like months of winter (and the resulting months of minor colds) we’ve been looking for some serious comfort food. I came across a recipe for jambalaya and after making just a few adjustments here and there, came up with what you see here. It was exactly what we needed to pull ourselves out of this cold winter funk. Better still, it comes together in just about a half an hour, making it an easy weeknight dinner. 
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 package andouille chicken sausage
1 large red bell pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 large stalks celery, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 small jalapeno, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 28-ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups basmati rice
Directions: Sauté the chicken sausage in a large Dutch oven until cooked through. Add the bell pepper, onion, celery, oil and bay leaves and sauté until tender and slightly golden. Stir in the salt, basil, oregano, thyme, jalapeno, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute.
Pour the can of tomatoes, chicken broth and rice and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is cooked through. Remove bay leaves and discard, and serve.
Source: Adapted from Cooking Light

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