Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easy Cajun Jambalaya

Tony recently went to a cajun restaurant for dinner.  I'm still amazed he went to a cajan restaurant.  He does not like anything spicy.  I keep telling him he needs to live on the wild side!!  I guess he is listening to me.  He ordered jambalaya.  He loved it.  He came home and asked me if one day next week I could make it for dinner.  I guess he really liked it. I had never made it before, but I was up to the challenge.  I searched and found a great recipe.  Not to spicy, as Tony doesn't like it very spicy.  I really liked it also, I think this will be making an appearance on our menu soon.  I served it with garlic cheese biscuits. Yummy. 

Easy Cajun Jambalaya


2 teaspoons olive oil

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces ( I didn't have any)

8 ounces kielbasa, diced (I doubled since I didn't use chicken)

1 onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup diced celery

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 cups uncooked white rice

4 cups chicken stock (I used around 5 cups)

3 bay leaves

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


1.Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Saute chicken and kielbasa until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic. Season with cayenne, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes, or until onion is tender and translucent. Add rice, then stir in chicken stock and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce.

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