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Author Notes: Jambalaya utilizes the holy trinity of Cajun cooking; celery, onions and Bell peppers as many of their dishes do. But we add a new twist to the dish by using garlic shrimp, sauteed chicken and adding Jalapeno pepper to enhance the flavor. We also cook the rice in the sauteed vegetables as in risotto, and add back the sauteed chicken and garlic shrimp about ten minutes from the end so that the flavors mingle but the chicken and shrimp don't overcook. This way we get a very tasty, fresh and clean tasting jambalaya that is a fusion of different cooking styles, seafood and meat. —Tom and Anita Morgan
- 3/4 cup long grain white rice
- 8 ounces uncooked medium shrimp, peeled with tails on
- 6-8 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast, rubbed with garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 white onion, chopped in 1/2" pieces
- 2 stalks celery, chopped in 1/2" pieces
- 1/2 large red Bell pepper, chopped in 1/2" pieces
- 1/2 large green Bell pepper, chopped in 1/2" pieces
- 1 green jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped medium
- 3 large cloves garlic, sliced thin
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1-2 pinches red pepper flakes
- 2-3 cups low salt chicken broth
- Salt, fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Tabasco sauce for the table
- Parsley, chopped and whole sprigs for garnish
- In a 12” cast iron pan, melt butter and bring to medium high heat. Cook shrimp on one side about 1 ½ minutes, flip over, add garlic and cook for 1 ½ minutes more, stirring to prevent burning. Remove and set aside.
- Add olive oil and cook chicken breast; dividing with a stainless steel spatula as it cooks. This speeds up the cooking time. While in the pan, chop it to bite size with spatula. Brown nicely, then remove and set aside.
- Reduce to medium-low heat, add peppers, celery and onion and cook until they start to soften then add the rice and cook until vegetables just start to brown on edges, about 3-5 more minutes.
- Add half of the chicken broth, reduce to a simmer and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
- Add the other half of the liquid and the chicken and shrimp and cook another 10 -15 minutes or until the rice is done. Add more liquid if rice needs it.
- Ladle the jambalaya into 2 warmed shallow bowls or deep plates and garnish with chopped parsley and parsley sprigs. Serve with salt, pepper and Tabasco or other pepper sauce.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Chicken
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best One-Pot Meal