This is a not so hot version of the Cajun classic. WARNING: I am not Cajun. I’ve been to Louisiana twice, but never to the Cajun parts. I do not make any claims on the authenticity of this dish. It’s just a nice, hearty, one pot meal we have grown to love this winter.

2 t. olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
10 oz.+ of sausage (cajun or kielbasa), sliced
1/2 of an onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/2 t. onion powder
t each of salt and pepper
2 c. uncooked rice
4 c. chicken broth (one carton*)
2 t. worchestershire
1 t. hot pepper sauce (more or less, depending on your preference)

Start all the cubing/slicing/dicing. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Saute chicken until cooked through (about 5 minutes) and set aside. Saute sausage for 3-4 minutes, until edges brown. Stir in onion, pepper, celery, carrots and garlic. Season with cayenne, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cook 5 more minutes. Add rice and stir in broth, crank it up and bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer at least 20 minutes, until the rice is tender. Stir in chicken, worchestershire and hot pepper sauce**.

Serves 4-6.

* Whole Foods Organic chicken broth or Swanson’s 100% fat free “Natural Goodness” broth is highly recommended!
** we often throw in precooked shrimp at the end, especially the second day we eat it.

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