This recipe was born of COVID-19, which has changed my shopping habits. I am no longer prone to dashing off to the nearby supermarket to pick up any ingredient I may not have on hand. I have learned to "make do" whenever I can. For example, the original recipe called for okra, which I didn't have, but I did have leek, which has similar thickening properties. It also called from Creole Spice, but I substituted cayenne pepper and paprika amongst other things.
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch pieces
- ½ lb. prawns, shelled (about a dozen medium). You can halve them if you want.
- ½ lb.dried sausage cut into small chunks. (I used Harvest Landjaeger mini-stix, but Polish sausage would do as well)
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 small green bell pepper, diced
- 1 small red bell pepper, diced
- 6" of leek cut into slices
- 2 sticks celery, chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic, chopped fine
- ½ cup long grain white rice
- 2 large juicy tomatoes, chopped fine
- salt to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon each thyme and oregano
- ¼ teaspon pepper flakes
- 3 or 4 drops hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco)
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (Don't overdo! Less is better than more!)
- ½ teaspoon red paprika
- 1 cup chicken broth
(Preparation: 15 Minutes. Cooking: 30 minutes)
- In a large skillet heat a little oil. Add half the sliced garlic and the sausage slices or chunks. Lightly brown the sausage and with slotted spoon move all to a large pot.
- Repeat step one for the chicken. When cooked add to sausage in pot.
- In the same skillet, saute the onion, bell peppers, leek, and celery until onion is soft. Add all to the large pot.
- Add the rice to the skillet then add the chicken broth, the chopped tomatoes, salt, black pepper, thyme, organo, pepper flakes, tabasco, cayenne pepper, and paprika. Bring all to a boil.
- Add all the contents of the skillet to the large pan.
- Stir all together, cover, and simmer about 20 minutes until rice is nearly cooked, then add prawns, cover and simmer until prawns are cooked, about another 5 minutes.
- If needed, thicken with a little cornstach and water.
You can easily adjust the hot ingredients such as the tabasco and cayenne pepper to suit your tastebuds. Serve with a nice crusty bread.
Contributed by Ted