Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Happy Mardi Gras, y'all!!  My John William was born in New Orleans while his dad was in school at Tulane University, so Cajun food has a special place in his heart.  And I love this time of year because I do Lent, even though I'm Mormon.  So we thought we'd celebrate each of our little traditions with this traditional Cajun dish!  Hope you enjoy it!

{What you need}
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
2 {14.5 oz} cans stewed tomatoes, do not drain
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 pound turkey sausage links, without casings, cooked and chopped
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon hot sauce
3 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
salt and pepper to taste
{John hates seafood, but I LOVE it, so I suggest adding 1
 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined} 

2 green onions for garnishing, chopped

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion and stir until onion is translucent.  Stir in tomatoes, chicken, and sausage.  Season with garlic powder, hot sauce, and salt and pepper.  Stir in rice, add the broth, and add the shrimp if you want.  Bring to a boil.  Cover skillet and turn to low.  Cook covered for about 20-25 minutes, or until rice is tender.

{Inspired by this recipe at allrecipes.com}

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