I have been wanting to do something different from our daily routine for dinner, and I’ve been craving spicy and shrimp. So what better than jambalaya!
I couldn’t find one perfect easy recipe, so I just took bits and pieces from several with a few additions of my own – the results are fantastic!
Or as my family calls it; Jambi.
1-2 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped into bite sized pieces
8 oz kielbasa, cut into 1/4 inch slices, then halved
1 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
Salt and pepper
2 cups uncooked white rice
2 14 oz cans chicken broth
1 can original Rotel
1/2 lb cooked shrimp, tails off
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
In this recipe you could absolutely use 1-2 uncooked, cut chicken breasts and just cook them first. I, however, had left overs from this week making Engagement Chicken from one of my favorite cookbooks!
Truly, give this one a go – both the book and the recipe. Easy, DELICIOUS chicken proven time and time again to impress your guests – or your significant other, or yourself… Whoever.
If you choose to use raw chicken, cook it before the kielbasa. If cooked, follow the directions as follows:
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté kielbasa until it begins to brown.
Add chicken and sauté a few minutes more until meat is browned.
Add peppers and onions, sauté 2 minutes until they begin to soften.
Add celery and garlic, sauté a few minutes more until onions begin to become translucent.
Add and stir in seasonings to taste. I recommend at least 1-2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning, but err on the side of caution since you can always add later.
Add chicken broth.
Add my own little secret ingredient, the entire Rotel can, juices and all.
Stir together and bring to a boil.
Add shrimp to the top of the mixture.
Reduce heat to medium low and cover. Cook 20-30 minutes, or until rice is tender.
Remove from heat and stir in Worcestershire and hot sauce. Leave the lid on to keep the moisture in, but now is the perfect time to taste and add more seasonings as needed.
So my daughter and I had a lazy day today. So lazy that I looked at the clock in enough time to realize that I only had two hours before I had to leave for work to cook, clean, and shower.
I still decided to put some effort into dinner with what little we had in our cupboards and got creative. The results were fantastic.
Chicken & Broccoli with a Garlic Basil Cream Sauce
You will need:
Oil, for cooking
Chicken breasts, thawed (one per person)
Seasonings to taste (I used salt, pepper, and garlic salt)
1 cup broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces (mine were frozen)
1/2 cup onion, chopped
Box rice of your choice, I used Chicken and Garlic Rice-a-Roni
Garlic Basil Cream Sauce:
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
5-6 leaves of fresh basil (chopped), or 1-2 tsp dried basil
Oil frying pan, season chicken breasts, and pan fry on medium heat. Brown both sides of chicken, reducing heat if needed to time dinner preperations.
In a separate pan, melt butter for sauce in low heat. Once melted add garlic. Stir occasionally, smearing garlic with the bottom of your spoon to reduce the garlic into the butter, about 3-5 minutes.
Add flour and salt. Stir/spread mixture frequently for approximately 3 minutes to minimize flour taste and texture.
Slowly and simultaneously add milk and chopped basil until completely combined.
Raise heat to medium low and stir occasionally. Turn off heat when sauce has reached desired thickness.
In the meantime, after both sides of chicken are browned, add broccoli and onion to fry pan. Add extra seasonings if needed. Sauté with chicken until tender.
Plate with rice of choice, covering both rice and chicken/vegetable fry with cream sauce. So delicious!
Ever go out with a girlfriend for a margarita and, even though you’ve already eaten, the smell of the place makes you starving? My method is a side of rice, smother it in red enchilada sauce, throw some melted cheese on top and watch me drool!
So I just decided to start making it at home.
Each can of enchilada sauce could feed an army this way, so I usually follow it up with some easy chicken enchiladas for dinner a few days later.
It’s simple, it’s cheap, it’s easy.
1 Box mexican rice mix ~ 1 can enchilada sauce ~ small handful shredded mexican cheese
You heard me. That’s it.
First thing’s first. Prepare rice as directed on package.
Dish yourself up a good heaping bowlful.
Drench the rice in red, lovely deliciousness.
Sprinkle that enchilada goodness with a healthy dose of shredded cheese.
Microwave for 30 seconds to heat the sauce and melt the cheese.
Sweet Moses it makes me hungry just looking at it.
I’ll probably have this for lunch tomorrow now.