Guest Author - Vanette (Vannie) Ryanes
Hale & Hearty Brown Rice Jambalaya. A healthier version of a traditional taste. Commonly used white rice has been replaced with brown. Low in fat and sodium-free, brown rice is and excellent source of magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber. To kick-up the heat on this family friendly recipe change the smoked sausage with spicy chorizo and/or bulk up on the cayenne pepper.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb chicken pieces [thighs or breast]
1/2 lb smoked sausage, cut into 1/2 inch
1 cup each: chopped onion, celery and green pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup USA brown rice
3 cups chicken stock
1/4 tsp each: salt, freshly ground pepper and cayenne pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Garnish: sliced (seeded) jalapeno peppers
1. In large Dutch oven heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, browning well on all sides; transfer chicken to plate, add sausage; cook until browned.
2. Add onions, celery, green pepper and garlic; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add rice; stir to coat and continue cooking 1 minute. Add stock, salt, pepper and cayenne; bring to boil stirring well.
3. Nestle chicken pieces into rice. Cover, cook over low heat until chicken is cooked through, liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cilantro and leave covered 10 minutes.
Garnish with sliced jalapeno peppers. (seeds removed)
Makes 4 servings.
Source: The Rice Federation