Chicken and Seafood Jambalaya

from the kitchen of Chef Paul Prudhomme

Makes 4 main-dish or 8 appetizer servings

When I was growing up, jambalaya was a reality at least once a week. You would think that I would be tired of eating it, but quite the contrary. It's a great rice dish with a smoky flavor and an explosion of taste.
ingredients
2 1/2 tablespoons chicken or beef fat, pork lard, butter or oil
2/3 cup chopped tasso (preferred) or other smoked ham (about 3 ounces)
1/2 cup chopped Andouille (preferred) or any other good pure pork smoked sausage (about 3 ounces)
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
1/2 cup bite-size pieces chicken (about 3 ounces)
2 tablespoons Chef Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic ®or
Chef Paul Prudhomme'sPoultry Magic ®or
Chef Paul Prudhomme'sMeat Magic®
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
4 medium-size fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped (about 1 pound)
3/4 cup tomato sauce
2 cups seafood stock
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 cups uncooked rice, preferably processed
1 1/2 dozen peeled medium shrimp (about 1/2 pound)
1 1/2 dozen shucked medium-size oysters in their liquor (the liquid in which they are packe), about 10 ounces
how to prepare

Melt the fat in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat.  Add the tasso and andouille and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp, about 5 to 8 minutes.  Add the onions, celery and bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pan well, until tender but still firm, about 5 minutes.  Add the chicken, raise the heat to high and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Reduce the heat to medium, add the Magic Seasoning, bay leaves, and garlic.  Cook, stirring constantly and scraping the pan bottom as needed, for 3 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring frequently, until the chicken is tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Add the tomato sauce to the saucepan and continue to cook, stirring fairly often, for 7 minutes.  Stir in the stock, bring to a boil, then stir in the green onions.  Cook, stirring once or twice, for 2 minutes.  Add the rice, shrimp and oysters, stir well, and remove from the heat.  Transfer to an ungreased 8 x 8-inch baking pan, cover snugly with aluminum foil and bake until the rice is tender but still a bit crunchy, about 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.  Discard the bay leaves and serve immediately.

 

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