This classic southern recipe is brimming with three proteins including tender shrimp, chicken and sausage, and it's cooked with hearty rice and a colorful array of nutritious vegetables. And it's all seasoned with flavorful cajun spices. It's delicious comfort food fit for servings any day of the year!
Ready in: 1hour10minutes
13oz.andouille sausage,sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
1medium yellow onion,(1 3/4 cups)
2medium bell peppers, seeded and chopped (2 1/2 cups, preferably 1 red and 1 yellow)
3celery ribs,chopped (1 cup)
4garlic cloves,minced (1 1/2 Tbsp)
3cupslow-sodium chicken broth,plus more as needed
1(14.5 oz) cancrushed tomatoes*
1/2tspcayenne pepper,less or more to taste**
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2cupslong grain white rice
1lb.large or extra large shrimp,peeled and deveined
1 1/2cupssliced okra,fresh or frozen, thawed (optional)
2cupsshredded cooked chicken(I use rotisserie chicken)
1/3cupchopped green onions
1/4cupchopped fresh parsley,plus more for garnish if desired
Preheat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, tossing occasionally until browned, about 5 - 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain, leave oil in pan.
Add onion, bell pepper, and celery to pot. Saute 6 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.
Pour in chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, paprika, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cooked sausage and rice.
Bring mixture to a light boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low heat, cover and simmer until rice is almost fully tender, about 20 - 25 minutes. Stir in a little extra broth as needed.
Stir in shrimp and okra, cover and continue to cook until shrimp have cooked through, about 4 - 5 minutes.
Stir in chicken, green onions and parsley. Serve immediately garnishing each serving with more parsley if desired.
*1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes can be substituted.
**This is a spicy dish both from the cayenne pepper and the sausage. If you don't like spicy food you can omit the cayenne pepper and use a different type of smoked sausage.
**For more heat you can also add a chopped jalapeno in when sautéing peppers or add a can of hot diced green chilis in when adding crushed tomatoes.
For another layer of flavor you can also add in cumin or chili powder to taste, or serve with lemon wedges for spritzing.