Chicken and Andouille Étouffée

Chicken and Andouille Étouffée


It’s almost 100
degree’s outside today and I did not feel like opening the grill and wanted to cook
something simple. This chicken and andouille étouffée recipe is an adaptation
from the classic French Cajun dish of shellfish served over rice in Louisiana.
Instead of the seafood, I have used boneless
chicken breasts ,good quality andouille sausages and no hot spices in
this recipe; so even ‘no spice connoisseurs’ can enjoy this meal.  This
dish can be prepared under 40 mins and this is my ‘go to’ recipe for every time
I have unexpected guests over dinnertime.

Andouille sausages
are spicy smoked sausages made from pork chitterlings / tripe and mostly used
in Cajun dishes like jambalaya and gumbo, its smokiness compliments the light
texture from the chicken. I get my andouille sausages from the Whole Food
Market, they have a great variety of in house made Smoky Cajun Andouille
sausages to choose from.

 You can serve this delicious Chicken
and Andouille Étouffée over a warm bowl of plain rice or flat bread, its
perfect with a bottle of fruity Pinot Noir from Russian Valley, California.

Ingredients:

¼ cup canola
oil

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 celery
ribs, finely diced

1 small
onion, diced

12 green bell pepper and 12 
red bell pepper, diced

2  garlic
cloves, thinly sliced

1 tsp.
freshly ground black pepper and salt

2 cups low
–sodium chicken stock

4 tbsp.
unsalted butter, cubed

1 pound
boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1″ pieces

1 Andouille
sausage, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 12“-thick
pieces (about 3 ounces)

2-tablespoon tomato paste

Directions:

1.Heat oil in a Dutch oven  (2
tablespoon of oil),over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. Add flour,
whisking constantly, and cook for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium and cook,
whisking constantly, until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Add celery,
onions, and peppers, and cook, stirring constantly, until soft, about 5
minutes. Stir in salt, black pepper and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute
more. Add the chicken stock, and bring to a boil; cook until thickened, about 5
minutes.

2.Meanwhile, heat the oil (remaining)in a
12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook, turning once,
until lightly browned, 4–6 minutes; transfer the chicken. Pour remaining
chicken stock into skillet, stir to scrape up any browned bits, and then pour
into Dutch oven along with Andouille and tomato paste; cook, stirring
occasionally, until thick and chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes more.
Remove pan from heat and serve étouffée with rice.

Yield: 6 Servings
Total Time: 40 min 

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