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Tuesday, January 06, 2009


(originally from allrecipes)

We've been enjoying this for dinner this week. It's great comfort food, but it's also yummy enough to share with special guests. Best of all, my DH prepared most of the meal for us!

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup skinless, boneless chicken breasts - diced
1/2 pound pork healthy choice sausage, thinly sliced
1 cup olive oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 quarts chicken broth
1 (12 oz) can beer
6 stalks celery, diced
4 roma tomatoes, diced
1 sweet onion, sliced
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, with liquid
2 tablespoons chopped fresh red chile peppers
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup Cajun seasoning
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

1.Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat, and cook chicken until no longer pink and juices run clear. Stir in sausage, and cook until evenly browned. Drain chicken and sausage, and set aside.
2.In a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, blend olive oil and flour to create a roux. Stir constantly until browned and bubbly. Mix in garlic, and cook about 1 minute.
3.Gradually stir chicken broth and beer into the roux mixture. Bring to a boil, and mix in celery, tomatoes, sweet onion, diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, red chile peppers, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 40 minutes, stirring often.
4.Mix chicken, sausage, and shrimp into the broth mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes.
5.Serve over rice.



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