Today we’re cookin’ rice the dirty way. The way they do it in the south, baby. No shame and no beads shall be rewarded. Like many things, this recipe actually goes faster than you’d think and is pretty fun and comforting.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (more as needed)
- 1 chicken breast, butterfly cut
- 1/2 pound andouille sausage, sliced
- 1/2 pound smoked ham, pre cooked and cubed
- 1 pound medium shrimp, deveined & tails removed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 celery stems, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, cored and diced
- 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 8 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 – 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded & minced
- 3 tablespoons worchestire sauce
- 3 tablespoons Chicken Better Than Bouillon
- 4 stems fresh oregano, stemmed & chopped
- 5 stems fresh thyme, stemmed
- 6 cups water
- 3 cups basmati rice, rinsed
- 3 bay leaves
- Sea salt to taste
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1/2 bunch chopped fresh parsley, divided
- Freshly squeezed juice from one lemon
Place olive oil in very large saucepan over medium-high heat. Placed butterflied chicken breast in pan, salt & pepper, and cook until thickest parts reach at least 165°F (anything under 165°F isn’t safe, over 165°F gets too dry). When chicken is fully cooked, set aside on a large dish.
Heat sausage and ham in same pan and again add to large dish with chicken. Salt & pepper shrimp. Add to pan and cook until pink and opaque. Set aside with other meat. When chicken breast is cool enough, dice into small pieces.
Add butter to saucepan. Add onion, celery, and peppers. Cook until onions are translucent. Stir diced tomato, tomato paste, garlic, jalapenos, worchestire sauce, Better Than Bouillon, oregano, and thyme into pan.
Add water to pan. Bring water to a boil. As soon as water boils, stir rice into pan and cover well. Cook on low for 20 minutes. After rice has fully cooked, stir in meat that had been set aside for such a time as this.
No beads or feeling dirty needed, this dish is almost sinless.