Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya



Servings - 6   Serving Size - 1/6th of recipe   Points Plus per serving - 7 Points+
Calories - 270.4,   Total Fat - 5.9g,   Carb. - 31.9g,   Protein - 21.4g,   Fiber - 2.9g


12 oz. uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tsp. Cajun seasoning, divided
2 tsp. olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper
3 ribs celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 cup uncooked long grain white rice ( I used Texmati Light Brown Long Grain) 
4 cups low sodium, fat free chicken broth
14.5 oz. canned diced tomatoes, undrained
8 oz. fully cooked turkey smoked sausage, sliced into rounds ( I used Hillshire Farms brand) 
Hot sauce, to taste, optional
salt and pepper, to taste


1.  Heat nonstick skillet with olive oil over med high heat.  Season chicken breasts with 2 tsp. cajun seasoning, and salt and black pepper.  Cook chicken in hot skillet until browned on each side, but not necessarily done all the way through.   Transfer the chicken to a warm oven to continue cooking through while you prepare the rest of the dish.  
2.  To same skillet you removed the chicken from, add in the onion, green and red peppers, and celery.  Sprinkle on the remaining 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning, thyme ( and salt and pepper, if you desire).  Cook for about 5 - 6 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.  Add in the garlic, cook for another few minutes. 
3.  Next add in the uncooked rice.  Allow it to saute a little bit with the vegetables.  ( 1 - 2 minutes ) Add in the canned tomatoes and chicken broth.  Bring to boil, cover, and reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for about 20 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.  
4.  Take the chicken out of the oven and slice or dice as desired.  Once the rice and vegetables are done, add in the chicken and the sausage.  Stir and continue to heat briefly until the sausage is warm.  
(I took the pan off the heat and just let the heat of the rice and vegetables heat up the sausage)   Season with hot sauce and adjust salt and pepper, if desired. 


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