CAJUN-STYLE CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE JAMBALAYA (for eight to ten)
one 2-1/2 to 3 pound chicken, giblets removed
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped (about 2 cups), trimmings reserved
3 medium stalks celery, finely chopped (about 1 cup), trimmings reserved
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ pound fresh chaurice (or Mexican chorizo or other spicy fresh pork or beef sausage), casings removed
½ pound andouille (or kielbasa or other smoked sausage), casings removed, halved
lengthwise and sliced crosswise ¼ inch thick
¼ pound tasso (or ham), cut into ¼ inch dice
1 medium green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon creole seasoning, preferably Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning
3 cups long grain white rice
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 dried bay leaf
½ cup thinly sliced scallions
hot sauce, preferably Crystal (optional)
1.Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 325*.
2. Pat the chicken dry and season it all over with salt and pepper. Put the chicken breast side down on a roasting rack in a medium, (9 by 13 inch or similar) roasting pan or flameproof baking dish. Tuck the wing tips behind the neck.
3. Roast the chicken for 30 minutes. Flip and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into a thigh registers 165* to 170*, about 45 minutes more. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest until cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes. Pull off all the meat, discarding the skin and reserving the bones; shred the meat into bite size pieces, cover and refrigerate.
4. Put the chicken bones in a 5 to 6 quart pot with the onion and celery trimmings. Add 8 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface. Lower the heat and simmer until flavorful and reduced to about 6 cups of liquid, 35 to 50 minutes. Strain the broth and measure it; you will need 6 cups, so add water if necessary.
5. Heat the oil in a 7 to 8 quart enameled cast iron Dutch oven (or other heavy duty pot) over medium heat. Add the chaurice and use a wooden spatula to break it into small pieces. Raise the heat to medium high and add the andouille, tasso, onion, celery, bell pepper and Creole seasoning. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are browned, 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Add the rice and cook, stirring often, until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the shredded chicken, reserved broth, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and ¾ teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Cover, lower the heat to maintain a simmer, and cook, undisturbed, just until the rice is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Check the rice for doneness in several places.
7. Remove the pot from the heat. Using a fork, gently fluff the scallions into the jambalaya. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes to let the flavors meld. Serve with hot sauce, if you like.
from Poppy Tooker, Fine Cooking Magazine, February/March, 2013