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Chicken Jambalaya

This recipe contains herbs and spices that are common cupboard staples.  I use cayenne pepper on sweet potato wedges, bean chillies, and even sometimes salad dressings.

Thyme, oregano and bay leaves are great in plenty of soups and sauces. Dried herbs are fine, but fresh are even better, so why not grow your own (a pot on your windowsill is fine): You can even freeze fresh herbs for further use.  If you don’t like kidney beans, then replace with chickpeas or any other pulse.

 This dish can be frozen if you like, or will keep in the fridge for 3 days.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 450(1 lb) chicken cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp each dried thyme and oregano
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 500ml (1 pint) chicken stock
  • 2 cartons (2 x 400g) tinned tomatoes
  • 1 carton red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 170g (6oz) brown rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Some chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

Instructions

1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook celery, garlic and onion for about 5 minutes or until softened. 

2. Add chicken, thyme, oregano, chilli powder and cayenne pepper and cook stirring for 5 minutes.

3. Add chicken broth, green peppers, tomatoes, kidney beans, rice and bay leaf.  Bring to boil and reduce heat to low, cover and simmer stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes or until rice is tender. 

4. Let it stand for 5 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and discard then stir in parsley before serving.

This recipe is part of our Expert Nutritionist Ciara Ryan's meal plan. To find more recipe ideas, click here.


About the Author

I'm Ciara Ryan, eumom's Nutritional Expert. I'm a Nutritional Therapist and member of NTOI. I'm also a mother to three sons, age 9, 7 and 2. I'm passionate about the power of nutritional therapy in helping with both prevention of illness and the promotion of optimum physical and mental health and wellbeing.

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