• Tommy Centola

Chicken and Andouille Étouffée

Updated: Jan 4

I had some boneless chicken thighs and Andouille on hand. My wife is not a big fan of Jambalaya and it was too warm for Gumbo. I stumbled on this recipe that pleased us both. Instead of the salt and peppers, I used 2 tablespoons Creole Shake. Since Creole Shake is not on the market yet, I will share the original recipe.

3/4 cup Canola Oil 3/4 cup Flour 2 ribs Celery, finely chopped 1 small yellow Onion, finely chopped 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped 2 tsp. Kosher Salt 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper 1 tsp. freshly ground Black Pepper 1 tsp. freshly ground White pepper 1 tsp. dried Basil 1/2 tsp. dried Thyme 3 cups Chicken Stock or Broth 4 tbsp. unsalted Butter, cubed 2 lbs. boneless, skinless Chicken Thighs, cut into 1″ pieces 1 lb. Andouille Sausage, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2″-thick pieces 6 large Scallions (Green Onions), white and green parts, thinly sliced Cooked white Rice, for serving

1. Heat oil in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. Add flour, whisking constantly, and cook for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium and cook, whisking constantly, until roux is the color of milk chocolate, about 12–15 minutes. Add celery, onions, and peppers, and cook, stirring constantly, until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt, cayenne, black and white peppers, basil, and thyme, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add 2 cups chicken stock, and bring to a boil; cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook, turning once, until lightly browned, 4–6 minutes; transfer chicken and butter to Dutch oven. Pour remaining chicken stock into skillet, stir to scrape up any browned bits, and then pour into Dutch oven along with andouille; cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes more. Remove pan from heat, stir in scallions, and serve étouffée with rice.

Enjoy!!!

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