Thursday Dinner

this is a perfect winter food even the kids love - and isn't too spicy, even for our little guy. i can barely keep leftovers of this in the house! (serves 12)

1 broiler chicken, cut up about 3 lbs
6 TBLspns olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped bell pepper, grn
4 ribs celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb 'jones dairy farm' sausage patties, chopped
4 cans safe crushed tomatoes
4 cups safe chicken broth
2 cups long grain rice (we like basmati)
4 tsp thyme
3 tsp real salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce (tobasco)
2 lbs shrimp, (shelled and deveined) - can be ommitted if shellfish allergy - we buy frozen, boiled and simply thaw before dinner.

wash chicken & pat dry; rub w/ the paprika. heat olive oil in large skillet, add chicken and brown on all sides. remove chicken from skillet.add onions, grn bell pepper, celery and garlic. saute over low heat until onion is tender, about 10 mins. stir in sausage, tomatoes, chicken broth, rice, thyme, real salt, pepper and hot sauce. add chicken and turn to coat w/ sauce. bring to a boil. reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken is tender. stir in shrimp and cook about 3 mins longer, or just until shrimp turns pink.


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