Well, let me just take a moment to tell everyone about my little family…My roommate family that is! I have the pleasure of living with my very best friend (SINCE 6TH GRADE) Jessica and her fiance Andy (and Mogley the cat) .. it couldn’t get any better. I have heard horror stories about roommate situations, and we are all over here like… “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Our home is amazing! One of my favorite ways to hang out together is to get in the kitchen and make a masterpiece! (We do this a lot!) Andy, I hate to admit,can give me a run for my money! So that being said, this meal is one we all made together! Also, a certain someone hinted that she would like everyone to notice her beautiful engagement ring in the photos! (Congrats Bestie <3) Anyways, enough about us. If you like Cajun style food, this is a meal for you! Cajun chicken, veggies, rice and a yummy sauce. Did you hear anything there that wasn’t appealing?! No! It’s filling without being overwhelming. And oh yeah… it calls for wine. I guess you can figure out what to do with the rest of the bottle 🙂
- 3-4 Chicken Breasts, cut into thinner pieces
- Jasmine Rice, servings can really vary on how many people are eating.
- 1 Andouille Sausage, cut into thin slices
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup Garlic, Minced
- 1 Cup White Wine
- 3 Cups Heavy Cream
- 1/4 Cup Course Grain Mustard, or Dijon if that is all you have lying around
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Red Hot
- Salt/Pepper to taste, plus a dash a sugar to balance it out, Not a lot.
- Cajun Seasoning, I think using anything other than Tony Chachere’s is blasphemy! This can be as much or little as you want depending on how spicy you like things.
- 3 Bell Peppers, cut into strips (We used a green, yellow, and orange..but this really doesn’t change the taste, whatever you like best)
- 1 Yellow Onion, cut into strips
Cut chicken in half long ways, and season with Cajun Seasoning and salt/pepper. If you have time, it really tastes even better to throw the chicken on the grill. If you choose this option, go ahead and grill the chicken while you prepare the sauce. If not set the chicken aside to saute later on. Cut up all of your veggies/sausages/garlic etc. to have ready to throw into your pan.
Now, in a large saute pan, over medium-high heat.. add Olive Oil. Once heated, add garlic and cook for just about 1 minute. When you can smell the garlic it is usually cooked well enough.
After cooking the garlic for a minute, add white wine and let simmer for a few more minutes. Stirring occasionally. Now add the Course Grain Mustard, Red Hot, and Worcestershire and stir together. Let this mixture cook a few more minutes.
Time to add the heavy cream. Add the 3 cups of cream and stir the mixture together until well combined. Now for a trick Andy learned on Food Network recently… When making this sauce you want it to thicken up a bit before it is combined with the vegetables. To achieve this we put a bowl over an ice bath and poured the heavy cream mixture (leave a tiny bit of this in the pan to make the veggies even better) into this bowl to chill. It really helped thicken it up quickly, versus it simmering in the pan for a long period of time. It was a handy quick route, I am so glad he saw this! Time saver! Place cream mixture into the fridge to do it’s things while you complete the rest of the sauce.
Go ahead and saute your chicken if you chose not to grill it, nothing special here. just a little Cajun spice and olive oil, cook until just done.
In the same pan that had your cream mixture in it, add Andouille, Peppers, and Onions. Saute the veggies until they are tender. It took about 20 minutes for them to be just right. Once the vegetables are where you like them, add the cream mixture back into the pan and combine together. Plate them up! Put a serving of the Jasmine Rice on a plate, followed by your cooked chicken, and then a hefty spoonful of the delicious sauce you made.
I think it is fair to assume everyone knows what we do with the extra wine at our house. No wine is safe!
Now all you need to do is enjoy this beautiful meal with people you love, like I did!