This is a takeoff of New Orleans Shrimp. Chicken, smoked sausage, and shrimp are simmered with celery, red and green peppers, and zucchini, then spiced with hot pepper.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/2 stalk celery
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 zucchini, sliced into rounds
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chile peppers
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- black pepper to taste
- 1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
- 2 1/2 cups water
- cayenne pepper to taste
- crushed red pepper flakes to taste
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1/2 pound kielbasa sausage, sliced
- 1/2 pound shrimp
Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute onion, celery, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, zucchini, and green chiles until the onion is tender. Remove vegetables from skillet, and set aside.
Melt the butter in the same skillet on medium heat, being careful not to burn. Stir in flour until combined, then stir in salt and pepper. Cook flour mixture until brown, 3 to 5 minutes; stir continuously. DO NOT ALLOW THIS MIXTURE TO BURN.
Stir in onion soup mix and water. Increase heat to medium high. Season with red cayenne pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir in vegetables. If gravy is too thick, stir in warm water. Reduce heat to low.
Heat a separate large heavy skillet over medium high heat. Saute chicken, sausage and shrimp until chicken is no longer pink, and juices run clear. Stir into vegetable mixture. Simmer for 35 minutes.