Mardi Gras Cooking

Mardi Gras is associated with two staple dishes: jambalaya and beignets. So how can you dish out a taste of New Orleans here in Chiberia?
March 1, 2014 5:57:07 AM PST
Mardi Gras is associated with two staple dishes: jambalaya and beignets. So how can you dish out a taste of New Orleans here in Chiberia?

Ryan Cook, General Manager, and Kris Lebsock, Assistant General Manager, both of Grand Lux Cafe, came into our ABC 7 Eyewitness News studio to show us how to make their restaurant's Cajun Shrimp and Chicken Jambalaya, and to share tips on frying beignets.

Ryan's and Kris' Recipe: Cajun Shrimp & Chicken Jambalaya
Ingredients:
2 fl oz. Olive Oil
1 lb. Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 1" pieces
1 Tbl. Cajun Spice Blend
1 Tbl. All-Purpose Flour*
6 oz. Red, Yellow, Green Peppers, cut into thin strips
6 oz. Red Onions, cut into thin strips
1/2 lb. Large Shrimp (shells, tails, and veins removed)
1 tsp. Cajun Spice Blend
1 tsp. All-Purpose Flour
2 oz. Tasso, minced
1 Tbl. Blanched Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
1-1/2 cups Chicken Broth
1 tsp. Cajun Spice Blend
1 Tbl. Butter, unsalted
White Rice, steamed
Chopped Parsley

Directions:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan. Place the chicken into a clean mixing bowl. Sprinkle the Cajun Spice Blend and all-purpose flour over the chicken and into the bowl. Gently toss the chicken until each piece is evenly coated with the spices and flour.
  • Add the chicken into the saute pan and cook until it is about half done.
  • While the chicken is cooking, place the shrimp into a clean mixing bowl. Sprinkle the Cajun Spice Blend and all-purpose flour over the shrimp and into the bowl. Gently toss the shrimp until each piece is evenly coated with the spices and flour.
  • Add the peppers, onions, and shrimp into the pan. Cook until the shrimp are about half done. Add the garlic into the pan. Season all of the ingredients with kosher salt, and ground black pepper.
  • Add the chicken broth into the saute pan. Season with a little more Cajun Spice Blend. Gently stir the ingredients together. Continue to cook until the chicken and shrimp are done, and the vegetables are tender. Swirl in a little butter just before serving.
  • Place the steamed rice into serving bowls. Spoon the jambalaya into the bowl (around the rice). Garnish with a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley.