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Quinoa Jambalaya

Yields1 ServingCook Time40 mins

Quinoa Jambalaya

 1 tbsp paprika
 ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
 1 tsp garlic powder1
 1 tsp onion powder
 1 tsp kosher salt
 1 tsp dried thyme
 ½ cup cayenne pepper
 3 tbsp canola oil, divided
 13 oz 1 package smoked chicken sausage, reccomended: Hillshire Farms
 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
 ½ cup dry white wine
 1 green bell pepper, diced
 1 red bell pepper, diced
 1 small white onion, diced
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 1 cup unsalted chicken stock
 1 cup water
 1 cup white quinoa
 3 scallions, thinly sliced, to garnish

In a small bowl, combine the paprika, ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, dried thyme, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

Place a large sauté pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons canola oil. Add the sausage and chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked through, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon spice mixture and toss to coat. Add the wine and scrape up any brown bits that may have accumulated. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked meat to a plate. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil to the pan. Add the green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and onion. Cook until the vegetables have softened considerably, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining spice mixture and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 additional minute. Add the chicken stock and scrape up any brown bits that may have accumulated. Add the water.

Bring to a simmer, then add the quinoa. Stir to combine, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the moisture has evaporated, about 20 minutes. Add the meat and very gently fold into the quinoa. Cover and continue to cook on low until the quinoa is fluffy and tender and the meat has warmed through.

Garnish with scallions and serve warm.