All the flavor of the Creole classic but without the saturated fat.
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 35 mins
Extra Time: 40 mins
(for pre-cooking rice)
In a 3-quart pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion is tender, about 4 minutes. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, until the pieces are white on all sides, about 6 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and their juice, breaking them up with a spoon. Mix in the celery, bell peppers, scallion and tomato paste. Stir in the bay leaf, thyme, pepper flakes, cloves and hot sauce, if using. Bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked and the sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.
Remove the bay leaf. Stir the precooked rice into the chicken mixture and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.