So let's get started, shall we? Take 2 teaspoons of canola oil, add them to a pot and heat it up. Once the oil is heated; add 6 ounces of smoked chicken or turkey sausage halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Saute for 1 minute, then add 2 cloves of garlic, minced and 1/2 cup each of chopped onion, celery and green bell pepper.
Your house should be smelling delicious at this point. Allow the peppers and onion mixture to saute for about six minutes, or until tender. Then add 1 cup of long-grain uncooked rice, 1 cup of water, 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon thyme, and a can of low-sodium chicken broth. Mix well, and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is done. Stir in a can of diced tomatoes, with the juice, and 1 cup of cooked chicken. Cook for 3 minutes or until everything is heated through.
Once it's all heated up, you've got yourself a yummy dinner! This recipe serves 4-5 people and freezes well, so you can save some for later.