Preparation / Directions:
1) Coarsely chop the scallions. Dice the celery and bell pepper. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces
2) In a plastic bag, combine flour, thyme and cayenne, and shake to mix. Add chicken and shake to coat lightly. Remove chicken and reserve excess flour mixture.
3) In a large skillet, warm 1 Tbs.. of the butter in the oil over medium high heat until the butter is melted. Add the chicken and cook until it is browned all over, about 7 min. Remove chicken to a plate and cover loosely to keep warm.
4) Add 1 remaining Tbs.. butter to the skillet and heat until melted. Add the garlic and the reserved dredging mixture. Cook, stirring, until the flour is no longer visible, about 1 min.
5) Add tomatoes and their juice, the chicken broth, scallions, celery, bell pepper, hot pepper sauce and bay leaf, and bring to a boil over medium-heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 15 min.
6) Meanwhile, dice the sausage.
7) Return the stew to a boil over medium-high heat. Return the chicken (and any juices that have accumulated on the plate) to the skillet along with the sausage, and heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 3 min. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
A few notes: As can be seen above, this isn't a light, heart healthy kind of meal. I don't really know how to fix that other than getting rid of the kielbasa which takes a lot away from the taste. I tend to add more seasoning in the form of both hot pepper sauce and paprika and I tend to cook it a bit longer on the last stage for a better mix of flavo