- 1 (3-pound) chicken, cut into small pieces (about 12)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
- 3/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
- 3/4 cup chopped celery
- 6 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 1/2 cups chopped andouille sausage
- 3 cups uncooked rice
- 1 1/2 cups chopped peeled tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 9 bay leaves
- 3 tablespoons Creole seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
- 6 cups white chicken stock
- 3 small (1 to 1 1/4 pounds each) lobsters, lightly steamed, cut into serving pieces
- 36 scrubbed littleneck clams
- 36 mussels, scrubbed and debearded
- 18 medium shrimp in their shells (about 3/4 pound)
Sprinkle chicken pieces evenly with salt and 18 turns of pepper. Pat in seasoning with your hands. Heat oil in a large deep saucepan over high heat. Add chicken and sear until brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Add onions, bell peppers, celery, garlic, sausage and rice and stir-fry 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, Worcestershire, hot sauce, bay leaves, Creole seasoning and saffron and simmer 1 minute. Add stock, stir well and bring to a boil. Cover and cook 4 minutes.
Add lobster, tucking pieces into rice, cover and cook 4 minutes. Add clams, cover and cook 4 minutes. Add mussels and shrimp, cover and cook until rice is tender and shellfish are opened, about 3 minutes. Discard any mussels or clams that have not opened.
Remove bay leaves and serve in large shallow bowls. Place empty bowls on table for shells.