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Jollof Barley Casserole

Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
"Jollof rice is a West African casserole of rice and various meats." --Nikolina Jonah, Frankfort, KY

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into (2-inch) pieces
  • 1 pound veal stew meat
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked pearl barley
  • 2 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomato
  • 1 (10-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato puree

Nutrition Information

  • calories 369
  • caloriesfromfat 21 %
  • fat 8.5 g
  • satfat 2.3 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 35.5 g
  • carbohydrate 37.5 g
  • fiber 8 g
  • cholesterol 102 mg
  • iron 3.2 mg
  • sodium 434 mg
  • calcium 44 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle chicken and veal evenly with 1 3/4 teaspoons spice mixture. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken and veal to pan; cook 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove chicken mixture from pan; keep warm.

  3. Decrease heat to medium. Add onion and bell pepper to pan; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add remaining spice mixture, thyme, red pepper, and bay leaf to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add barley; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add broth and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Stir in chicken mixture. Cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until barley is tender. Let stand 10 minutes; discard bay leaf.