Jambalaya

Recipe for jambalaya!

So this is a recipe I have adapted from many jambalaya recipes I’ve collected over the years. This has become a go-to on many nights when we don’t have a plan for dinner in our house. It includes a lot of staples in our pantry like peppers, onions, canned tomatoes, rice, etc.

Although jambalaya is known for it’s shrimp and pork sausage, I make mine without. I personally don’t/can’t eat red meat. So for this recipe I use chicken as the main protein and a chicken sausage (casing free) instead of pork sausage. My favorite chicken sausage is the spicy jalapeno from Trader Joe’s. It’s delicious and adds another element of spice to the dish! You can always add in your favorite sausage, shrimp, etc. Or make it vegan and drop the meat and swap out the chicken stock for veggie stock. Remember all recipes can be adapted for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Leave a comment below if you change things up.

This recipe is based off of what I’ve learning in cooking courses, my experience with Jambalaya, and tutorials. However, I am not an authority on this cuisine and this is not 100% authentic by any means. I have always loved Jambalaya and ordered it whenever it was on a menu or at a food festival. However, as I got older I realized why I felt so sick after eating it (and many other dishes) was my allergy to shellfish and red meat/pork. So, as I got older I tried to make my own version of it with chicken and chicken sausage. No shellfish. This is just a version I’ve made at home for years and love. Again, it’s not authentic, but a version I enjoy.

cooked jambalaya close up in a pot

I make my jambalaya pretty spicy, so you may want to lower the spices if you don’t like heat. Or for those of you who are spice fiends, feel free to kick-up the cayenne!

This meal is easy to make and can feed a lot of people…or just you if you’re really hungry! I like to make it over the weekend because it holds well for leftovers during my workweek. The smell of it heating in the office microwave will make all of your coworkers envious.

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • red onion
  • bell pepper
  • bell pepper
  • jalapeno pepper
  • garlic cloves
  • chicken breasts (2-3 breasts)
  • sausage
  • chicken stock
  • crushed tomatoes
  • uncooked rice
  • Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • leaves
  • thyme
  • cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
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How to make Jambalaya

  1. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on the stove. Dice your onion, peppers, and garlic and toss into heating pan and mix. Sauté your veggies for a few minutes until the color brightens.
  2. While the veggies are sautéing, cut your chicken into cubes and slice your sausages. Then add both the chicken and sausage to your sautéed veggies. Continue to heat on the stove, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix with a spoon. When the chicken is cooked through (no longer pink inside) pour the mixture into the pan. Stir to combine and cover. You can reduce the heat to a medium low and let it sit for 30 minutes (or until the rice is soft). Stir occasionally so that the rice doesn’t burn your pan!
  4. Remove from the heat and pull out the bay leaves. Give it a good stir and let cool for a few minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

Other Savory Recipes to Try

Disclaimer: This recipe is traditional to a cultural that I am not a member of, but respect. This is in no way 100% authentic, but instead an interpretation from a recipe I respect and want to pay homage to. If I have used another recipe to influence that, I will list it. Most of the time, I use basics of the recipe from a person, multiple websites, or sometimes from a store-bought product. I’ll try to list very specifically where inspiration or base recipes came from. Also, if I am messing something up, please send me an email to call me up to the issue so we can have a conversation about this. I appreciate having an open and honest community here. Thank you for your support.

cooked jambalaya close up in a pot
cooked jambalaya close up in a pot

Jambalaya

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Wilens

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion chopped fine
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper chopped fine
  • 8 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • 12 ounces spicy sausage
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 14 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • cups rice uncooked
  • 2 Tbsp Cajun seasoning such as Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on the stove. Dice your onion, peppers, and garlic and toss into heating pan and mix. Sauté your veggies for a few minutes until the color brightens.
  • While the veggies are sautéing, cut your chicken into cubes and slice your sausages. Then add both the chicken and sausage to your sautéed veggies. Continue to heat on the stove, stirring occasionally.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix with a spoon. When the chicken is cooked through (no longer pink inside) pour the mixture into the pan. Stir to combine and cover. You can reduce the heat to a medium low and let it sit for 30 minutes (or until the rice is soft). Stir occasionally so that the rice doesn’t burn your pan!
  • Remove from the heat and pull out the bay leaves. Give it a good stir and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

– Meats: I am missing shrimp here as I’m highly allergic, but feel free to add it in. I also use chicken sausage, jalapeno from Trader Joe’s.

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 700mg | Potassium: 618mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1707IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg
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