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How To Make How to Make the Best Chicken Jambalaya | Recipe

How To Make How to Make the Best Chicken Jambalaya | Recipe

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This chicken jambalaya is a delicious and easy cajun recipe. Made with onion, bell pepper, celery, chicken, sausage, rice, and more.

Chicken Jambalaya with sausage cooked and ready to serve

Being from Louisiana there is nothing more comforting than a delicious Chicken Jambalaya recipe. Many people think for something to taste like South Louisiana that it has to be spicy but for me, it’s about the right balance of spice and seasonings.

You know I love cajun dishes, and if that’s you too, you might also like this Crawfish Pie, Crawfish Étouffée, or this yummy gumbo recipe.

cooked Chicken Jambalaya in a large white dutch oven.

I prefer something a little milder and that means my kids are more likely to eat it. Cajun food is more about feeling at home when you eat it instead of being hot and spicy. If you like it spicy, add cayenne pepper or a few dashes of hot sauce to the recipe.

This is a great recipe and one of my favorite one-pot meals. It’s creole cooking at its finest with a New Orleans twist. If you’ve never enjoyed a chicken and sausage jambalaya recipe before, you’re definitely in for a treat.

If you read this blog, you know I love creole foods and cajun recipes.

This easy jambalaya recipe is the perfect dish for colder months, game days, or big family get-togethers.

There are many types of Jambalaya that you can make but my favorite is chicken jambalaya with sausage and it’s something that most everyone can eat. Although it is a great winter meal there is never a bad time to enjoy some good Jambalaya. It can warm you up on a cold night but enjoying it after a hard workday is a good idea year-round.

What is the Holy Trinity?

Not only that but the base is made with the holy trinity. If you’re from the south, you already know what that is! If not, let me explain it to you. The holy trinity refers to the start of a recipe by using the vegetable mixture of celery, onion, and bell pepper. A lot of southern dishes like jambalaya start off with a base of the holy trinity.

Keep reading for everything you need to make this easy chicken jambalaya recipe.

Chicken jambalaya in a large dutch oven and ready to serve.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Sausage
  • Boneless Skinless chicken breasts (you can also use skinless chicken thighs)
  • Onions (yellow onion or white onion is fine)
  • Celery
  • Green Peppers
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chicken broth
  • Uncooked rice (white rice, brown rice, or long grain rice)

Cajun Seasoning Mix Ingredients

  • Whole Bay leaves
  • Ground black pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • White Pepper
  • Dried thyme leaves
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Sage

If you don’t have all of the spices and you want to make life easy, grab a box of jambalaya mix so you don’t have to purchase all of the extra spices.

Ingredients needed to make chicken and sausage jambalaya.

If you haven’t done so already, break out the cutting board or food processor to dice up the celery, onion, and bell pepper. You’ll also want to slice and cut the chicken and the andouille sausage into bite-sized pieces.

How to make Chicken Jambalaya with Sausage

  1. Combine the creole seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the sausage until it starts to brown, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and continue to cook until brown, about 3-5 minutes. Stir frequently.
  5. Turn the stovetop down to medium heat.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Stir in the seasoning mix of cajun spices and 1/2 of the chopped onion, celery, green bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until vegetables get tender, about 3-5 minutes. Stir frequently and scrape the bottom of the pot frequently.
  8. Stir in the tomato sauce and cook for about one minute.
  9. Add in the remaining onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, and the diced tomatoes then remove from heat.
  10. Stir in the rice and chicken stock, mix the ingredients well.
  11. Bake uncovered in the oven at 350 degrees for one hour or until the rice is tender but still has a little crunch.
  12. Remove from the oven, add the bay leaves and stir well.
  13. Allow the dish to cool for five minutes before serving. OPTIONAL: Top with green onions before serving.
Chicken jambalaya on a white plate with a bite ready to eat.

Pro Tips and FAQs

What kind of rice should I use for Jambalaya?

I find that long-grain rice works the best and doesn’t become mushy while cooking.

Can I add shrimp to Jambalaya?

Yes, you can! There are so many cajun jambalaya flavors and it’s hard to mess up this dish.

What if I don’t have all of the seasonings? Can I use a packaged spice mix?

If you don’t cook creole dishes often you may not have all of the seasonings or want to purchase the seasonings. Many grocery stores will have the cajun mix packages in the baking aisle next to the seasonings.

What can I serve with Chicken Jambalaya?

This chicken and sausage Jambalaya is great on its own but if you are having a party or just want to have something to go with it here are some great ideas: Corn on the Cob, Cornbread, Okra, Salad, Biscuits, Cucumber Tomato salad.

What is the difference between Gumbo and Jambalaya?

Both are known as Cajun dishes and they are very similar but there is one key difference. Gumbo is served with hot rice but you put the rice in your Jambalaya because it is one of the main ingredients.

Can I reheat Jambalaya?

Put the leftovers in a frying pan and add a little bit of broth or water to prevent it from drying out. Cook until heated, usually about five minutes.

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Chicken Jambalaya

This chicken jambalaya is a delicious and easy cajun recipe. Made with onion, bell pepper, celery, chicken, sausage, rice, and more.

Course Main Course

Cuisine American, Cajun

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 45 minutes

Total Time 55 minutes

Servings 8

Calories 449kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 lb sliced sausage
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups rice uncooked and rinsed

Seasoning Mix

  • 2 bay leaves whole
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme dried
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp sage

Instructions

  • Combine the creole seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

  • Melt butter in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat.

  • Add the sausage until it starts to brown, about 3 minutes.

  • Add the chicken and continue to cook until brown, about 3-5 minutes. Stir frequently.

  • Turn the stove top down to medium heat.

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  • Stir in the seasoning mix of cajun spices and 1/2 of the chopped onion, celery, green bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until vegetables get tender, about 3-5 minutes. Stir frequently and scrape the bottom of the pot frequently.

  • Stir in the tomato sauce and cook for about one minute.

  • Stir in the remaining onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, and the diced tomatoes then remove from heat.

  • Stir in the rice and chicken stock, mix the ingredients well.

  • Bake uncovered in the oven at 350 degrees for one hour or until the rice is tender but still has a little crunch.

  • Remove from the oven, add the bay leaves and stir well.

  • Allow the dish to cool for five minutes before serving. OPTIONAL: Top with green onions before serving.

Notes

  1. I find that long-grain rice works the best and doesn’t become mushy while cooking.
  2. If you don’t cook creole dishes often you may not have all of the seasonings or want to purchase the seasonings. Many grocery stores will have the cajun mix packages in the baking aisle next to the seasonings.
  3. This chicken and sausage Jambalaya is great on its own but if you are having a party or just want to have something to go with it here are some great ideas: Corn on the Cob, Cornbread, Okra, Salad, Biscuits, Cucumber Tomato salad.
  4. To reheat, put the leftovers in a frying pan and add a little bit of broth or water to prevent it from drying out. Cook until heated, usually about five minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1008mg | Potassium: 767mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 781IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg

**Nutrition facts are based on my best estimation for this recipe. They may not be accurate depending on what brands you use or modifications you might make to the recipe. For most accurate calculations, I recommend using a nutrition calculator with the exact brands and measurements you use with the recipe.

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