Easy Jambalaya made with Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille Sausage in under 45 minutes. Served over rice or rice cooked with the jambalaya for one pot meal.
This classic version is a great addition to the site since you all love the Cajun Jambalaya Pasta on here so much!
This savory and rich jambalaya contains chicken, sausage, and shrimp cooked with the trinity of New Orleans flavors, celery, onion and bell peppers. Thyme, oregano, cajun seasoning and tomatoes are added to flavor the dish along with rice which is traditionally cooked with the rest of the ingredients, or alternately served along side it.
YES, it is traditionally made with the rice in the pot, but here’s the thing. This is a giant pot of food. Unless you are serving 8 people tonight for dinner, you’re going to have leftovers. And do you know what that rice is going to do to that delicious jambalaya? Dry it out.
We tested cooking jambalaya the traditional way as well as without rice in the pot, and we love it this version significantly more. You can make the rice buttery and slightly salted before pouring this over, and just give it a few minutes to marry the flavors together.
Try eating the recipe this way and once you’ve tried it, you’ll love it. And leftovers are a breeze because there’s still liquid in the pot! Traditionally jambalaya is served with rice and a side of Southern Cornbread. Sometimes a Creamed Corn is served, and if serving with creamed corn try spicing it up with some jalapeños.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Gumbo is a traditional stew type dish made with a roux to thicken the sauce. Jambalaya is a traditional rice based recipe made with chicken, sausage and shrimp in one pot.
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoons dried oregano
¼ teaspoons dried thyme
1. Mix all the ingredients together and store in a covered container for up to three months
1. If cooked without rice, scoop some rice into your bowl.
2. Ladle the jambalaya over the rice, removing the shrimp from the bowl and setting it aside.
3. Cover with a wet paper towel and microwave until very hot (for us this is 3-4 minutes).
4. Lift the paper towel, add the shrimp into the bowl and cover the paper towel back over it and let it sit for 3-4 minutes.
5. The shrimp will be hot but not rubbery as it would be if you were to cook it a second time in the microwave.
How to Store Easy Jambalaya
- Serve: Do not leave Jambalaya at room temperature longer than 2 hours before refrigerating.
- Store: Refrigerate Jambalaya in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- Freeze: In a freezer safe container or plastic bag, Jambalaya will freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator before reheating.
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 pound andouille sausage links , sliced
- 1 large onion , chopped
- 1 red bell pepper , finely chopped
- 2 stalks celery , thinly sliced
- 2 chicken breasts , skinless, boneless, cut into chunks
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 pound shrimp , 13-15 count
- Add canola oil to your dutch oven on medium high heat.
- Add the sausage to the pan and cook until crisp and browned.
- Remove the sausage and add in the onion, bell pepper and celery.
- Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
- Reduce the heat and add the chicken, tomatoes, broth, thyme, oregano, cajun seasoning and cayenne and cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes.
- Add the shrimp and sausage, stir and cook for 3-5 minutes, uncovered, before serving.
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