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Creole jambalaya
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Creole jambalaya

Packed with flavor and color, this Creole jambalaya is one tasty comforting dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 -4
Calories: 751kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • ½ onion
  • 1 pepper I used ½ red, ½ yellow but any combination of colors works
  • 1 rib celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ lb chicken 225g, breast or thighs
  • 14.5 oz finely chopped tomatoes 411g, 1 can
  • 2 cups chicken stock 480ml
  • 1 cup rice 200g, approx
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper or more, to taste
  • ½ lb raw shrimp 225g prawns
  • 6 oz smoked andouille sausage 170g, or other spicy smoked sausage


  • Dice the onions, peppers and celery - I leave the peppers medium-sized but cut the rest relatively small. Dice the chicken and thinly slice the sausage.
  • Warm the oil in a wide, heavy based dish then add the onion, pepper, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring now and then, until just soft (3-5min). 
  • Add the chicken and sausage then cook, stirring regularly, until the chicken is just cooked through. Add the tomatoes, stock, rice, bay leaf, thyme, oregano, paprika and cayenne. Bring to a simmer then cover, reduce the heat and leave approximately 20 minutes until the rice is just cooked. You may need to stir now and then, depending on your dish.
  • Add the shrimp, pressing them under the rice mixture to help them cook through. Turn them over if needed and once cooked through, serve.


Note - you can use long or short grain rice, as you prefer, but not brown rice unless you pre-cook as it will take too long to cook. Cooking time after adding rice can vary depending on what kind you use.
If you can't get andouille sausage, use a smoked sausage and if it's not spicy, increase the amount of cayenne.
You can also add a jalapeño or two with the onion etc if you like and/or hot sauce at the end if you like it spicier.


Calories: 751kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 299mg | Sodium: 1587mg | Potassium: 928mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 20.1mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 5.5mg