Stovetop Jambalaya

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Delicious Stovetop Jambalaya– Savory andouille sausage, juicy chicken pieces, and fresh veggies stirred into fluffy rice in a flavorful broth, this jambalaya is a healthy and tasty comfort food the whole family will love. 

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Easy Stovetop Jambalaya 

Jambalaya is a southern delight that originated in Louisiana. It’s a rice dish with vegetables, cajun seasoning, and sausage.

Loaded with veggies including celery, bell peppers, onion, and crushed tomatoes, this jambalaya is a healthy comfort food that’s the perfect weeknight meal. Packed with bold cajun flavors, your whole family is sure to devour every bite!

You are going to love how easy this meal is to make and clean up. Made in only one pot, you won’t have to worry about a ton of dishes. Whip it up in less than an hour for a quick and easy meal. 

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How To Make Jambalaya

With 15-minutes of prep, and 40-minutes cook-time, this recipe is quick and easy to make in your Dutch oven. Gather all your ingredients and let’s get started!

  1. First, heat oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven. Then, add the cut sausage and chicken to the dutch oven and cook for about 5-minutes.
  2. Add the diced onion, bell peppers, and celery. Cook until the onion is soft.
  3. Add your garlic and cook for an additional minute. 
  4. Then, add the tomatoes, paprika, salt, cumin, oregano, basil, thyme, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir everything well. 
  5. Stir in the white rice and chicken broth. Then, bring the mixture to a boil. 
  6. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for about 20-minutes, stirring every few minutes. 
  7. Finally, stir in your shrimp, cover, and simmer for another 5-minutes, or until the shrimp is cooked. 
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Tips and Tricks to Perfect Jambalaya and FAQs: 

  • Lightly sear chicken and sausage. You do not need to fully cook the chicken and sausage before moving onto the next step. Just lightly sear it. 
  • Stir often. Be sure to stir your jambalaya every few minutes while it simmers so that the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom. 
  • Shrimp size affects the cook time. Larger shrimp may need a couple extra minutes to cook. The shrimp will turn from translucent to opaque when it is cooked.
  • Celery is optional. It is a common ingredient in jambalaya, but many people leave it out if they don’t like it.

You will need the following ingredients to complete this recipe: 

  • Cooking oil
  • Andouille sausage
  • Chicken
  • Onion
  • Green bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Smokey paprika
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • White rice
  • Chicken broth
  • Shrimp

FAQs

What Temperature do you cook jambalaya? 

You will cook your jambalaya over medium heat until it begins to boil. Then, you will drop the temperature to medium low and simmer. 

How long does this recipe take? 

This recipe takes about 15 minutes to prep, and 40 minutes to cook. So, you should have a complete meal in less than an hour!

What’s the difference between gumbo and jambalaya?

The main difference between gumbo and jambalaya is how it is cooked. Rice is an integral ingredient to both, but gumbo is served with cooked rice separately and jambalaya is cooked with rice. Additionally, the dark roux that gumbo is made in adds a deeper flavor and color than jambalaya, but is thinner in consistency. 

Can I make jambalaya in the slow cooker?

Absolutely! You can add all your ingredients except the shrimp into the slow cooker and cook it on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Follow this Slow Cooker Jambalaya Recipe for more details. 

Do I have to use andouille sausage? 

Nope! You could substitute Mexican chorizo sausage, or any smoked pork sausage you like. Or you could leave the sausage out and still have plenty of flavor. 

Can I just use cajun spice?

ut other spices. Use 2 Tablespoons of Cajun spice and take out the paprika, oregano, basil, pepper, thyme, and cayenne from the recipe above.

Do I have to use andouille sausage? 

Nope! You could substitute Mexican chorizo sausage, or any smoked pork sausage you like. Or you could leave the sausage out and still have plenty of flavor. 

Can I just use cajun spice?

Absolutely, but you’ll have to take out other spices. Use 2 Tablespoons of Cajun spice and take out the paprika, oregano, basil, pepper, thyme, and cayenne from the recipe above.

What do I do if my rice isn’t cooked?

If the rice isn’t cooked enough and there isn’t any more liquid for it to absorb, you can add more broth or water. Add about ½ cup at a time and continue to cook until the rice has reached the right consistency. 

How to store Jambalaya leftovers

Store any leftover jambalaya in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Jambalaya is good for 3-4 days. Additionally, you can keep it in the freezer for up to 4-months. If freezing the jambalaya, be sure to put it in a freezer safe container or freezer Ziploc bag. 

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What To Serve With Jambalaya

Jambalaya is great as a whole meal option, but I like to serve it with a side of Easy Sour Cream Cornbread and my Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad. You can also serve it with a side of Air Fryer Corn on the Cob, Easy Jalapeno Cheddar Bread, or Bloody Mary Oysters.

You can find the rest of our side dish recipes in our The Best Easy Side Dishes page.

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Stovetop Jambalaya

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Looking for a quick, easy, and delicious dinner idea? This delicious Jambalaya is all you need to make the whole family happy!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • 8 ounces (227 grams) andouille sausage, cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 pound (500 grams) boneless, skinless chicken cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 - 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice (long or short grain- not quick cooking rice)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Optional garnish is freshly chopped green onion

Instructions

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven.  Add the cut sausage and chicken meat to the dutch oven and fry until lightly seared, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the onion, bell peppers, and celery and cook until the onion is soft.  
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. 
  4. Add the tomatoes, paprika, salt, cumin, oregano, basil, thyme, pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Stir well.
  5. Stir in the white rice and chicken broth.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Then reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and allow to simmer until the rice is just cooked (about 20 minutes), stirring every few minutes.
  6. Stir in the shrimp, cover again, and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes, or until the shrimp are cooked (depending on the size of your shrimp).  

Notes

  • Celery is optional. It is a common ingredient in jambalaya but I have read lots of comments from readers that many people like it left out! 

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 609Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 237mgSodium 2290mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 40g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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