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Homemade Spicy Jambalaya

This Jambalaya recipe made with chicken, smoked sausage and rice is full of flavor!

December 2, 2021
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Homemade JambalayaPhoto By Petite Gourmets
Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 60 mins
Total 75 mins

Homemade Jambalaya Recipe Video



  1. Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over high heat.
  2. Add sausage, cook until meat starts to brown, 4 or 5 min., stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pan well.
  3. Add chicken and smoked ham, continue cooking until the chicken is brown, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pan as needed.
  4. ½ cup each of onion, celery and bell peppers and Cook until vegetables start to soften, about 6 to 8 min stirring and scraping pan bottom frequently. Stir in tomato sauce and cook for about one minute, stirring often.
  5. Stir in the remaining onion, celery, bell peppers and the tomatoes. Stir in stock and rice, mixing well.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, over very low heat until rice is tender, about 30 minutes.
  7. Never uncover rice as it is cooking. (If you prefer to finish this dish by baking once the rice and stock have been added, transfer to an ungreased 9″x13″ baking pan and bake, uncovered at 350 °F for about 1 hour.)
  8. Serve with a salad and a crunchy French bread to make a complete meal, or serve it warm as an appetizer.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Homemade Jambalaya
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.1 g16.8%
Cholesterol 65 mg21.7%
Sodium 967 mg42%
Protein 20.1 g40.2%
Potassium 499 mg10.6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Cook the vegetables over low heat and slowly.
  • This recipe is spicy. You can omit the paprika and cayenne peppers if you wish.
  • Andouille sausage can be hard to find sometimes so any smoked sausage will do.
  • For protein, chicken, shrimp, and andouille sausage are traditional choices for jambalaya. You can use just one or all of them depending on your preference.
  • You can use crushed tomatoes instead of tomato sauce.
  • You can use vegetable broth and tofu instead of meat to make the recipe vegetarian.
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Jambalaya is a Louisiana dish originated from French and Spanish cuisines. A delicious meeting of sautéed vegetables, chicken and andouille sausage with spices.

Try this easy recipe that you can prepare in one pot at home. You won't be able to resist the mouth-watering flavor of Jambalaya enriched with Cajun spice. Bon Appetit.

What is Jambalaya?

Jambalaya is a rice dish made with meat and vegetables. It is known as a Cajun dish affected by French, Spanish and African cuisine.

Traditional recipes use andouille sausage (smoked sausage). The vegetables known as the "holy trinity" usually consist of onions, celery and green bell peppers. It is prepared with a small amount of vegetables, cooked meat and rice. Chicken, pork, shrimp or crab meat can be preferred in this recipe as protein. It is also a spicy dish. Various spices are used, such as Cajun seasoning, paprika, and cayenne pepper.

What is the Difference Between Gumbo and Jambalaya?

Jambalaya and Gumbo contain a mix of vegetables and meat. Jambalaya is a rice-based dish. Gumbo is a rice casserole or soup. Okra is used in both dishes. It is generally preferred in gumbo to thicken the soup.

What is the Difference Between Paella and Jambalaya?

Jambalaya and Paella are similar dishes. It is basically made with the same main ingredients. The difference between these two dishes is the spices. The main spice in paella making is saffron. Jambalaya is a more spicy dish.

What Rice Is Best for Jambalaya?

Long grain white rice is ideal in a jambalaya recipe. You can use basmati or jasmine rice. You can also opt for brown rice. However, keep in mind that the cooking time for the rice will be about 15 minutes longer. You will also need to add additional water or chicken stock/vegetable stock.

How to Make the Best Jambalaya at Home?

To easily make Jambalaya at home:

  1. Saute the chicken and sausages. Fry the chicken and smoked sausages in a pan.
  2. Saute the vegetables. Cook the onion, bell pepper, and celery with the garlic and jalapeno peppers until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the rice and chicken stock. Add the rice and chicken broth to the vegetable pot. Season with salt, black pepper. Then mix all the ingredients.
  4. Cook the rice. Cook the rice with the lid of the pot closed for about 25-30 minutes until the rice is soft.
  5. Combine vegetables and proteins. Add the chicken and sausages to the rice cooker.
  6. Serve it with green onions.

What To Serve with Jambalaya?

Jambalaya is the main dish. You can serve this hearty meal with light and fresh flavors. It also goes well with iced tea and wine. It can be served with Sauvignon Blanc, Vouvray and Pinot Noir.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Jambalaya:

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