Chicken Jambalaya

Recipe compliments of Star Clippers Cruise Line!

courtesy of Star Clippers Cruise Line

If you didn’t know, Jambalaya is quite a popular Louisiana origin dish of combined origins: Spanish, French, & West African influence, mostly meat & vegetables with rice. Typically, the meat includes sausage of some sort, usually a smoked meat such as andouille, as well as with pork or chicken and seafood, such as crawfish or shrimp. It’s hearty, tasty & easy!

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into bite-size pieces)
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound Andouille sausage (sliced to bite-size pieces)
1/2 onion diced
2 stalks celery diced
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic minced
1 can 14.5 ounces crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup white rice

Photo Courtesy of Star Clippers Cruise Line

1. Season chicken pieces with 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning; heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet; add chicken to the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes until browned; transfer chicken to a plate.
2. Heat another tablespoon of oil in the skillet; add sausage, cook until browned; transfer sausage to the plate with the chicken.
3. Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in the skillet; add onion, celery, and bell pepper; season with salt and pepper, and sauté until softened; add garlic and cook for another minute.
4. Stir in crushed tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning, oregano, chicken broth, and rice; bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer; cover pan and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the liquid has absorbed; stir in chicken and sausage and cook until heated through.
5. Stir the jambalaya; season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

This dish has a nice heat but isn’t super spicy. To heat things up, you can add one or two jalapeños or cayenne at the end.

Enjoy! See the original recipe, courtesy of Star Clippers Cruise Line, by clicking HERE.

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