Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken and sausage jambalaya; with shrimp and rice, it’s a perfect triumvirate in a deliciously zesty tomato sauce. Nothing personifies the cultural diaspora of the Caribbean quite like it; the west African, the Spanish, the French. All stewed up in tomato and rice and served with a fresh hunk of bread, it is comfort food on steroids.

I’ve had jambalaya many times and ways; ranging from excellent to mediocre to downright disappointing. There are a few hallmarks of a good one; the first among them is reverence. Yes, thats right: reverence.

When making a dish that is so simple in its makeup, but so elaborate in its flavour profiles, believe me: the more respect you have for it, the better it will taste. By that, I mean don’t skimp on the spices.

There are a few tips I wish to impart to you here, friends. Let’s start with the basics.

Stock: One of the things I didn’t mention in the recipe here is, aside from my fervent assertion to make and use your own stocks, is how to make a perfectly tailored stock for this dish.

If you have occasion to get your sausage raw and your shrimp unpeeled and raw, you’re in luck. What I did before the camera started rolling was quickly boil the sausage (for about 10-15 minutes). “Better still, boil that sausage in stock”, says my inner saucier…. While that was happening, I peeled the shrimp and saved the shells and tails. The boiling sausage water then got the raw shrimp dipped in it for a minute, just long enough to impart some flavour. Once the shrimp is blanched and removed, I added the shrimp shells and the trim from the onion and celery (along with the other basic trim scraps that make for a good stock; see the pro-tip on my page).

With a sausage and shrimp stock, chicken and sausage jambalaya gets a rich and flavourful broth that makes all the flavours so much stronger.

Give it a whirl; you’ll see what I mean.

Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Prawns, chicken and sausage stewed in a spicy tomato rice.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, cajun, Caribbean
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

  • Sauce pot or large frying pan

Ingredients
  

The trinity…..

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 whole bell pepper diced

The rest of the players….

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 whole chili peppers (or 1 jalapeno) diced
  • 1 28oz tin diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups stock chicken is ideal, but veggie stock works, too.
  • 1 lb sausage (andouille or chorizo) sliced
  • 1/2 lb shrimp
  • 6-8 oz chicken (light or dark meat, doesnt matter) diced
  • 1 cup okra chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup rice

The seasonings….

  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbsp cajun spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 whole bay leaves

Instructions
 

  • Heat up your pan and give it a touch of oil (not much, just about a Tbsp).
  • Once that's good and hot, lay in the salt, pepper and the trinity in and give it a good few minutes of stirring until it starts to sweat (roughly 5 minutes, give or take a bit)
  • Add the chicken, okra, garlic, chilies and seasonings. move it around until the chicken is just about fully cooked…
  • Pour in the diced tomatoes, rice, sausage and stock. Stir it all until evenly mixed. Once it comes to a boil, pull the heat down to a simmer and let it brew for about an hour or two until the rice is tender and the liquid is reduced/absorbed by the rice.
  • Once the rice is soft, add the shrimp and let it simmer another few minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let stand for a couple minutes; ladle into your favorite bowl and enjoy.

Video

Keyword Cajun, dairy free, gluten free

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