Jambalaya Rice Recipes
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Jambalaya recipe made with chicken and spicy sausage and your choice of vegetables. A favourite family recipe for more than 15 years
When the children have grown up and left home, these are the meals they request when they return for the weekend. It gives them the warm cuddly feeling of home and nostalgia. They may even want their partner to the food, literally giving them a taste of their past.
Sort Of Jambalaya
This recipe is from Julia, who describes herself as a Mother to three meat loving, fussy eating boys in East Devon
Jambalaya originates from the Caribbean and is a dish made from meat, vegetables and rice. It is cooked in a similar way to paella – showing its Spanish influences.
This is a one pot recipe – something I always appreciate. After a short preparation time, this can be left to cook itself. The recipe can even be adapted it to what you have in your cupboards and fridge.
Favourite Rice Recipe
Here is my recipe for Sort of Jambalaya. I’ve been making it for about 15 years and it works really well and is good for using up veg or meat left in the fridge but also using a good amount of store cupboard ingredients.
It’s really good for those meat-lovers (all my family except me!). The main meat ingredients can be swapped for others like lamb, beef or pork. Vegetables can be swapped for anything like other peppers, carrots, courgettes, celery, anything “Mediterranean” ie not too stodgy. You can omit the meat, but the spicy sausage does add a nice tang. Dwarf beans can be expensive, so I often use courgettes and carrots instead.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes
- 3-4 chicken breasts
- 2 Pepperami Salami sausages or other spiced sausage
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 large onion
- 1 red pepper
- 1 green pepper
- 1 packet dwarf beans or 1 large carrot and 1 large courgette
- 400g /14oz tin of chopped tomatoes (or unchopped and chop them yourself)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot)
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 beef stock cube
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 170g / 6oz long grain or basmati rice
- Prep time: about 10 mins
- Cooking time 45 mins but most of that you can leave it to cook.
- Chop the chicken breasts
- Heat the oil in a large pan
- Add the chopped chicken and fry for about 5 mins on high
- Peel and slice the onion
- De-seed and chop the pepper
- Chop the beans (or courgette) and peel and slice the carrot (if using)
- Add the vegetables to the pot.
- Next add the tin of tomatoes, garlic, cayenne, thyme, stock cube, pepperami/spicy sausage and cook for a few mins.
- Put in the rice and stir in enough boiling water to cover all the ingredients.
- Bring to the boil, then turn heat down on simmer for about 10 mins with a lid on stirring occasionally to make sure the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Turn the heat off, cover and leave on hob for about 20-30 mins or until the rice is cooked.
- Top up with boiling water as required.
- Stir once or twice before serving.
- The consistency should be similar to risotto, but not too wet.
Sandra Ridley says
Hi Can you help… My husband cannot take salt in any of his food, consequently i find it sometimes a bit bland. Can you suggest anything that will help… Thanks Sandra