Cajun Harmony: Chicken Jambalaya


Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Louisiana with our Cajun Harmony: Chicken Jambalaya. This one-pot wonder is packed with bold Cajun flavors, tender chicken, and a medley of aromatic vegetables and spices. It's a comforting, hearty dish that's perfect for any occasion!

Cajun Harmony: Chicken Jambalaya

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: Approximately 1.5 cups

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 700mg
  • Fiber: 3g


  • Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless): 600g (1.32 lbs or 21 oz)
  • Long Grain Rice: 300g (10.6 oz)
  • Onion: 1 large (200g or 7 oz)
  • Bell Peppers (mixed colors): 300g (10.6 oz)
  • Celery: 100g (3.5 oz)
  • Garlic: 3 cloves
  • Canned Tomatoes: 400g (14 oz)
  • Chicken Stock: 750ml (26.4 oz)
  • Cajun Seasoning: 2 tbsp
  • Olive Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Andouille Sausage: 200g (7 oz)
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste
  • Green Onions and Parsley: For garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. Sauté Vegetables: In a large pot, heat oil. Sauté onion, bell peppers, celery, and garlic until soft.
  2. Cook Chicken and Sausage: Add diced chicken and sliced sausage. Cook until chicken is browned.
  3. Add Rice and Tomatoes: Stir in rice, canned tomatoes, and Cajun seasoning. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Simmer: Pour in chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  5. Finish and Serve: Fluff rice, adjust seasoning. Garnish with chopped green onions and parsley.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a heavy-bottomed pot to prevent rice from sticking.
  • Adjust the Cajun seasoning to suit your spice preference.
  • Add shrimp in the last 10 minutes of cooking for an extra layer of flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I substitute the chicken with another protein? Absolutely! Shrimp or even tofu can be great substitutes.
  • How do I know when the jambalaya is done? The rice should be tender and most of the liquid absorbed.
  • Can I make it vegetarian? Yes, use vegetable stock and replace meats with beans or extra vegetables.