Authentic Jambalaya

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Even if it’s not Mardi Gras when you’re reading this, when you make this Authentic Jambalaya recipe, you’ll feel like you’re down in the French Quarter having this amazing bowl of pure goodness!

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Authentic Jambalaya recipe

Hey! Watch us make this amazing Authentic Jambalaya! Then see the recipe below.


This classic jambalaya recipe starts off with the Cajun holy trinity (plus 2): Onion, green bell pepper, celery, garlic and jalapeño.

This is what you call a very good start to something that’s going to become spectacular!

Here we go!

Authentic Jambalaya recipe

Oh, we how we love homemade jambalaya.

It’s similar to the mix of culture and tastes down Louisiana way…so vibrant and diverse and just so much flavor.

This is food that’s good for your belly, and your attitude!

Authentic Jambalaya recipe

There are several types of jambalaya; some the have shrimp/seafood, and others that don’t. Some have tomatoes, others don’t. Our favorite version, which is considered Creole-style, and is most popular in New Orleans, has ample sausage, chicken AND shrimp and tomatoes.

Oh, we have to say it again, this Authentic Jambalaya recipe is one of our all-time favorites.

And, it’s not hard to make! We promise!! You’ve just got to give this iconic dish a try. You’re going to love it!

Authentic Jambalaya recipe

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Let me tell you it doesn't get much better than this amazing Authentic Jambalaya recipe! Classic New Orleans flavor. We love using chicken, andouille sausage and shrimp. Along with the other spices and aromatics that make this a NOLA favorite. So good!
Recipe type: Cajun
Cuisine: Cajun
Serves: 8
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • l lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ lb andouille sausage, sliced into rounds
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, corred, seeded, and chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (i.e., Louisiana, Tobacco, Crystals)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 teaspoon, dried)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 28 oz. can of whole tomatoes, crushed with your hands, liquid reserved
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large heavy pot, preferably a Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat.
  4. Add the chicken pieces and saute until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from pot and cut into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
  5. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the sausage and cooked until starting to brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  7. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, jalapeño and garlic. Sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.
  8. Add the tomato paste, vinegar and hot sauce and stir to combine, about 1 minute.
  9. Add the thyme, cayenne, garlic powder, chili powder and a healthy pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
  10. Stir in the tomatoes, reserved tomato liquid, stock, bay leaves, and then rice.
  11. Cover and cook in the oven until the rice is nice and tender, about 45 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven and stir in the shrimp and cooked chicken.
  13. Return to the oven (covered) for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes.
  14. Stir with wooden spoon and then plate into warmed bowls and serve at once.
  15. Serve with additional hot sauce.
  16. Enjoy!


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