17 Jan

Awhile back, my husband got enthralled with the show “Swamp People” awhile back. I would occasionally peer over to see what it was he was so interested in, but mostly I just let him tell me about it. Apparently, sometimes the “swamp people” would also cook things. One episode, they must have referred to “Jambalaya” or something, because Tom started asking about it. I explained how it’s a Cajun dish and it generally has shrimp and beef and chicken and rice in it with a nice smattering of vegetables. Ever since that day, it’s come up in conversation now and again with Tom always being curious how it tasted. On a whim, he requested to make jambalaya today. Well, I don’t usually keep frozen shrimp on hand or fresh for that matter, so I made a jambalaya without it. Let me tell you though, it turned out beautiful! Tom loved it so much, he had threeΒ bowl-fulls!Β 


  • 2 c uncooked rice
  • 4 c water
  • 1/8 c turmeric
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 lbs boiled chicken
  • 1 lb boiled sausage (mild or hot)
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 4 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 c flour
  • 14 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp thyme
In a medium pot, fill halfway with water, and bring to a boil. Add chicken, and let boil. In another medium pot, fill with water and bring sausage to a boil. In the meantime, dice onions and celery. When sausage is cooked thoroughly, remove from pot, and remove skin from sausage. Dice sausage. Set aside.
In a third pot, measure out four cups of water. Add 2 cups of white rice. Add turmeric. Bring to boil, and then reduce to a simmer.
Return to your boiling chicken, check for doneness and meat falling off the bone. Remove from boiling water, and debone chicken. Reserve chicken stock.
In a frying pan, brown the chicken and sausage in 1 tbs of olive oil. Add celery and onions, when onions become translucent, sprinkle with flour and cook two more minutes. Then, add diced tomatoes and juice, chicken stock, cumin, chili, cayenne, bay leaf and Worcestershire. Bring to a boil.
Ladle broth into a bowl and top with a scoop of rice. Enjoy!

Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Chicken, Main Dish, Meat, Onions, Pork, Rice, Vegetable


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15 responses to “Jambalaya

  1. Gems

    January 17, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Ooh! That looks delicious! I will give it a try. I’ll even add the green pepper for thekalechronicles!
    Thanks for following….:)

  2. Edwina Parker

    January 18, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Yum! I’m a huge fan of jambalaya and your recipe is a really good one. Thanks for the follow, I’m glad I found your blog.

  3. Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee

    January 18, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Looks fabulous!! I love Cajun food.

  4. moreplants

    January 18, 2012 at 12:35 am

    That looks great without the shrimp. I like cajun seasonings, but I’m not a huge shellfish fan. Might have to try this.

  5. Aimee@clevermuffin

    January 18, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I like this! It looks like great comfort food… nice to snuggle up on the couch with on a cold night.

  6. Dianne Capoccia

    January 18, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Looks very yummy πŸ˜‰ remember when I would make it w/ shrimp and spaghetti?

    • Melodie

      January 18, 2012 at 1:29 am

      i do remember πŸ™‚

  7. AndreaSomething

    January 18, 2012 at 1:44 am

    This looks delicious. I’m definitely making it this weekend!

  8. thesweetkitten

    January 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I know what I am going to cook on Saturday πŸ™‚

  9. livinggolden

    January 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    This looks very deilicious.

  10. Kimberly Coleman

    January 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Melodie, sounds like our husbands would get along. Matt loves the show Swamp People too! πŸ™‚
    Your blog is looking really good. What kind of camera are you using?

  11. hottandtight

    January 21, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Wow this looks great! I must try!

  12. Jenny

    January 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    wow, that looks so yummy! Easy to make too…so right up my alley πŸ™‚

  13. Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy

    January 31, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Oh wow, this looks delish! some of my favorite ingredients….

  14. Karen

    March 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I just made gumbo…next time jambalaya. Great photos and recipe.


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