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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Easy One Pan Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Easy One Pan Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya is one of my boys favorite dishes, so when this tasty dinner was on the table last night they were very happy! I served it with some garlic bread and a side salad for a great meal....and since today is Mardi Gras...this one pot meal would be a perfect way to celebrate!

Easy One Pan Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya in white bowl, close up


My family has a love affair with New Orleans and it's cuisine. It's one of our top 3 places to visit. So naturally, I'm interested in recreating flavors from the Big Easy in my Ohio kitchen!

Easy One Pan Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya is one of those recipe recreations. It's become a tradition to enjoy a pan of it on Fat Tuesday each year. However, this simple and tasty one pot meal is suitable for any day of the year!

Easy One Pan Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya chicken in pan

Pan Fried Chicken Breasts first!



Whenever I make any kind of one pot dish that requires browned chicken pieces, more often than not, I pan fry the chicken breast whole. I do this because I find you can have better control over the chicken without overcooking it, leaving it moist and tender.

This method also eliminates cutting up raw chicken, which is always plus in my books!  Once the chicken is just about done, I transfer it to a warm oven to cook through and then when I am ready to add it back to the dish, I slice it up or dice it up and add it in at the end.

That is exactly how I made the chicken in this dish.  Try it sometime...you will be amazed at the difference. 

Easy One Pan Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya chicken cut up close up

You can see how moist and tender this chicken stayed.  It gets added back into the dish just before serving....

Easy One Pan Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya vegetables sauteing in pan


How to make Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya



Once the chicken is browned, all the diced up vegetables are added along with some spice...

Next the rice, tomatoes, and chicken broth are added...if you can, try to buy the no added salt canned tomatoes to help decrease the overall sodium in this dish, as well as low sodium chicken broth...

The dish is covered, simmered for about 20 minutes, and then the meats are added...and voila!

For added kick, I usually add liberal amounts of this hot sauce...

Easy One Pan Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya hot sauce bottle

But that is up to you!

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya in a white bowl with bread








Easy Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya Recipe, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, one pot jambalaya
Main Course
Cajun, Creole
Yield: 6 servings

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

prep time: 10 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 40 mins
Easy One Pan Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya is a great one pot meal with chicken, sausage, rice and Cajun and Creole flavors and it's the perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras!

ingredients:

  • 12 oz. uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tsp. Cajun/Creole seasoning, divided (I use Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice ( I used Texmati Light Brown Long Grain)
  • 4 cups low sodium, fat free chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz. canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 oz. fully cooked turkey smoked sausage, sliced into rounds ( I used Hillshire Farms brand)
  • Hot sauce, to taste, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste

instructions:

  1. Heat nonstick skillet with olive oil over med high heat. Season chicken breasts with 2 tsp. cajun seasoning, and salt and black pepper. Cook chicken in hot skillet until browned on each side, but not necessarily done all the way through. Transfer the chicken to a warm oven to continue cooking through while you prepare the rest of the dish. (NOTE: at this point, you can also brown up the sausage and set aside to add back in later. I don't do this step, because I like it to have a softer texture.) 
  2. To same skillet you removed the chicken from, add in the onion, green and red peppers, and celery. Sprinkle on the remaining 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning, thyme ( and salt and pepper, if you desire). Cook for about 5 - 6 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften. Add in the garlic, cook for another few minutes.
  3. Next add in the uncooked rice. Allow it to saute a little bit with the vegetables. ( 1 - 2 minutes ) Add in the canned tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to boil, cover, and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. Take the chicken out of the oven and slice or dice as desired. Once the rice and vegetables are done, add in the chicken and the sausage. Stir and continue to heat briefly until the sausage is warm. (I took the pan off the heat and just let the heat of the rice and vegetables heat up the sausage) Season with hot sauce and adjust salt and pepper, if desired.

NOTES:

Nutritional information is an estimate
calories
270
fat (grams)
6
carbs (grams)
32
protein (grams)
21
Created using The Recipes Generator




Pin Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya to your Mardi Gras Pinterest boards!

Easy One Pan Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya pin for Pinterest


Another great Mardi Gras recipe to make is this authentic New Orleans bread pudding.  It's unique in that it uses canned fruit that gives it the most wonderful flavor and texture.



More Mardi Gras inspired recipes to love


So with that I leave you with these words:
"Laissez les bon temps rouler!"


11 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic! There is something about the smell of veggies cooking that is just amazing.

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  2. Yum! It looks so thick and hearty! I looove jambalaya and love that there's so many ways to make is great - it's kind of like chili in that sense and that could be why I adore it so :)

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  3. Oh, this looks so good! Another winner! Laissez les bon temps rouler, indeed!

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  4. Great tips for the chicken! I hate when chicken gets overcooked.

    I finally remembered to bring the sweet & spicy tea to work - enjoying a cup right now - its delicious! Thanks again. :D

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  5. That's a great looking jambalaya! That is a good tip for grilling the chicken breats ahead of time.

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  6. Yum this looks great, we love jambalaya in our house. Thanks for sharing, great looking recipe :)

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  7. This sounds just incredible-love how healthy it is too!

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  8. Renee, this jambalaya you made looks mouthwatering! Amazing recipe. Thanks for sharing. You have a very nice blog and I'm so glad to have found you!

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