Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Three years ago, I went on a hunt for a jambalaya recipe. So many to choose from. Here's another one to choose from now. : ) This doubles easily and freezes well. I made this again last night to see if it was as good as I remembered. Verdict: Most Definitely!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepot, combine the chicken, water, quartered onion, quartered celery, sliced garlic, 1 t salt and reserved shrimp shells.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat and cook (partially covered) until the chicken is cooked, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the chicken from the cooking liquid.
  4. Drain and reserve the cooking liquid, discarding the solids.
  5. (At this point, I place cheesecloth over my fine mesh strainer and pour the strained liquid through. Now all the teeny particles are strained as well and you have a beautifully clear stock!) Add enough water to the reserved cooking liquid to make 4 cups.
  6. Remove and discard the chicken bones.
  7. Coarsely chop the breast meat and set it aside.
  8. (I put it in the bowl with the shrimp in the refrigerator. Why dirty two bowls?) Heat the oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven.
  9. Add the sausage and cook over medium heat until lightly browned.
  10. Add all the chopped veggies and the garlic and saute' until crisp tender.
  11. Then add the Worcestershire, salt, cayenne, and thyme.
  12. (If your thyme has been in your cupboard for awhile, it wouldn't hurt to use 1/2 tsp instead of 1/4 tsp).
  13. Bring to a simmer.
  14. Stir in the rice and return to a simmer.
  15. Cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer over low heat until the rice has absorbed all the liquid, about 25 minutes.
  16. (I check and give it a stir every so often. Also at this time, I take the chicken and shrimp out of the fridge to take the chill off them.) Once the liquid is absorbed, remove from heat.
  17. Stir in the reserved shrimp and chicken.
  18. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.


Most Helpful

Excellent! Flavors are complex and interesting. Best I've tasted. A lot of ingredients, and some preparation, but it does freeze well, so make a double batch and freeze. Servings are GENEROUS - a double recipe gave me 3 meals for 4, plus a couple of lunches.

dianegrapegrower December 30, 2003

I made this last night, DH and I both enjoyed it very much. I too have been searching for a Jambalaya recipe. So I actually used your recipe as a base and intermixed it with two other Jambalaya recipes. First I cooked my shrimp in a liquid of 6 cups water and 4 Knorr shrimp flavored bouillon cubes. Cool shrimp and peel, putting the shrimp shells into the broth, boil down till reduced to 4 cups, save. In a 5 quart cast iron Dutch oven I added oil and browned Andlouille, removed and added chicken, boneless,skinless, cut in to cubes and browned. Remove chicken and add to pot onion, 1 cup of diced celery and 1 cup of diced green pepper, I also increased the garlic to a heaping tablespoon, minced fine. At that point I added the seasoniing increasing the thyme as you suggested. Mixed pot up well, added the rice mixed again and let it saute a minute and then added the tomatoes, again adding about a half a can more and approx half a can of tomatoe paste. I strained the broth as you suggested and added that to the pot along with the browned Andouille. Brought it up to a boil, put a lid on, reduce to a simmer and cooked approx 20 minutes. Then I mixed in the shrimp, chicken and 1/4 cup minced parsley. Finally chopped scallions garnished our bowls. Delicious! Made a huge pot, planning to freeze and when reheated will add some oysters and their liquor for a truly New Orleans experience. Thanks again for the inspiration. Leslie

Nana Chickens November 03, 2006

This was very tasty, but DH and I did not care for the texture after freezing, especially the andouille. Might try it again without freezing. Thank you, GinnyP.

Gadget_Queen September 09, 2005

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