Spicy Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

I found this recipe in a Mr. Foods magazine and it has become a family favorite. Do use a spicy sausage for this dish as I have found using just plain pork sausage meat does not work as well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot melt butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic and saute 5 minutes stirring often.
  3. Add shrimp, chicken bay leaves and thyme. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside and the shrimp is opaque.
  4. Stir in paprika until thoroughly mixed with other ingredients.
  5. Stir in tomatoes, chicken broth, worcestershire sauce and hot sauce until well mixed.
  6. Add sausage and ham stirring well. Add crawfish (if using) and cook over medium-high heat until the liquid returns to a boil.
  7. Stir in scallions, salt and rice. Reduce heat to low, cover with lid and cook 30 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  8. Serve with fresh crusty french bread.
Most Helpful

Very nice jambalaya, more authentic than our previous "go-to". Given the choice of 1-3 teaspoons hot pepper sauce, I used 1 tsp. Tabasco sauce, and that yielded 1-alarm spice level, much to DH's liking. This recipe used my 6 1/2 quart Le Creuset pot to advantage. I saved 2 full 2-serving dinners and 1 single serving dinner (which I had counted on!). DH requested that I cut the Andouille (Aidell's pork Cajun Style Andouille) into coins in the future so he could find them and evaluate their contribution better. We love jambalaya, so I bought Spanish Jamon Serrano for its superior taste for the smoked ham; it was easily distinguishable in its 1/2" cubes. In our house this recipe was considered an act of love. We will definitely make this again! Made for I Recommend tag game based on Karen Elizabeth's review.

KateL November 07, 2013

I love jambalaya, total comfort food in one pan! I didn't use the seafood because the girls were eating, and I added the hot pepper sauce separately to our plates (DH and I), but otherwise an excellent jambalaya. I made the full amount, which guaranteed me a good lunch today and I know DH is also enjoying it at home! You just cant go wrong with jambalaya, one of the few 'exotic' dishes my mother (an unenthusiastic cook) ever mastered, possibly why I enjoy it so! Made for Family Picks, ZWT5, Jammin' Java Jivers

Karen Elizabeth June 12, 2009

Must admit that not only have I never made jambalaya but I've never tasted it before either, & the misfortune is totally my own ~ Loved the taste of this dish, & thoroughly enjoyed its preparation, too! This was one of those recipe that I followed right on down & then ended up sharing with two sets of neighbors who were wondering what all the activity was all about! EVERYONE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! The one thing I held back on (using only the minimum indicated) was the hot pepper sauce, but that's just my heat-intolerance showing! Thank you for sharing a great recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed while enjoying the Cajun atmosphere in New Orleans during ZWT5]

Sydney Mike June 03, 2009