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

This was a great recipe. Spicy and delicious. It took more time to prep than I expected. I used a hot and spicy sausage that wasn't cooked yet. I also added lime to the recipe which made it even better. I added some Cajun seasoning and cayenne to the chicken to flavor if more. Yummy!!

Tina A. June 21, 2016

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 06, 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

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