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Best Jamblaya Recipe

This is truly the best jambalaya recipe ever! It's seasoned to perfection with ideal proportions of chicken, sausage and shrimp. The rice is just right - never overcooked or undercooked.
4.91 from 20 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 6 people
Calories 596 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs cubed
  • ¾ pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ pound smoked sausage cut into ¼ inch slices, (traditionally Andouille)
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 cup diced canned tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning we prefer Tony Chachere's Original
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • cayenne pepper to taste, optional
  • cups converted rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley optional, for garnish


  • Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add chicken and sausage and cook, stirring, about 8-10 minutes or until chicken is done.
  • Add onions and continue cooking and stirring for about 8 minutes.
  • Add celery and cook, stirring another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring about 8 minutes.
  • Add rice, stock, tomatoes and all seasonings. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low, Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and green onions and stir. Cover. If shrimp are medium size the heat can be turned off and allowed to sit for 5 minutes, covered. If shrimp are large, allow to cook, covered for 2-3 minutes and then turn heat off and allow to sit another 2-3 minutes.
  • Before serving remove bay leaves and garnish with parsley, if desired.



If you prefer Jambalaya that is not spicy use a smoked sausage that isn't spicy (Andouille is spicy) and leave out the cayenne pepper. 


Calories: 596kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 35gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 194mgSodium: 1025mgPotassium: 753mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1290IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 3mg
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