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Seafood and Chicken Jambalaya

Virginia Willis | March 7, 2017

While jambalaya is traditionally cooked on the stovetop, this recipe’s twist of cooking the dish in the oven produces perfect rice every time.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
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  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs (about 1 ½ pounds)
  • Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups raw long-grain rice
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups homemade chicken stock, reduced-fat/low-sodium chicken broth, or water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound large (21/25 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Heat the oil in a 12 Inch Skillet over medium-high heat until simmering. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste on both sides and add to the hot oil. Cook until browned on both sides, 3-5 minutes total. Remove to a plate. 
  3. Pour off any rendered fat in the skillet and discard. Add the andouille and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat starts to brown and render fat, about 3 minutes. Add the Cajun seasoning and stir to combine. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to color, 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 45-60 seconds. Add the rice and stir to coat. Stir in the tomato sauce and stock and bring to a boil. Return the seared chicken thighs to the skillet and nestle them, without crowding, into the rice. Tuck the bay leaf into the rice. Transfer to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. 
  4. Add the shrimp and stir to combine. Continue to bake, uncovered, until the rice is tender, the shrimp are opaque, and the juices of the chicken run clear when pierced with the tip of a knife, signifying the chicken is done, about 10 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and place on an enameled trivet to cool slightly. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Spoon the jambalaya into warm serving bowls. Serve immediately.
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Contributed By: Virginia Willis
Virginia Willis is an American chef, writer, content creator, and food photographer whose work has focused on American Southern and French cuisine.


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