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The other night I posted this little teaser pic on my Instagram…
…and got a lot of comments wanting to know what I was making! I would like to say that my inspiration for this recipe came from my Riceland tour last week but the truth is that I have been making this recipe since I was in college! It’s super yummy, super quick and easy to make, and is super budget friendly! Plus is makes a lot of food so there are always leftovers! WIN WIN WIN!!!
So what in the world is it? Well I call it Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya!! You can actually use any meat in the recipe but chicken and sausage are my faves. I have made it with shrimp before and even crab one time. One of my cajun friends told me to never mix land and water animals so I never have and it has always turned out really good.
Now I know someone is probably wondering why in the world I am calling this a jambalaya and I have wondered before if I was calling it the correct name, and I always try and call my food by the correct name, so I looked up the definition for jambalaya and all the dictionary would tell me is that it is a cajun dish with rice, meat, and veggies. I would definitely say that this recipe qualifies so jambalaya it is!!
In order to make this super quick and easy jambalaya there are a few
secret ingredients that I just have to tell you about. First of all when I sauté my chicken I use an oil instead of a butter. Recently I have been using Riceland’s Rice Bran Oil which is actually a lot better for you than my usual veggie oil. Rice Bran Oil is an extremely versatile cooking oil which can be used for frying, baking, sauteing, seasoning the grill, cooking in a wok, roasting vegetables, and pretty much anything you can think of. It also has a neutral taste, and contains vitamin E and oryzanol, which has shown to lower cholesterol. And last, but not least it has a very high smoking point so you won’t burn your food in it!
secret ingredient I use is Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning. I literally use this seasoning on everything I make. When I say I am using cajun seasoning on something this is the brand I use. I buy this stuff in bulk and always have it on hand. Trust me on this one.
And of course, the star of this dish, Riceland’s Rice ‘N Easy Spanish Rice mix. I realize there are a ton of spanish rice mixes on the market but please just trust me when I tell you that this one is the best. And I have tried a lot of spanish rice mixes in my day so I know what I’m talking about.
Also- a lot of people use these mixes strictly as a side dish but I find that they make pretty fabulous main dishes as well. They come in a variety of flavors so keep checking the blog for more recipes to come soon!!
For the stewed tomatoes I prefer the Italian blend because they are seasoned with garlic and oregano. For the sausage I prefer keilbasa. These choices are all about my personal preference so use whatever you like!!
The full recipe is below so be sure and check that out. As for me, I will be off stuffing my face with this yummy jambalaya until it’s all gone! YUM!!
Have you tried Riceland’s Rice ‘N Easy rice mixes??
Have you ever made your own jambalaya??
- 2 boxes Spanish Rice Rice 'N Easy
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 TBS rice bran oil
- 1 lb kielbasa sausage
- 2 cans stewed italian tomatoes
- 2 TBS cajun seasoning
- Chop chicken into bite size pieces and put into a large stockpot with a tablespoon of oil and sauté until done.
- Chop up the kielbasa sausage and add it to the chicken in the stockpot.
- Add in the two cans of stewed tomatoes, the Rice 'N Easy Spanish Rice mix, and the cajun seasoning. Also add in the water as directed on the Rice 'N Easy box.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, cover it, and bring it down to a simmer and let it simmer for 13 minutes.
- Take off the heat and let it sit for another 2-3 minutes to let the liquid absorb a little.
Jennifer Van Huss says
That looks delicious!! I have never made jamnalaya before! I will have to give this a try!!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
That sounds so good! I love to make jambalaya when the weather starts to get cold. I can’t wait to make this one!
Kelly Hutchinson says
My husband would eat this in one sitting! I have never made it, but I think this would be an easy recipe to make.
Lori Vachon says
What a flavorful dish, exactly what my family loves! And easy enough to prepare during the week, gotta love that!
Shannon Gurnee says
I love Jambalaya! I would love to try making this recipe for the family sometime. Thanks for sharing.
I love having jambalaya! It’s always so great. Your recipe is a bit different then the way I have mine. I’ll have to give yours a try next.
That looks delicious! I am all about the rice dishes :) I have been wanting to tackle jambalaya.
Ann Bacciaglia says
This recipe looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some this week for dinner. I bet it smells amazing.
We haven’t tried eating something like this before but looks yummy. Can’t wait to try it!
Kendall Rayburn says
Oh man this looks SO yummy! I love any spicy rice dish, so I need to make this for dinner soon!
Christy Garrett says
We love Jambalaya. I usually make it with sausage and sometimes I add corn too. I will have to add some chicken next time.
Lori Felix says
Your Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya looks delicious and perfect for these cool fall nights. I can’t wait to make and try out this recipe.
I love doing this. It’s such a quick and easy dish that’s loaded with flavor. My wife would prefer it with shrimp, but that’s a no go for me
Chubskulit Rose says
Hmmnn that looks super delicious. I have never teied making jambalaya dish. I love anything with rice.
The Cubicle Chick says
I love jambalaya. I think I’m going to try this with cauliflower rice instead rice. – Yolonda