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Spicy New Orleans Jambalaya.
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Spicy New Orleans Jambalaya

Nothing speaks classic New Orleans cuisine like Spicy New Orleans Jambalaya. Laizzez les bons temps rouler with this delicious one-pot meal that's perfect for Mardi Gras. It combines rice, shrimp, chicken, and andouille sausage in a spicy tomato sauce enhanced by the holy trinity.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Southern
Servings: 8
Calories: 334kcal


  • 1 Tablespoon Creole seasoning, divided
  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined medium shrimp (about 2 cups) (See Tip 1)
  • 12 ounces skinless and boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups) (See Tip 2)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces andouille sausage (about 2 cups sliced)
  • 1-½ cups long-grain white rice, rinsed (See Tip 3)
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Minced parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Combine shrimp and ½ tablespoon of Creole seasoning in a small bowl; combine chicken and remaining ½ tablespoon of Creole seasoning in another small bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add shrimp; cook for 3 minutes or until shrimp starts to turn pink. Remove from pan; shrimp will not be fully cooked at this point.
  • Add onions, celery and bell pepper to Dutch oven. Sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add chicken that has been mixed with Creole seasonings. Cook 5 minutes. Add andouille sausage; stir to combine. Cook mixture for 2 to 3 additional minutes.
  • Add rice; stir to combine. Add diced tomatoes, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium low; cover pan and cook for 15 minutes. Add shrimp; cover pan and cook for 10 additional minutes, or until rice is done and liquid has been absorbed. If necessary add additional broth.
  • Add hot sauce to taste if desired. Correct seasonings.
  • Garnish with minced parsley if desired.
  • Yield: 8 servings. (See Tip 4)


  1. I used fresh Gulf shrimp. However, you could also use frozen shrimp in this recipe. Alternatively, you could omit the shrimp.
  2. Chicken breasts could be substituted for the chicken thighs.
  3. It's best not to use a short-grain rice in this recipe. The reason is that the short-grain rice tends to become mushy.
  4. Leftovers, if any can be stored, covered in the refrigerator for several days.


Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 1254mg | Potassium: 576mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 23.2mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2.6mg