Chicken and smoked sausage jambalaya

    1 hour 5 min

    A deliciously hearty and well-spiced dish. Rice is simmered with smoked sausage, chicken, pepper, onions, tomatoes and seasonings. It's the perfect dish to keep you warm during the winter.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons groundnut oil, divided
    • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
    • 285g smoked sausage, sliced
    • 450g boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2.5cm pieces
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1 small green pepper, diced
    • 2 stalks celery, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 400g passata
    • 1/2 teaspoon crushed chillies
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
    • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 teaspoon file powder
    • 230g uncooked white rice
    • 600ml chicken stock

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Heat 1 tablespoon of groundnut oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Season the sausage and chicken pieces with Cajun seasoning. Saute sausage until browned. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Add 1 tablespoon groundnut oil and saute chicken pieces until lightly browned on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
    2. In the same pot, saute onion, pepper, celery and garlic until tender. Stir in passata and season with crushed chillies, black pepper, salt, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce and file powder. Stir in chicken and sausage. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Stir in the rice and chicken stock. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.


    File powder is also known as sassafras leaves. It is used as a thickener. You can buy ground sassafras leaves in speciality stores or online.

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    My husband is a New Orleans native and constantly complains about people attempting to make "their cuisine". This one passed the test with flying colors! We had this two weeks ago and he is begging me to make it again!  -  23 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent!! Just used olive oil, kielbasa, no file powder, and added some shrimp during the last 7 minutes. Since I added the shrimp, I used a full 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes. Also seasoned with some thyme and fresh basil. Cooked rice separately, so skipped on the broth.  -  08 Aug 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent! All I had on hand was Italian sausage and it was wonderful. I did need to add another can of tomatoes as there wasn't enough liquid for the rice to cook. Family loved it!  -  08 Oct 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)