Jambalaya Recipe

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serves:

6

Skill:

easy

Prep:

30 min

Cooking:

40 min
(optional):

Nutrition per portion

RDA
Calories 424 kCal 21%
Fat 13g 19%
  -  Saturates 4g 20%
Carbohydrates 44g 21%

Jambalaya is a delicious heady mix of smoked sausage, sweet prawns and the fiery kick of chilli. Originally from Louisiana, this deep-South dish has Spanish influences and a really moreish flavour. Usually cooked on a hob, we’ve gone for an oven-cooked alternative to leave you with more free time away from the cooker. If you prefer you can make this without the chicken or prawns, depending on your preference. All three options together make a fairly luxurious treat, which means this dish is perfect for impressing friends with. Served up simply with crusty bread or a big green salad it’s a delicious crowd-pleasing dinner. We also love this dish the next day, packed up into boxes for lunch – it’s just as delicious cold as it is hot. And the great thing about a recipe like this, which uses Tabasco, is that everyone can tailor the spice levels to their own preference if you just pop a bottle of the chilli sauce on the table for everyone to help themselves to.

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 6 chicken thighs, chopped
  • 125g smoked sausage or chorizo, sliced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large sprig thyme
  • 1½ tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 300g long grain rice
  • 400g can plum tomato
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 180g raw prawns
  • Tabasco, to taste

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C, Gas 4. In a large ovenproof dish heat the oil over a medium heat and sauté the chicken thighs and sausage until just brown. Add the onion, peppers, celery and garlic and sauté for five minutes more, until soft.

  • Stir through the remaining ingredients, except the prawns and tobacco.

  • Cover and bake for 35 mins, until the rice is cooked. Add the prawns and Tobacco to taste. Cover and bake for five minute more, until the prawns are pink.

  • Serve with a green salad or crusty bread.

Top Tip

For an authentic taste look for Andouille sausages

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