How to Make Cajun Jambalaya
Cajun Jambalaya with chicken and sausage by Beryl Stokes at Cajun Cooking TV. A great Cajun jambalaya recipe does not have to come from a box, a bag or a frozen dinner.
This essential Acadian (Cajun) dish is an unfussy and wholesome meal that is considered by some as the comfort food of the South. Jambalaya, a dish mostly associated with the Deep South of Louisiana, is one of the most popular Cajun dishes there is.
There is even a Jambalaya Festival held in Gonzales, Louisiana every Memorial Day weekend since 1967. The Jambalaya Festival celebrates the Cajun traditional cooking, plus the joie de vie (joy of life). What would a festival be without a cooking championship?
Traditional Cajun Jambalaya contains the main ingredient – rice. Then add seasoning vegetables and a variety of other meats like: chicken, pork, ham, sausage, shrimp, crawfish, oysters, etc.
One key difference in Jambalaya and Gumbo is that the rice is cooked in with the meat rather than a sauce poured over rice. Think of the Spanish version of Paella.
Got a party or tailgating to do? It’s quite common to see a giant cast iron pot of Cajun Jambalaya at social events and gatherings. I’ve been to so many wedding receptions where the main dish served was Jambalaya. Often we see organizations trying to raise funds by selling Jambalaya plates.
Cajun Jambalaya is a great and economical way to feed a crowd or large group of people. It’s a complete meal all in one pot. There’s even a chain of restaurants in the area called The Jambalaya Shoppe. Guess what their main dish is? Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya.
How to make Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya from the Cajun Recipes at Cajun Cooking TV is easy and simple cooking.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours
Yield: 8-10 people
Cajun Jambalaya Ingredients
1 whole fresh chicken cut up (boiled for 1 hour and then the meat pulled from the bones)
1 pound smoked sausage (1/4 in. slices)
4 cups long grain white rice
7 cups chicken stock
1 (12 ounce) package Seasoning Blend (or 2 cups of Cajun Trinity)
Tony’s Creole Seasoning
1/2 bunch fresh parsley
1 punch chopped green onions
1/8 cup canola oil
Cajun Jambalaya Essentials
8-10 quart cast iron or non-stick pot
Begin by heating oil in a cast iron pot on medium heat.
Brown sausage until brown on both sides.
Add in the chicken and Seasoning Blend.
Cook for 5-10 minutes.
Pour in 7 cups chicken stock and bring to a boil.
Season with salt and Tony’s Creole Seasoning – 1 teaspoon each. A little more if you like it spicy. Just be careful in case the sausage is already spicy.
Add the green onions and parsley.
Let boil 10-15 minutes to develop flavor.
Add in 4 cups rice. Stir well to blend all ingredients.
Cover tightly and reduce heat to low – #2 or #3 on my stove.
Cook for 15 minutes exactly. It is critical to not remove the lid until time.
At the 15 minute mark, remove the lid and use a flat spatula to lift the rice off the bottom in a few spots. Be careful not to actually stir.
Put the lid back on and cook another 15 minutes.
Turn off the heat and remove pot from burner to prevent it from continuing to cook.
Cajun Jambalaya Serving Suggestions
Serve in a bowl garnished with chopped green onions and parsley. Often served with white beans and/or a mixed greens salad and hot rolls.
“O Jambalaya, a crawfish pie, and file’ Gumbo. Tonight I’m gonna see ma’Cher ami o…. We gonna have fun on the bayou.”
Category: Cajun Recipes