- 1 pound (450g) chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 pound (450g) Andouille sausage, sliced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (adjust to taste)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the Andouille sausage over medium-high heat until it turns golden brown. Remove the sausage from the pot and set it aside.
In the same pot, add the chicken pieces and cook until they're nicely browned. Remove the chicken and set it aside with the sausage.
In the flavorful remnants left in the pot, sauté the diced onion, green bell pepper, celery, and minced garlic until they become tender and fragrant.
Add the diced tomatoes (with their juice) to the pot and stir well, allowing the flavors to mingle.
Return the cooked chicken and Andouille sausage to the pot, mixing them in with the vegetables.
Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Add the rice, Cajun seasoning, dried thyme, dried oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper (if desired), salt, and black pepper. Give it a good stir to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the jambalaya simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and has absorbed the flavors. Give it an occasional stir to prevent sticking.
Taste the jambalaya and adjust the seasoning if needed. Add more Cajun seasoning, salt, or cayenne pepper to suit your personal preferences.
Serve the piping hot Cajun Jambalaya in bowls, garnished with a generous sprinkle of fresh parsley. This flavorful dish pairs beautifully with cornbread or crusty French bread.
Get ready to savor every spoonful of this Cajun Country Jambalaya Joyride—a dish that celebrates the essence of Louisiana's culinary heritage. Let the zesty spices, tender chicken, and smoky Andouille sausage transport you to the soulful heartland of Cajun Country, where every bite is a celebration of flavor and community. Enjoy the ride!