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Favorite Jambalaya Recipe
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Favorite Jambalaya Recipe

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This zesty jambalaya from our test kitchen trumps most ready-made jambalaya mixes. Not only does our recipe include fresh vegetables, but we also use no-salt-added diced tomatoes and our own seasonings to boost flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/4 pound smoked turkey sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups hot cooked brown rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup jambalaya with 1/2 cup rice equals 302 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 125 mg cholesterol, 450 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 27 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable 1 starch


  1. In a nonstick Dutch oven, saute the chicken, sausage, onion, green pepper and celery in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, bay leaf, Cajun seasoning, thyme, cayenne and pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add shrimp; cook 5-6 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink. Discard bay leaf. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Jambalaya in Healthy Cooking February/March 2011, p41

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"really like it...will make again"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"I added some light butter to the rice and some pamesean cheese to the Jambalaya and this made a huge difference! Before that it was a little bland. Tobasco goes well also if you like a little spice."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"I made this for my hubby and me. The dish is very tasty. Will make this again!!!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"Very filling and yummy."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"This recipe is very easy and exceptionally good!! I added a can of Rotel tomatoes. I just sent a copy to my kids. They l"

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