TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 220 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 675mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute the sausage, chicken, onion, celery, green pepper and garlic in butter until chicken is browned. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Stir in shrimp; cover and simmer for 4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Serve over rice if desired; or cool, cover and freeze for up to 2 months. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Jambalaya in Taste of Home April/May 2005, p47

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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carabubble User ID: 4212943 217711
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"This was great! I made a couple of changes - used Johnsonville Andouille sausage, no hot sauce because I was out of it, and only 1/8 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. We'll definitely make it again the same way except to cut back a little more on the cayenne. I made 7 cups of white rice and once both were done cooking I mixed them together in the Dutch oven and served from there. My husband and I both liked it a lot and I already know that I'm going to make it for company."

zookeeperk User ID: 819663 59972
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Made this according to the recipe.., was thinking there would be some left over to freeze... nope, none left!!"

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 120840
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"I've tried a few jambalaya recipes, none of which really appealed to me. This one, however, is excellent! I used leftover roasted chicken & left out the shrimp, as I didn't have any on hand. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. We gobbled it up! We love Cajun-style food, so I'm very pleased that I now have a jambalaya recipe to add to our dinner rotation."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 109562
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2012

"This is the best jambalaya I have ever tasted. Will definitely make again."

trobinson13 User ID: 1220156 115389
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"Totally loved this Jambalya. easy to make and delicious."

LSawyer803 User ID: 2612952 115009
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"This was the best jambalaya I have found so far. I have made several recently, all different recipes, and this is the best. Next time, the only thing I would do differently is use tomatoes with chiles instead of plain diced tomatoes.."

tswear User ID: 1822456 149344
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"LOVE IT!!! Reminds me of Po' Folks gumbo!"

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 120791
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

"great comfort food. easy to make. will make again."

bburke2k10gb User ID: 5088915 109561
Reviewed May. 26, 2011

"As Cajun food fans, this has become a fave for us! We appreciate the full, spicy flavor even diabetics can enjoy. Treat family and friends to this wonderful easy dish from the Bayou!"

jmhbartopa User ID: 1483666 59678
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"The only thing I did different was throw it all in a crockpot and added the shrimp last."

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