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: 1 starch, 3 lean meat.


  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 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 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 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 109562
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2012

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

trobinson13 115389
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

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

LSawyer803 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 149344
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

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

Hannah0418 120791
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

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

bburke2k10gb 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 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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