Weeknight Jambalaya Recipe
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Weeknight Jambalaya Recipe

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This is a great way to use up leftovers. You can mix and match any or all the meats. Feel free to leave out what you don't like and adjust the chilies and cayenne to taste. —Debra Marshall, Park Falls, Wisconsin
Recommended: Top 10 Quick Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1/4 pound smoked turkey sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1/4 pound cubed fully cooked lean ham
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green chilies
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 286 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 815mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, brown chicken in 1-1/2 teaspoons oil. Add sausage and ham; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until browned and chicken is no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.
  2. In the same pan, saute the onion, green pepper and celery in remaining oil until tender. Add chilies and garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, water, tomato paste, Cajun seasoning and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in shrimp and reserved chicken mixture; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Weeknight Jambalaya in Healthy Cooking August/September 2008, p21

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webmom3 User ID: 766080 100544
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"Very easy and Yummy! Everyone really liked it. I made it for Super Bowl yesterday, in honor of the New Orleans Saints... and will definately make it again!"

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