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Homemade Jambalaya

I first tasted this dish at a church potluck. I got the original recipe from my daughter's godfather and adapted it suit my family's tastes.—Glada Marie St. Clair, Crossville, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa or smoked Polish sausage,. cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 pound fresh or frozen uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • In a Dutch oven, saute sausage for 1 minute. Add chicken; saute 2 minutes longer. Add the celery, onion, green pepper and garlic; saute for 2 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink; stir. Let stand for 5 minutes to absorb any remaining liquid before serving. Fluff with a fork.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 464 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 1161mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • Shelby
    Feb 12, 2017

    I substituted a few things according to what I had at the house, instead of cayenne and regular tomatoes, I used a can of rotel and corn. I also cooked the rice by itself with the juice from the rotel, the W sauce, an extra cup of water, and all the seasonings. After the rice was cooked then I added it after the meats and vegetables were cooked together. It was delicious. A little mild which is perfect for kids, but I'll probably use an extra can of rotel next time for me and hubby. Delicious.

  • memeroot4
    Feb 18, 2015

    Delicious!!! I didn't have parsley, substituted cilantro instead. Also added some corn. Only used chicken and sausage, as our daughter can't eat fish. It was very good!!! Gonna add some shrimp on side for hubby next time :-)Beware of the heat, I used less then 1/4 tsp of cayenne and it was HOT!!! I ended up dumping out some of the liquid, that really helped!Next time I am going to make some corn bread with it! This is a keeper in our family!

  • pinkette
    Sep 1, 2014

    Very yummy. Disappeared very quickly. Will definitely make thus again.

  • katecrid47
    Oct 22, 2013

    I am giving this a 5 for the flavor. It was simple to put together. I made it as directed and with Kielbasa. My problem was the rice. I did just use plain white and it didn't cook well. So for that part my review would be a 3. I will still make again and try a different brand of rice. The recipe is a keeper!

  • Mrs.white2005
    May 1, 2013

    excellent, I didn't have the tomato, and added cheese!

  • netta68
    Feb 12, 2013

    I too made this with ham instead of chicken and did not put in cayenne due to my young children. Yummy!

  • Karate Momma
    Oct 13, 2012

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    Jan 24, 2012

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  • jamrad
    Mar 13, 2011

    This tasted so good, I made mine without the chicken breast and added chopped ham. Definiately going to make again!!

  • hejjr.
    Feb 18, 2011

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