Chicken & chorizo jambalaya

Chicken & chorizo jambalaya

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins

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Serves 4

A Cajun-inspired rice pot recipe with spicy Spanish sausage, sweet peppers and tomatoes

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 75g chorizo, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 250g long grain rice
  • 400g can plum tomatoes
  • 350ml chicken stock

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  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan with a lid and brown the chicken for 5-8 mins until golden. Remove and set aside. Tip in the onion and cook for 3-4 mins until soft. Then add the pepper, garlic, chorizo and Cajun seasoning, and cook for 5 mins more.
  2. Stir the chicken back in with the rice, add the tomatoes and stock. Cover and simmer for 20-25 mins until the rice is tender.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2011

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Scotty P's picture

Very tasty used spicy chorizo to give extra zing and added a little more chicken and chorizo than suggested.

greggo777's picture

Great flavours and easy to make. A bit more stock and this would have been perfect. Will definitely try this again soon.

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sausage21's picture

I added some smoked hot paprika and it really gave it a kick . Delish

Danzini's picture

I've cooked this twice now and will definitely be cooking it again. So simple to cook and delicious and tasty. I added more chorizo, more Cajun seasoning and added chilli for a real spicy kick. I used a mixture of long grain and wild rice and at the same time added a tin of cannellini beans which went really well with the dish. This recipe is a keeper! Can't seem to rate but defo 5 STAR! *****

deehoops's picture
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As did other posters, I added extra chorizo (120g) and I also added two sticks of very finely diced celery which is traditional for creole jambalaya. And because we like quite a kick to our food I used Schwartz extra hot cajun seasoning. Delish!

ladyskirlie's picture

Yum yum this is fab. Definitely benefits from more chorizo - I put in 100g. My daughter added a bit of soured cream to cool it down but admitted it was very tasty without it. Will try it with added prawns next time. Oh and I used basmati too instead of long grain rice.

els442's picture
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Brilliant recipe. Mid-week staple in my house!

hermione123's picture
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As a mum of two I am desperate to stop using processed food and start to make meals from scratch and this was a fab meal to start with - simple to make and looked and tasted fab. Thumbs up from all the family

waterfrets's picture

Brilliant mid week supper & will definitely put in my favorites file. l did make a few changes having read others views. l added an extra chicken breast, 100g chorizo & more stock. Perfect!

saraheoliver's picture
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Great one-pot dish. We find it a bit rice-heavy so we use half the rice, 2 onions, 1 1/2 peppers and 2 tins of tomatoes to "veg" it up a bit. With extra tomatoes you need less stock.

looney's picture
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This recipe is nice and I will make it again but will try a bit more spice next time. I used leftover chicken from yesterday's roast and as suggested by others, I added more stock to a total of 500ml. The Cajun mix I made was a combination of Paprika, Corriander and Cumin. Next time I will add Cayene Pepper or fresh chillis I think. Not a bad recipe and really quick.

porridge93's picture

I found that I need to use about 500g of rice for 4 people instead of the suggested 250g but I used an Uncle Ben's packet rice so maybe that made a difference... Prawns make a good alternative to the chicken too. The jambalaya tastes just as good cold the next day swell!

hanni99uk's picture

Lovely ! Used double the stock

sueldoc's picture

Great recipe but I agree with others that you need to double the stock. Also do not stir or uncover whilst simmering.

jamesgss's picture

made this with brown rice - took longer and needed more stock but great recipe

buster1931's picture

I cooked chorizo first and used some of the fat oil to fry the veg. . I also added celery and a chilli, and used 700ml of stock and tobacco sauce. I then used tiger prawns instead of chicken..was superb.

tania_90's picture

I intend to use basmati rice(white).Do I need to boil the rice before putting it into the mixture?and can anybody suggest me a good stock recipe for this dish???

Helsg111's picture

No to the first question and chicken knorr cube to the second. Hope this helps?

justinellerby's picture

Sorry this is so late in replying but you dont need to pre-boil the rice just pop it in with the chicken. Regarding the stock just use ready made stock available at all good supermarkets or any chicken stock recipe from this site.