Chicken & chorizo jambalaya

Chicken & chorizo jambalaya

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4
A Cajun-inspired rice pot recipe with spicy Spanish sausage, sweet peppers and tomatoes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal445
  • fat10g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre2g
  • protein30g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 75g chorizo, sliced



    A coarsely textured spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 250g long grain rice
  • 400g can plum tomato
  • 350ml chicken stock


  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.

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Comments (636)

Yummymummy1711's picture

Really enjoyed this. Was easy to make and very tasty added Parmesan to serve. Will be making this again.

tchadfield's picture

Myself and my husband loved this. He's taken left overs cold for lunch at work today and says it's tastier cold (was lovely hot so that's great!!) I needed at least half as much stock again and therefore added double Cajun and was just right for us. Will try in slow cooker another time - will be on our meal planner from now on. Very nice and easily adapted I would guess.

gillbaillie's picture

Absolutely love this dish! We make it regularly and always works out brilliantly. I often tweak it depending what I've got in the fridge, e.g. red onion or white onion, adding peas or prawns etc. Everyone loves it. Spicy, tasty and delicious!

altitude's picture

I've made this meal twice and on both occasions it's gone down really well with my guests. As others have said I'd suggest adding more chorizo and more stock. It works well with a few tortilla chips on the side. Thoroughly recommended.

missmatch's picture

I must be missing something! Thought it was bland. There are so many nicer and easier things to make with chicken breast. Won't be making again.

soph3185's picture

My husband and I absolutely love this recipe! We make it at least twice a month and it is amazing every time. I add slightly more stock and 125g of chorizo and 2 peppers and it is always perfect. I'd go as far as to say that it is our favourite meal now and I'm about to cook it now for dinner and can't wait :)

Sezzy88's picture

Absolutely delicious! Made a few tweaks...added corn, used Creole seasoning and it turned out so nice!

zmd1201's picture

This is so nice! We cooked the rice separately and then mixed it in and added a bit of paprika.

sankm28's picture

This is a great recipe and easy to follow, I used jerk seasoning instead of cajun just because that's all I had in the cupboard. It still fantastic. Get with some lemon at the end to just life it - fantastic cold the next day for a packed lunch!

jpig's picture

As a very novice & veggie cook i cooked this for my other half and the results were outstanding. found it very easy to cook and the smell was terrific , i also added one tablespoon of Psycho Juice chilli sauce but only for the brave xx

becs75's picture

Wow, just finished scoffing this, had 2 bowls! Turned out just how I hoped it would, plus it's really easy, basically a one-pot supper. I have a feeling this will become a regular tea for us.
I did add a bit more chicken, and 400 ml of stock, you could add anything you fancy to this. Delicious.

sophiechicken's picture

i make this alot. sometimes i use prawns instead of chicken. i always add fresh chillies, sweetcorn and a good squeeze of lemon.. sometimes i add a little white wine. love this recipe!!

SJC92's picture

Easy and delicious! I added peas, fresh chillies, and served with lemon.

CharlotteJ1993's picture

Me and my partner cook frequently and really enjoyed this recipe. Was tasty as we love anything chorizo!

scardo's picture

Shredded the chicken and added peas, lovely!

gemmaeyre's picture

Amazing dish!
This is now a regular in our house. Cheap and tasty meal. Even my fussy step daughters like it.

rosievimes's picture

A very nice dish, the combination of chicken and chorizo is always a winner. Subsituted paella rice for the long grain. A simple weekday meal idea, as little effort is required for great results!

monkeyb0b's picture

I made this for an evening meal and a few work lunches. I followed the recipe exactly and was very pleased with the results. Very tasty and filling and re-heats well for work meals

gridban's picture

I made this with brown rice but will definitely use white rice next time - with brown it took 45 minutes to cook and the rice was still a bit chewy, otherwise a great recipe. Only just enough for four though but I guess that depends on your appetite!

lauraewarwick's picture

Great recipe. I didn't use tomatoes and added more liquid (added more water to make a less salty stock). I also used half a pack of fajita mix rather than Cajun spices, worked perfectly.


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