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

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 2 chicken breasts, 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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eliselauren3's picture
25th Apr, 2017
I have probably made this about 10 times now, it is that good. Nothing really to add, apart from popping in some peas at the end of the recipe for colour. I've also used Quorn chicken pieces in this instead which works really well.
23rd Apr, 2017
Made this this afternoon and it was really tasty. Made my own Cajun spice mix which was lovely. Will definitely make again
21st Apr, 2017
Made this last night for dinner, it was absolutely amazing!!! One of the taster meals I have cooked in a long time. I got so much praise from the family as well...... will definitely be making this again. It's definitely a winner in my book....
11th Apr, 2017
Definitely make again but will cook for a bit longer
7th Apr, 2017
amazing!!!!! everyone must try it!
3rd Apr, 2017
I've signed up to good food just now only to comment on this dish I made an hour ago for the first time- it's amazing. Cook it! I washed the rice before I cooked it as I prefer fluffy rice, I also used tesco easy cook long grain and it took 25mins (on pack it states 15m), I added an extra half a teaspoon of Cajun as I like it hot. I'm not at all confident in the kitchen but this dish was easy and flavourful. Will be making again for sure. Cheers bbcgoodfood.
Pee's picture
31st Mar, 2017
I have made this dish on many occasions and love it but today decided to try out a veggie version, using Quorn, with brown rice. I followed the recipe but omitted the Quorn "chicken" pieces and chopped Quorn "chorizo" style sausage until the last 15 minutes of cooking. I have to say, despite the fact that I found the taste of the actual "chorizo" pieces themselves rank and picked them out of the finished dish, they may or may not have added some flavour as it was lovely!!
6th Mar, 2017
This is so addictive! Saw comments saying the rice takes much longer than 20-25mins. I bought the "easy cook" long grain white rice from Sainsburys that's par-boiled in the pack and it cooked PERFECTLY! So delicious and great for my weekly lunches. Even tastes amazing reheated.
7th Feb, 2017
Really easy, and extremely tasty!!
6th Feb, 2017
Usually when I decide to cook something new it's never great but this dish was amazing & will 100% cook this again ... may add some chilli next time!


26th Jan, 2017
Slightly random but is there a way of making a vegi version of this? I love this recipe but need to cook for friends, one of them is vegi so thought I could do the same receipe but split it and do one with chicken and one with something else?
goodfoodteam's picture
31st Jan, 2017
Thanks for your question. A lot of the flavour from this dish comes from the chorizo. We'd suggest cooking an alternative dish and we have a few vegetarian rice-based dishes here. Hope you find one you like!
17th Jul, 2016
Would this work on with risotto rice? I used easy cook rice as I thought basmati which I normally use might go a bit stodgy.
goodfoodteam's picture
11th Aug, 2016
Thanks for your question. We would not suggest using risotto rice for this recipe. We triple test all our recipes and can assure you that long grain rice works really well - the method of cooking is ideal for this type of rice. Hope this helps!
10th Jun, 2016
I don't have a frying pan with a lid and my frying pan is probably too shallow for this dish. Can I use a saucepan with a lid instead?
12th Jul, 2016
I've done this! I ended up with way too much for my frying pan so I split the rest into a saucepan with a lid. As long as you make sure to give the meat, onions and chorizo enough space to brown properly, then it's not so much of a problem if you're crowding things a bit when you add the rest of the ingredients, I'd say.
26th Jan, 2016
Has anyone tried freezing this? Would be interested to know if it freezes well
12th Jul, 2016
Have regularly frozen this with no issue, but then I don't mind soft-ish rice.
goodfoodteam's picture
21st Mar, 2016
We wouldn't recommend freezing this. Cooked rice dishes can end up a little mushy once defrosted and reheated unless you allow for this by undercooking the rice before it is frozen.
4th Nov, 2015
Hi, it looks lovely but is it supposed to be sticky like risotto? In the picture it looks dry but mine turned out quite sticky. Thanks


avivaa's picture
15th Aug, 2016
Excellent recipe, it is one of my most frequently made dishes! Lends itself very nicely for tweaking, too. If you'd like to make it extra Cajun, add prawns. If you like it spicy, add half (or whole if you're feeling adventurous) a fresh red chilli pepper. I also like to add a yellow bell pepper and some chestnut mushrooms just for the extra veggies and deliciousness. I've found that you can keep the same amount of water and it'll cook just fine. But, again: even as it is written in the basic recipe, it's great!
17th Jul, 2016
I tried this yesterday as was looking for a recipe to use io chorizo. Was very easy to make. Absolutely delicious. Instead of tinned tomatoes, because I was cooking 1/2 the quantity I used 2 fresh plum tomatoes and it was perfect with a little extra liquid.
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18th Apr, 2016
If (like me) you prefer to use brown rice, then it won't cook in the 20-25 minutes specified in the recipe. Instead, put the rice on to boil in the stock first thing, then make the rest as per instructions. By the time you're ready to add the rice back in, it's already partially cooked and speeds everything up. You'll also need more stock than the recipe says (or else it goes dry and sticks to the bottom of the pan, whilst the rice is still hard), and therefore you'll also need more spice (to compensate for being extra diluted with more stock). Finally, I'm a vegetarian, so I made this using quorn chicken and quorn chorizo. It's a lot tastier than a lot of veggie dishes, so one to bear in mind if you have veggies coming to dinner (there are only so many times we can eat veg lasagne, even the really nice ones). If you do make a veggie version, there's no need to pre-cook the quorn chicken or quorn chorizo, you can just shove everything in the pan at once, meaning the entire recipe only takes as long as your rice takes to cook (in the case of my brown rice, about 45 mins).
4th Feb, 2015
I've made this on a number of occasions, and I think it works best if you finish off the cooking in the oven. Either use a suitable pan for both stove top and oven, or transfer to suitable dish once you've brought it to the boil. Another thing which previous posters have mentioned is that there is insufficient stock in the ingredients. I use 450 ml rather than 350 recommended. It's always turned out great and everyone loves it.
30th Sep, 2014
Absolutely delicious - Made this last night for dinner. I added extra water and reduced it down. Also added prawns right at the very end and extra cajun spices but it was gorgeous and ive just had leftovers for my lunch today.
14th Aug, 2014
Make your print option printer friendly. I printed out a recipe, got 3 pages only the first had the recipe the rest was unnecessary rubbish
23rd Sep, 2014
I use Mastercook software to keep my recipes in order and print from there. It's super cheap and downloads recipes from food blogs with a couple of clicks.