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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Raisin and Dates
29th Apr, 2017
can you freeze this
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
20th Jul, 2017
Would you share your Cajun Spice Mix recipe please Twinklebumm99? Thanks in advance.
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.


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
15th Jun, 2017
Yes!, I do it all the time and it works great imho. I cook just for myself and I prefer to cook in big batches and put it in the freezer in portion sizes for another day. Just put it in the microwave for a few minutes and your dinner is ready :)
12th Jul, 2016
Have regularly frozen this with no issue, but then I don't mind soft-ish rice.
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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
13th Oct, 2015
Hi is basmati rice OK to use, if so does it need the full 20 minutes as I usually cook basmati for 10 :)
31st Jul, 2015
Will it work well if I substitute the rice with quinoa?
10th Feb, 2015
Just a quick question, when making rice I usually rinse it before cooking to stop it becoming stodgy, do I need to do this or does it cook fine without rinsing ? Can't wait to cook this tonight
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Shirley Valentine
3rd Mar, 2015
Hi, this is probably too late now as you've already cooked the dish. You don't need to rinse the rice first as I'm guessing the starch needs to release during cooking to thicken the sauce, similar to a risotto. Hope this helps.


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