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
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.
7th Feb, 2017
Really easy, and extremely tasty!!


28th Jan, 2015
I just made this and it burnt !? Why was this ?
goodfoodteam's picture
3rd Feb, 2015
Hi Annie88, thanks for getting in touch and really sorry to hear that you did not have success with this recipe. From what you've said it sounds like the heat was too high, do make sure it's on a low simmer and not boiling when you cover it and to make sure, check every 10 mins or so until the rice is tender. Hope this helps. 
18th Oct, 2014
Can this be made in a steamer/rice cooker ?
KarenP@123's picture
25th May, 2017
Just trying it now so I'll let you know if not. Seems I've got to add more liquid so far and you got to watch for drying out so stirring is a must every now and then but looks ok so far.
goodfoodteam's picture
7th Nov, 2014
Hi there thanks for your question, we have never tested this recipe in a steamer or rice cooker, so for best results use a pan as stated in the recipe.
16th Jun, 2014
How many serves does this recipe make?
goodfoodteam's picture
27th Jun, 2014
Hi there this recipe serves 4.
17th Jun, 2014
Hi Zetty, I made this last night, it makes 4 decent adult portions.
26th Mar, 2014
I've freezed it several times. As long as you don't used pre-cooked chicken (or anything pre-cooked) you should be ok
23rd Mar, 2014
Hi, Is this freezable? - we've got loads left over. If not, how long does it keep in the fridge?


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