Chicken & chorizo jambalaya in a shallow cast iron dish with wooden spoon

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 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan with a lid and brown 2 chopped chicken breasts for 5-8 mins until golden.

  2. Remove and set aside. Tip in the 1 diced onion and cook for 3-4 mins until soft.

  3. Add 1 thinly sliced red pepper, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 75g sliced chorizo and 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning, and cook for 5 mins more.

  4. Stir the chicken back in with 250g long grain rice, add the 400g can of tomatoes and 350ml chicken stock. Cover and simmer for 20-25 mins until the rice is tender.

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17th Jan, 2012
Delicious, my culinary expertise normally runs to a fry-up and no further but this is so simple anyone could make it.
15th Jan, 2012
Just made this and it is absolutely scrummy! Halved the ingredients as making for two and although I didn't have cajun seasoning just added some oregano, salt, pepper, hot chilli power and paprika. Also added some celery (as suggested by others) which added a nice crunch. Would definitely make again!
15th Jan, 2012
Gorgeous recipe, will now appear often in this household! I used Jerk Seasoning, as didn't realise i'd ran out of Cajun and it was amazing! I added peas and celery to the recipe, and also used about 150ml more of water. From stage 2 of the recipe i removed the dish from the hob and let it bubble away to itself in a large casserole dish for about an hour and it was perfect! Simple and easy and very, very, tasty!
14th Jan, 2012
Delicious! add some paprika and a little cayenne pepper for a spice kick
14th Jan, 2012
Agree this does need more stock/less rice, and I found the chorizo made it far too salty, so the second time I tried a "surf and turf" version, using rump steak instead of chicken and king prawns instead of chorizo (sealing the steak before removing and doing the onions, then returning it to the pan along with the prawns 5 minutes before the end of cooking) - yum!!
12th Jan, 2012
Very tasty and would highly recommend! :)
11th Jan, 2012
Fantastic recipe and easy to make
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11th Jan, 2012
The first time i cooked this i used a more expensive chorizo whereas the second time i used a cheaper diced one and noticed a big difference. I'd recommend shelling out a couple more quid on good chorizo. Also this recipe...amazing.
10th Jan, 2012
Absolutley delicious. As has been mentioned the dish does require more stock. I use 650ml insted and it was fine.
9th Jan, 2012
Really delicious. Next time I'd chuck in something green to make it look a bit more interesting.


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