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  • Author: Shelagh
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour +
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Perfect for Fat Tuesday! Hearty, healthy, and very satisfying. Ages ago, I modified this Paul Prudhomme recipe a bit and it’s been in my repertoire for years. Please mind the technique, it’s essential for getting the right flavor, just keep an eye on those spices, you want them to get nice and brown, but not burn!


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Seasoning mix

  • 1 tablespoon sweet OR smoked paprika (preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (affiliate link)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Combine all seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups onions, chopped (about 1-1/2 to 2 medium onions)
  • 3 cups green and/or red pepper, chopped (about 3-4 small peppers)
  • 1 cup celery, chopped (about 2-3 stalks)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 6 links chicken andouille sausage* (cut into half-moon slices)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 8 cups chicken stock (homemade if possible)
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (fire-roasted if possible)
  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice (uncooked (white is fine too)
  • 1 lb. shrimp (optional), peeled and deveined


  1. Preheat a heavy-bottomed (at least 5-quart) dutch oven, over med-high heat for about 4 minutes. Add olive oil and 2 cups of the onions, 2 cups of the bell peppers, the celery, 1 cup of the andouille, the bay leaves, and 3 tablespoons (about half of the mix) of the seasoning mix. Cook, scraping the bottom of the pot frequently until the crust seems in danger of burning, about 12 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of the stock, scrape the bottom of the pot to clear it of all brown bits, and cook for 10 minutes more. Add the tomatoeschicken, and remaining seasoning mix, and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining onionspeppersandouille, and stock, and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to a slow simmer, cover, and cook until the liquid is completely absorbed, about 40 minutes (until rice is cooked).
  4. You can sauté the shrimp in a little olive oil, or add to the pot 5-6 minutes before serving. It’s an optional ingredient, but sure is tasty!


Be sure to use a heavy pan for this, so the jambalaya doesn’t burn.