Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
For the best chicken jambalaya recipe, start with chicken thighs, which are meaty and have enough fat to prevent dryness. Brown the chicken to develop flavor and remove the meat from the bone to make eating easier. Don’t use too much liquid and add the shrimp at the very end of the cooking time to prevent them from becoming tough.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Game Day, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 574 kcal


  • 1 onion medium-sized peeled, ends trimmed, and quartered lengthwise
  • 1 rib celery cut crosswise into quarters
  • 1 red bell pepper stem removed, seeded, and quartered lengthwise
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 4 chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on
  • 8 oz andouille sausage halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ cups long grain white rice 10 ounces
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • ½ tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper see note
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes 14 1/2-ounce can, drained, 1/4 cup juice reserved
  • 1 cup clam juice bottled
  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lbs medium shrimp 31 to 35 shrimp per pound, or large shrimp, shelled
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley leaves


  • Because andouille varies in spiciness, we suggest tasting a piece of the cooked sausage and then adjusting the amount of cayenne in the jambalaya to suit your taste. If you can’t find andouille, try tasso, chorizo, or linguiça; if using chorizo or linguiça, consider doubling the amount of cayenne. The onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic can be chopped by hand instead of in the food processor. The shrimp don’t need to be deveined, but you can do so if you prefer. If you’re serving only four people, you may choose to skip the shredding step and serve the chicken on the bone.
  • In food processor, pulse onion, celery, red pepper, and garlic until chopped fine, about six 1-second pulses, scraping down sides of bowl once or twice. Do not overprocess; vegetables should not be pureed.
  • Heat oil in large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking, about 2 minutes. Add chicken, skin-side down, and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Using tongs, turn chicken and cook until golden brown on second side, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to plate and set aside. Reduce heat to medium and add andouille; cook, stirring frequently, until browned, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer sausage to paper towel–lined plate and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, add vegetables, and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping bottom of pot with wooden spoon, until vegetables have softened, about 4 minutes. Add rice, salt, thyme, and cayenne; cook, stirring frequently, until rice is coated with fat, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, reserved tomato juice, clam juice, chicken broth, bay leaves, and browned sausage to pot; stir to combine. Remove and discard skin from chicken; place chicken, skinned-side down, on rice. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir once, keeping chicken on top, skinned-side down. Replace cover and continue to simmer until chicken is no longer pink when cut into with paring knife, about 10 minutes more; transfer chicken to clean plate and set aside. Scatter shrimp over rice, cover, and continue to cook until rice is fully tender and shrimp are opaque and cooked through, about 5 minutes more.
  • While shrimp are cooking, shred chicken (see illustration below). When shrimp are cooked, discard bay leaves; off heat, stir in parsley and shredded chicken, and serve immediately.




Calories: 574kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 35gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 202mgSodium: 965mgPotassium: 693mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1018IUVitamin C: 35mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 3mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 3mgZinc: 3mg
Keyword Chicken, Seafood, Shrimp
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