A top view of a pot of Jambalaya.
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4.43 from 7 votes


A warming cajun stew made with chicken, andouille sausage and shrimp. This classic Southern American recipe is a healthy one pot dinner! Don't be intimidated by the long ingredient list - the method is simple and the hearty meal is worth the effort!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: cajun, cajun stew, jambalaya
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 476kcal
Author: Michelle Miller


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 1 pound chicken breasts cut into chunks
  • 3 andouille sausages sliced into pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 3-4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup white rice uncooked
  • 2 bell peppers green or colored, chopped in large pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper more or less, to taste
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 2 cups okra (can buy frozen if fresh is not available), chopped


  • In a large pot, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, and heat over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic, onions, celery and jalapeno, and saute for about 10 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, 3 cups of chicken broth, uncooked rice, bell peppers, and spices. Allow to simmer, occasionally stirring, for about 30 minutes. Turn heat down to medium low once it begins to simmer.
  • In a separate skillet, add the other 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and brown chicken breasts, seasoning lightly with salt and pepper. Once the chicken has begun to brown, add the sausage and brown it as well.
  • When the rice is cooked, add the browned chicken and sausage to the pot, along with the uncooked shrimp and okra.
  • Continue to simmer the stew for about 10 minutes, until the shrimp is cooked through the the okra has thickened the broth. Add additional chicken broth to thin to desired consistency, and season with additional salt and pepper.



Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 267mg | Sodium: 1416mg | Potassium: 858mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2815IU | Vitamin C: 76.1mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 3.8mg