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Easy Jambalaya for Mardi Gras

Easy Jambalaya

Easy Jambalaya Recipe, a perfect recipe for Fat Tuesday, which begins Mardi Gras. The simplicity of this Jambalaya recipe is genius and it turns out great every time!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun, Creole
Keyword: Jambalaya, Mardi Gras
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 768kcal


  • Dutch oven or large pan with a cover


  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 10 ounces smoked andouille sausage sliced into rounds
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning see note below
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Box Zatarain’s Jambalaya
  • 2.5 cups water or chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound raw shrimp tails off peeled and de veined
  • Sliced green onions and chopped parsley to garnish


  • 1 teaspoon each dried thyme and dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 cup thinly sliced okra
  • 1 teaspoon file powder


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Sauté the onion, bell pepper and celery until onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (30 seconds).
  • Add the sausage and chicken pieces, season with the Cajun seasoning.
  • Sauté until chicken is cooked and no pink is showing
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes and mix well
  • Add in the Zatarain’s rice mixture and water (or chicken broth), stir to mix,
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low-medium.
  • Cover and let simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked, while stirring occasionally.
  • With about 5 minutes left in the simmer of the rice, put the shrimp on top of the Jambalaya mixture, stir through gently and re-cover with lid. Shrimp should be done when the rice is done
  • Season with a little extra salt and pepper if needed and remove from heat.
  • Adjust heat with extra hot sauce, Cayenne pepper or Cajun seasoning.
  • Serve with sliced green onions and parsley.
  • Cornbread is another side dish to serve with Jambalaya



Cajun seasoning, Everyone tends to have their own recipe but in general, it's a blend featuring lots of paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, pepper and oregano.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 768kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 9.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 2524mg | Potassium: 831mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3.6g | Vitamin A: 794.1IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg
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