Stovetop Jambalaya

The first time I tried making this jambalaya, I used two chicken breasts and cut the amount of sausage in half. As I was eating, I kept wishing there was less chicken and more sausage, so it seems Uncle Ben’s ratio of chicken to sausage was right on. However, the celery and onions turned out crunchy as expected; to prevent this outcome, saute the vegetables before everything is mixed together and simmered. The recipe below includes the changes I’ve made to this back-of-the-box recipe.

If you think it’s sacrilege to make a jambalaya without the Holy Trinity, then use just one stalk of celery and add a bell pepper, diced. Uncle Ben’s suggests Cajun or andouille sausage; I sometimes use kielbasa. If you want a little more heat, substitute cayenne pepper or Cajun seasoning for the paprika.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound sausage, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups converted rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 chicken breast, diced

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the onions and celery, and saute until the onions are tender and translucent, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, sausage, rice, chicken and beef broths, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, ground black pepper, and paprika. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Add the diced chicken, re-cover, and continue simmering for another 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the liquid is absorbed. Remove bay leaf before serving.