A great way to be transported to the French Quarter in New Orleans is with my Cajun-Style Jambalaya! This one-pot wonder is done in layers. What I mean is, I’m going to season and cook each layer as I go, building layers of flavor.
The first is to prep all the vegetables.
Next, on to the proteins for this dish.
I marinate the chicken and shrimp in a mixture of olive oil, Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, along with a Cajun seasoning blend.
Once you season the shrimp, with Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and Cajun seasoning blend, transfer them to the refrigerator until they ready to be added to the pot. They’re the last ingredient to be added to this dish.
Slice the sausage.
The liquids along with the tomato paste are ready. So we are ready to start!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Equipment: 1 (6-quart) Dutch oven, chef’s knife, 2 large mixing bowls, 1 large platter
Marinade For Chicken And Shrimp:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 yellow onion, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 Poblano pepper, seeded and diced
1 Fresno chili, seeded and minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 green onions, white parts sliced, (green tops sliced on the bias save for garnish)
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of dried thyme
2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 (12-ounce) package Andouille sausage sliced (5 links)
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (approx. 1 pound)
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 teaspoons of cajun seasoning
1 1/4 cups long-grain white rice, uncooked
1 28-ounce can of crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
3 cups of chicken stock, unsalted
1. In a large preheated Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Stirring frequently, add garlic, Fresno chili, (white parts) green onions, dried oregano, dried thyme, fresh thyme leaves, Kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
2. Add in marinated diced chicken. Cook until golden brown, 5 minutes
3. Add in bell peppers, diced onion, diced Poblano pepper, tomato paste, sliced Andouille sausage, and stir through. Cook until fragrant, 4 minutes.
4. Add chicken stock, Cajun seasoning blend, crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, and rice cover reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until rice is tender and liquid is almost absorbed around 25 minutes.
5. Add the shrimp to the pot and cook until shrimp are pink and just cooked through around 3 to 5 minutes.
6. Turn heat off and the green onion tops for garnish, stir to combine. Serve hot.
There you have it, my Cajun-Style Jambalaya.