Chicken and chorizo jambalaya

  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 45 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour


  • 500ml/1 pint chicken stock
  • 400g/14 oz chopped tomatoes
  • 200g/7 oz cured chorizo
  • 300g/12 oz chicken breasts, chopped
  • 250g/9 oz basmati/long grain rice
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. cajun seasoning
  • ½ tbsp. chilli powder (Optional)
  • ½ tbsp. paprika
  • Olive oil
Chicken and chorizo jambalaya

This is a hearty recipe for a chicken and chorizo jambalaya. It's a simple one pot recipe, which can be cooked in advance, and reheated or left on a gentle simmer. I add chorizo, as it gives the dish a glorious colour, and its spicy taste makes a fantastic pairing with the rice and chicken.

Jambalaya southern american recipe, originally from the Caribbean — where a melting pot of Spanish influences and native palettes combined to create a dish which bears many similarities to saffron-coloured paella.

Jambalaya is traditionally made in three parts, cooking the meat, the vegetables, and then simmering stock and rice until cooked.

There are two primary methods of making jambalaya - this method is similar to the Creole style as it uses tomatoes, and the meat is left in the pan the whole time. The Southwestern Cajun style doesn't make use of tomatoes, and the meat is browned for longer — changing the colour of the finished dish to a brown too.

If you want to alter the balance of vegetables you can without any concern, but traditionally the foundation is onion (50%), pepper (25%), and celery (25%).

If you are using fresh chorizo sausages, add a little extra paprika — as cured chorizo has a much stronger paprika flavour and colour.


  1. In a large pan drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil, and add add the chopped chicken and onions - cook over a medium heat until the chicken has sealed and the onions are soft.
  2. Add the pepper, garlic, chorizo and Cajun seasoning, and cook for another 5 minutes or so. Here, I usually would cook the cured chorizo for a few minutes longer as I prefer it quite crispy.
  3. Stir in the rice, add the chopped tomatoes, chicken stock, paprika (if not using cured chorizo), and the chilli powder.
  4. Cover and simmer the mixture for 30 minutes. The rice will cook and the colours of the paprika, chorizo and tomatoes will impart a vibrant red and orange glow to the jambalaya.
  5. Serve hot, and generously.
The Oxford English Dictionary indicates that 'jambalaya' comes from the Provençal word 'jambalaia', meaning a mish mash, or mix up.

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Gerry - Sep 14, 2014, 23:42


Quick, easy and tasty. I used fresh chorizo and substituted a couple of chipotles for the chilli and paprika. Also I used smoked garlic. My daughter who was about to have a salad for dinner changed her mind when she smelled the jambalaya. Breaths life into rice and chicken

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