Classic Jambalaya Recipe

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Sherry Clark Modified: March 25, 2022
Classic Jambalaya Recipe

How To Make Classic Jambalaya

A pot of this delicious jambalaya is loaded with shrimp and chicken, cooked with bell peppers, tomatoes, and okra. Plus a blend of flavorful spices!

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes



  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 13ozandouille sausage,sliced into ¼” thick rounds
  • 1medium yellow onion,(1 ¾ cups)
  • 2medium bell peppers,(2½ cups), preferably 1 red and 1 yellow, seeded and chopped
  • 3celery ribs,(1 cup) chopped
  • 4clovesgarlic,(1½ tbsp) minced
  • 3cupslow-sodium chicken broth,plus more as needed
  • 14½oztomatoes,(1 can) crushed
  • tsppaprika
  • 1tspthyme,dried
  • 1tsporegano,dried
  • ½tspcayenne pepper,less or more to taste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • cupslong grain white rice
  • 1lblarge or extra large shrimp,peeled and deveined
  • cupsokra,sliced, fresh or frozen, thawed, optional
  • 2cupschicken,cooked, shredded
  • cupgreen onions,chopped
  • ¼cupfresh parsley,chopped, plus more for garnish if desired


  1. Preheat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, tossing occasionally for about 5 to 6 minutes until browned. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain, leave oil in pan.

  2. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery to the pot. Saute for 6 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute longer.

  3. Pour in chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, paprika, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cooked sausage and rice.

  4. Bring mixture to a light boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low heat, cover, and simmer until rice is almost fully tender about 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in a little extra broth as needed.

  5. Stir in shrimp and okra, cover, and continue to cook for about 4 to 5 minutes until shrimp have cooked through.

  6. Stir in chicken, green onions, and parsley. Serve immediately garnishing each serving with more parsley if desired.


  • Calories: 445.26kcal
  • Fat: 28.96g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.83g
  • Trans Fat: 0.06g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 12.61g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.73g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.59g
  • Fiber: 4.06g
  • Sugar: 5.30g
  • Protein: 31.14g
  • Cholesterol: 165.88mg
  • Sodium: 1139.59mg
  • Calcium: 122.84mg
  • Potassium: 862.16mg
  • Iron: 2.53mg
  • Vitamin A: 203.83µg
  • Vitamin C: 73.84mg
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