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5 from 1 vote
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Rice Meal
Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish
Keyword: easy jambalaya recipe, easy rice meal recipe, how to cook jambalaya, jambalaya, jambalaya recipe, rice meal
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16 cups
Author: Olive
My first Daring Cook’s challenge experience gave me confidence to try another rice dish: Jambalaya. This is a Louisiana Creole dish of Spanish and French influence; a New World version of the Old World dish paella according to wikipedia.
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  • In a deep 12inch skillet with oven-safe handle and lid (or with handle and lid wrapped in double thickness of foil for baking in the oven later).
  • Cook Kielbasa / Chorizo over medium to high heat for 2-3 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally.
  • With slotted spoon, transfer kielbasa / chorizo to medium bowl.
  • Add 2 teaspoons oil drippings in skillet then add chicken in 3 batches, and cook 5 minutes per batch or until browned, turning over once.
  • Transfer chicken to bowl with kielbasa / chorizo.
  • Preheat Oven to 425 F degrees.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to skillet.
  • Stir in garlic, celery, peppers and onions.
  • Cover and cook 12-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add rice, paprika, oregano, thyme and salt.
  • Cook 1 minute while stirring.
  • Return chicken with its juices and kielbasa / chorizo to skillet.
  • Add broth, tomatoes with their juice, water and hot pepper sauce.
  • Heat to boiling over high heat.
  • Place skillet on oven and bake jambalaya, uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from the oven and stir mixture.
  • Cover and bake for 10 minutes longer or until rice is tender.
  • Remove skillet from the oven, let stand, covered for 10 minutes.
  • Spoon jambalaya onto dinner plates or spoon desired amount into freezer-safe containers.
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