Creole Jambalaya with Chicken, Hot Sausage and Shrimp

A few years ago, Terry received a small pocket-sized cookbook for Christmas entitled Recipes Every Man Should Know by Susan Russo and Brett Cohen.  As he was planning the meals for the guys' camping trip, he said he wanted to make the Jambalya that was in his cookbook.  I read through the recipe and saw that it was fairly easy and straight-forward.  The summary said it was gut-filling and they would need that for the adventures that they had planned.

The only thing we did differently was to use Louisiana Hot Sausage and skip the addition of a hot sauce at serving.  It was spicy-hot so if you prefer a more calm jambalaya I would suggest using an andouille or kielbasa sausage.

Creole Jambalaya 
with Chicken, Hot Sausage and Shrimp

Yield:  6-8 servings

1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1 pound Louisiana Hot Sausage (or andouille, kielbasa or other smoked sausage), cut into thick slices
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken (a combination of thigh and breast meat), cut into pieces
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large bell pepper, diced
4 stalks celery, sliced
1 Tbsp Creole seasoning
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 1/2 cups rice, uncooked
5 cups chicken broth or stock
1 28 oz-can diced tomatoes, with juices
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup flat parsley, chopped
Salt and black pepper to taste

In a heavy pot over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil.  Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 7 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Add the sausage and good until browned, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to the bowl with the chicken and set aside.

Add additional olive oil, if needed.  Add the onion, garlic, green pepper and celery.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 7 minutes.

Return the chicken and sausage to the pot.  Add the seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, rice, broth, and tomatoes.  Stir well to mix.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the rice is fully cooked and has absorbed most of the liquid, about 20 minutes.

Stir in the shrimp and cook until pink and opaque, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Stir in the parsley.  Season with salt and pepper.  Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Serve in bowls with crusty bread.


This was a truly a "gut-filling" dish.  I am certain the guys had enough fuel to get them started on their first hike!


  1. I'm a big jambalaya fan and Terry's recipe sounds fabulous to me. Some hot sauces and sausages can be overpowering to me, so I tend to stay on the safe side. Pile on the shrimp for me.

  2. The Jambalaya was a hit on the camping trip!! It was a perfect heat and eat meal for 4 hungry men after a long day on the trail. I have already been asked to repeat it on the next trip!!

  3. I'm a big Jambalaya fan and this looks like a great version. ok, now I'm officially hungry, just looking at that photo.


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