Jambalaya is a great
rice dish that we associate with Creole cooking. A great many
people disagree on the origins of jambalaya with some people
claiming it has Spanish origins because of its similarity to the
Spanish dish paella. Still others claim that jambalaya has its
origins in Native American cooking because of the use of rice in so
There have also been
mentions of jambalaya recipes in French cooking but o one country
has a concrete claim to fame regarding the origins of jambalaya.
We could argue and debate all day (and longer) on where the first
jambalaya recipe came from, but really we should just focus on the
jambalaya recipe that gives us the wonderful, flavorful food we call
constantly so it's very difficult to pinpoint the exact time or
person who discovered jambalaya. It's just better to go on
creating new recipes that you and your family enjoy. The
following jambalaya recipe is a great meal for any day. Give
it a try tonight!
Jambalaya Recipe Ingredients
• 1 cup uncooked white rice
• 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded
• 1 cup diced cooked ham
• 1 cup cooked, sliced (thin) sausage
• 2 Tbsp butter
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 1 cup chopped green pepper
• 1 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp black pepper
• 1/4 tsp chili powder
• 1/2 tsp dried thyme
• 1/2 tsp dried parsley
• 2 16oz. cans chopped tomatoes, undrained
• 1 cup chicken broth
Jambalaya Recipe Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter over medium
heat in a large skillet, preferably an oven-proof skillet.
Once the butter has melted, add the garlic, onions and green pepper.
Cook, with stirring, until the onions and peppers are soft.
Add the chicken, ham and sausage to the onions and peppers.
Cook with stirring for approximately 5 minutes.
Add the rice, tomatoes, chicken broth, salt, pepper, chili powder,
thyme and parsley to the meat mixture. Stir until evenly
If your skillet is oven-proof, cover and bake for 1 hour and 15
minutes - or until the rice is tender.
If your skillet is not oven-proof, simply transfer the jambalaya to
an oven-proof casserole dish, cover, and bake.
Note: You may also like jambalaya made with seafood.
Simply substitute shrimp, scallops, or other seafood for the meat in
this jambalaya recipe. Try it both ways and see which is your