It was my husband’s birthday yesterday and he wanted his favorite meal for dinner….. I couldn’t eat it as I’m an veggie but I did love this when I ate meat. He wanted his Jambalaya, so that is what he got! This recipe is based off of Emeril’s Recipe he has on Food Network, just reworked a little and a few additions.
1/2 pound medium shrimp, make sure they are deveined and peeled, keep whole
1 pound chicken breast, diced
1 – 2 tablespoon Emeril’s Creole seasoning (you can find it in your grocery store with the spices, way quicker than making a whole batch that will just go to waste)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
2 sticks celery, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 cup tomatoes, diced
3 large bay leaves
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1-2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 cup rice
6 cups chicken stock (I use low sodium)
1 pound Andouille sausage, diced
Salt, if required
1/2 – 1 teaspoon red pepper (Cayenne)
Put the chicken and the shrimp in a bowl and add the creole seasoning, mix it well and let stand.
In a large pot heat the oil until it glistens, add the Celery, Green Pepper and Onion and saute for about 2 or 3 mins until the veggies start to wilt a little.
Add the Tomatoes, Garlic, Worcestershire, Bay Leaves and hot sauce, mix well and cook for 1 minute.
Then stir in the rice and cook for an additional 1 minute.
Add 4 cups of chicken stock and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the Chicken, Sausage and Shrimp, stir.
Then add an additional 1-2 cups of chicken stock to cover and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper, stir, bring to the boil and cook for 10-15 minutes.
I like the Jambalaya two ways, some times we like it soupy so I stop cooking when the sauce is slightly thickened around the 15 minute mark, taste and alter seasoning if required, I normally add a dash of pepper, but don’t add additional salt…… then grab some bread and dip it in!!!
If we want it thicker I cooked the Jambalaya for an additional 15 mins on low until nearly all the liquid was absorbed. Either way is good.
Hope you like it, Enjoy Glams xo
Note : If you don’t like spicy then don’t add the red pepper, I normally add 1/2 teaspoon but have been known to add more….. it all depends on Mr Glams mood 😉