Jennie's Jambalaya

I’ve always loved jambalaya, but my mom had only ever made the Zatarain’s brand stuff out of the box, which is fine, don’t get me wrong. But when I started craving jambalaya a couple weeks ago, I scoured the Interweb for a homemade recipe. After finding quite a few that contained just sausage and shrimp or just chicken and shrimp, I decided to take it upon myself to come up with my own recipe - shocking, I know. This was the result and, while there was some fuss involved, I will likely never, ever eat the Zatarain’s brand jambalaya again.

1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thawed and diced
1-1/2 Tbsp. Creole seasoning, divided
1 Tbsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 Tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt and pepper seasoning
1/2 cup fire-roasted diced tomatoes
3 cups chicken broth
3 bay leaves
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 ribs of celery, sliced 1/8” thick
1 cup brown rice
1/2 lb. fresh cooked shrimp 
6.5 ounces Andouille sausage, sliced

In a small bowl, combine the onion and garlic. In another small bowl, work 3/4 Tbsp. Creole seasoning into diced chicken. In a large saucepan, sauté the chicken and half the onion and garlic in 2 Tbsp. oil. Season with paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, broth and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. In a small saucepan, sauté the green pepper and celery in 2 Tbsp. oil with remaining onion and garlic mixture until veggies are slightly tender. Transfer to the saucepan containing the chicken. Add the rice, stir and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low,cover the saucepan and simmer for about 45 minutes. Remove the lid to check the rice. If rice is still too firm, cook longer. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the shrimp and sausage and work the remaining 3/4 Tbsp. Creole seasoning into the meat. When the rice is tender, add the shrimp and sausage and cook covered for 5-10 minutes. taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Serve.


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