Jambalaya is an American (Louisiana) dish heavily influenced by the Spanish and French cuisine. A dish that have big similarities to paella or arroz con pollo it is also made out of rice cooked with an array of vegetables and meats like chicken, seafood and sausages, the big difference is that jambalaya is flavoured and coloured with tomatoes instead of saffron.
- 250 g long grain rice
- 750 g chicken thigh fillets, sliced into bite sized pieced
- 15 pcs prawns
- 200 g chorizo, sliced
- 2 stalks celery, sliced
- 1 large green capsicum, chopped
- 1 400 g can chopped tomatoes
- 350 ml chicken stock
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 3 pcs bay leaves
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- freshly ground black pepper
- olive oil
- lemon wedges
- Season chicken pieces and prawns with salt and pepper.
- In a large pot add oil then brown and cook the chicken on all sides. Remove then set aside.
- Add more oil if needed then sauté garlic, onions and celery.
- Add the chorizo and capsicum then stir until fragrant.
- Pour chicken stock, chopped tomatoes, rice, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, bay leaves, dried thyme, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and sugar.
- Reduce the heat to medium low and cook rice for 15 minutes while occasionally stirring. Add a bit of water if it dries out.
- Add and combine the chicken and prawns and cook for 10 more minutes or until rice is tender.
- Season with salt and pepper then serve with lemon wedges.
It should be a little bit soupy so if it dries out try to add a bit of water at a time.