Jambalaya – A Cajun Chicken, Sausage, & Rice Dish, Gluten Free

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Jambalaya - Cajun Chciken, Rice & Sausage - Gluten Free!-8035

We have been making this one for many years in our house, a favorite!  Depending on the spices you use, and the fieriness (if any) in the sausage you select,  this can be kid friendly.  I usually make ours more tame and add the hot sauce in at the end so they kids will eat it too.  I love to also add artichoke hearts (marinated and plain are both good), but my husband is not a fan of them…boo!

**INGREDIENT NOTE:  Andouille sausage is a key ingredient in this dish.  I get mine from our local market, New Seasons.  The flavor is out of this world and adds so much to this dish…these are pre-cooked sausages, try and find a good one!  The spiciness can vary widely.  I find ours so flavorful, that a 1/4 pound is sufficient.  I have also used Trader Joe’s Nitrate Free Smoked Turkey Keilbasa, tasty too and less spicy.  Do what works for you, any flavorful smoked sausage should work,

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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 tablespoon oil, or less if using higher fat meats like thighs and pork sausage
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless thighs or breasts, chopped into bite-size chunks
  • 1 cup rice
  • ¼-1/2 pound smoked Andouille sausage (or kielbasa or Louisiana smoked), quartered and sliced** see note above
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14 oz can pureed tomatoes (I often puree a can of diced tomatoes with my immersion blender...this just too not deter the kids!)
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasonings (I used one that had salt, if you don't, you will need to add at least a teaspoon to your dish)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Optional: chopped artichoke hearts, added in with the tomatoes and broth.
  1. In a large saute pan with a tight fitting lid, preheat over medium heat.
  2. Add you roil, heat for a few seconds.
  3. Saute onions, peppers and garlic for about a minute.
  4. Add in chicken.
  5. When the chicken is slightly browned, add in sausage and rice.
  6. Saute for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, in a large measuring cup, mix the chicken broth, tomatoes, and spices.
  8. When ready, stir the liquids into the pan, stir gently, and bring to a boil.
  9. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Serve with a Louisiana style hot sauce.

Jambalaya - Cajun Chciken, Rice & Sausage - Gluten Free!-8029

This recipe was shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Friday Foodie Fix,

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