Chicken Jambalaya

Jambalaya is one of the easiest and best rice dishes that owes its origins to the traditional Cajun cooking of America.

Serves 2-3

This recipe is taken from The Delia Collection: Chicken.

Chicken Jambalaya
 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (9 oz/250 g in total), cut into bite-sized pieces
 4oz (110g) chorizo sausage, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch (2cm) pieces
 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
 1 medium onion, cut into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces
 2 cloves garlic, crushed
 2 sticks celery, trimmed and sliced into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces on the diagonal
 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into ½ inch (1 cm) slices
 6 fl oz (175 ml) white basmati rice
 about 1 pint (570 ml) hot chicken stock
 3 medium tomatoes, dropped into boiling water for 1 minute, then peeled and chopped
 1 bay leaf
 salt and freshly milled black pepper
For the garnish:
 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

You will also need a 10 inch (25.5 cm) frying pan with a lid.


First of all, heat the frying pan over a high heat and brown the pieces of chorizo sausage, without adding any fat, then remove them from the pan to a plate and set aside.

Then add a tablespoon of the oil and, when it's hot, brown the chicken and transfer that to the plate with the chorizo. Next, fry the onions for 2-3 minutes to brown them a little at the edges, then return the chorizo and chicken to the pan and add the garlic, celery, chilli and sliced pepper.

Continue to fry for 4-5 minutes, till the celery and pepper are also softened and lightly tinged brown at the edges, adding a little more oil if you need to.

Now stir in the rice to get a good coating of oil, then add the Tabasco to the hot chicken stock. Next, add the chopped tomatoes and bay leaf to the pan, then pour in the stock. Season with salt and freshly milled black pepper, give it all one stir and push the rice down into the liquid. Now turn the heat to low, put a lid on and let it barely simmer for 20 minutes.

Then, check that the rice is cooked and add a little more stock, if necessary. Cover with a lid for 5 more minutes, then serve, garnished with the chopped parsley and spring onions.

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