Quick and Easy Jambalaya
1 box Jambalaya mix, like Zatarain’s or Tony Chachere
1/2 pound cook chicken breast, shredded or cubed OR 1 can of chicken
8 oz fully cooked sausage, cut into 1″ circles or halves
1 can diced tomatoes, drained well
1 can Chicken Broth
Open package of Jambalaya mix and pour into appropriate size pot.
Jambalaya box will say how much liquid you need. Open can of chicken, can of chicken broth, and can of tomatoes. Drain each into your measuring cup. If liquids do not equal amount needed for directions, add water.
Add tomatoes, chicken, sausage, and liquids to pot. Stir and turn on heat according to package directions.
Add sausage to Jambalaya in pot. Cook according to package directions.
TWO TIPS: Sausage usually comes in 14-16 oz packages; save half for a later recipe. Also, sausage will expand in pot, so I slice into rounds and then cut each round in half.
Tips and Variations
- Use chicken, sausage, diced ham, shrimp…the list is endless. Make any combo you like. You need about 1 pound of meat and/or seafood…and it should be precooked. (and shrimp or crawfish should be peeled)
- Try different kinds of tomatoes. Chili-ready tomatoes add heat and Diced tomatoes with green pepper, celery, and onion adds veggies that go with Jambalaya .
- Try 99% fat free turkey sausage and a low sodium jambalaya mix to make a healthier version
- Substitute chicken broth for water for a more home cooked flavor. Even substitute half of the water adds a ton of flavor. Use low sodium, 99% fat free chicken broth for a healthier way to get full flavor.
- Substitute tomato sauce for water. Use 8 oz of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup (to 1 cup) water instead of plain water for a tomato-based Jambalaya.
This meal only takes about 30 minutes and only costs about $5! YAY!
Plus, you should have about half of the precooked sausage left over to use in a recipe later in the week, like Red Beans and Rice or sausage on hoagies.