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What We're Eating : Meat Jambalaya

14th August 2014 | Posted in Recipes by Ben Boughtwood


The beauty of this dish is that you can substitute ingredients or add in whatever you like. It's a great way to use up what's in your kitchen. This is a simple version of a well-loved dish.

This recipe will take 30-minutes to cook and will serve between 4-6 people. So let's get started....


  • 8 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 3 Mixed Peppers (Chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Garlic (crushed)
  • 4 Links of Chorizo Sausage (sliced)
  • 450g of Diced Chicken Pieces
  • 2 Scotch Bonnet or Other Hot Chilli's (1 red, 1 yellow, chopped)
  • 500g of Easy-Cook American Style Rice
  • 1 Teaspoon of Chilli Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons of Turmeric 
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cajun Spices
  • 2 Pints of Chicken Stock or Water
  • Chopped Mixed Vegetables (carrots, peas, green beans, sprouts, courgettes, Frozen will suffice)
  • 450g of King Prawns or Crayfish
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Preperation Method.

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the onion, mixed peppers, garlic, chorizo and chicken pieces. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the chilli peppers (these are very hot so be careful how many you use).
  3. Add the rice and stir well. Now add the chilli powder, turmeric and cajun spices and mix well so that the rice is well coated with the flavours.
  4. Add the chicken stock or water and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the mixed vegetables and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer.
  6. Once the rice has swollen and is part-cooked, add the prawns or crayfish.
  7. Simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour. Taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper or more spices to suit your taste.
  8. Serve and Enjoy!

Courtesy of BBC Food and Momma Cherri


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