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Easy Weeknight Jambalaya Recipe

Need a quick, gluten-free dinner recipe that is on the table within an hour? This Easy Weeknight Jambalaya Recipe is for you! It’s affordable, delicious, and easy, so this recipe will become a weeknight staple in your household.

Now is the time for warm, spicy, comforting meals to combat these colder evenings. Sometimes it’s hard to find a warming, simple gluten-free dinner recipe that also delivers on flavor. This Easy Weeknight Jambalaya Recipe fits the bill! It is a delicious and flavorful Cajun-inspired rice dish with tons of peppers, chicken, and Cajun sausage.

While you can follow this recipe precisely, this is the perfect dish to experiment with. Don’t have chicken in the house? Leave it out! Have seafood instead? Add that! All out of pepper but have onions and carrots? Use those! Really, this recipe is a guide to show the technique, while ingredients are adaptable.

What Type of Rice Should I Use for Jambalaya?

Again, if you do not have the exact ingredients that I do, no worries! For this recipe, brown rice is used for added texture and health benefits. When fully cooked, brown rice becomes slightly chewy, which I prefer in rice dishes. Plus, brown rice is less processed and has more vitamins and minerals than white rice!

Use whatever rice you already have in the house, however, the type of rice you use may change the cooking time considerably. Brown rice takes much longer to cook at about 45 minutes. White rice can take 20 minutes or less, depending on the type. You can even use quick-cooking rice, but remember to keep an eye on the cooking time!

Ingredients in Easy Weeknight Jambalaya

How to Make Easy Weeknight Jambalaya

Begin by patting your chicken breast dry using paper towels. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning over the chicken along with the olive oil. Rub the seasonings into the chicken well.

Place a large lidded pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the chicken and sear on both sides for about 4-5 minutes per side. The chicken will still be raw in the middle. 

Also, add the Cajun sausage to brown on both sides. Remove the sausage and the chicken once browned.

Keeping the heat at medium, add the butter, onions, peppers, and jalapenos to the hot pan and saute until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Once the veggies are browned, add the garlic and tomato paste. Cook for a few minutes to toast the tomato paste.

Next, add the rice to toast in the pan. Stir around for a few minutes before adding the canned tomatoes and broth.

Stir to combine and bring up to a boil, then add the other 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning.

Once boiling, add the peas and place a lid over the top and reduce the heat to low. Place the chicken and sausage into the pot to finish cooking.

Cook covered for 40-45 minutes, or until the rice is tender. 

NOTE: Remove the chicken breast and sausage from the pan about 10 minutes into the cooking time to not overcook the meat. Set aside.

Before serving, slice the chicken and sausage before adding it back to the pan. Stir to combine.

Serve warm with fresh chives on top.

Easy Weeknight Jambalaya

Keto Jambalaya

In under an hour, this Easy Weeknight Jambalaya is the perfect meal for a family! A mild spicy sauce supports cauliflower rice, chicken, and sausage that melts in your mouth and is inexpensive to make!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Cajun

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp sugar free Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 links keto approves sausage or Andouille
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup cauliflower rice
  • 1 8-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Fresh chives, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Begin by patting your chicken breast dry using paper towels. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning over the chicken along with the olive oil. Rub the seasonings into the chicken well.
  • Place a large lidded pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the chicken and sear on both sides for about 4-5 minutes per side. The chicken will still be raw in the middle.
  • Also, add the sausage to brown on both sides. Remove the sausage and the chicken once browned.
  • Keeping the heat at medium, add the onions, peppers, and jalapenos to the hot pan and saute until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Once the veggies are browned, add the garlic and tomato paste. Cook for a few minutes to toast the tomato paste.
  • Next, add the cauliflower rice to toast in the pan. Stir around for a few minutes before adding the canned tomatoes and broth. Stir to combine and bring up to a boil, then the other 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning.
  • Once boiling, place a lid over the top and reduce the heat to low. Place the chicken and sausage into the pot to finish cooking. Cook covered for 40-45 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  • NOTE: Remove the chicken breast and sausage from the pan about 10 minutes into the cooking time to not overcook the meat. Set aside.
  • Before serving, slice the chicken and sausage before adding it back to the pan. Stir to combine.
  • Serve warm with fresh chives on top.

Notes

Keyword Cajun, Easy Weeknight Jambalaya, Keto
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