Our family tradition is to enjoy Jambalaya followed by King Cake on Mardi Gras– is it terrible that we’ve only had the first course so far? Mardi Gras snuck up on me this year! So, the King Cake has been delayed to the weekend…. it will be well worth the wait. (My family doesn’t mind as long as I make it!) 🙂 I modified this wonderful, colorful dish to include clams- and not just clam juice. I also used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and smoked chicken andouille sausage. This recipe was adapted from The New Best Recipe from the Editors of Cook’s Illustrated. Hope you enjoyed your Mardi Gras celebration too!!
Yield: Serves 6
- 1 large sweet onion, trimmed and quartered
- 1 medium celery rib, cut crosswise into quarters
- 1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and quartered lengthwise
- 6 medium to large garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- 5 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
- 8 to 12 ounces andouille sausage (I used 12 oz smoked chicken andouille sausage), halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice (I used basmati)
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
- 6.5 ounces canned clams with juice
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- 2 large bay leaves
- 1 pound large shrimp (31 to 40 per pound), peeled and deveined, if desired
- 2 T minced fresh parsley leaves, optional, as garnish
- In a food processor, pulse the onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic until chopped fine, about six 1-second pulses, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Do not over process; the vegetables should not be pureed.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add the chicken, and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Using tongs, turn the chicken and cook until golden brown on the second side, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the andouille; cook, stirring frequently, until browned, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the chopped vegetables, and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon, until the vegetables have softened, about 4 minutes.
- Add the rice, salt, thyme and cayenne; cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is coated with fat, about 1 minute.
- Add the tomatoes with juice, clams with juice, broth, bay leaves, and browned sausage to the pot; stir to combine.
- Place the chicken on the rice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir once, keeping the chicken on top. Replace the cover and continue to simmer until the chicken is no longer pink when cut into with a paring knife, about 10 minutes more. Transfer chicken to a clean plate and set aside.
- Scatter shrimp over the rice, cover, and continue to cook until the rice is fully tender and the shrimp are opaque and cooked through, about 5 minutes more.
- While the shrimp are cooking, shred the chicken with your fingers into thin strands. When the shrimp are cooked, discard the bay leaves.
- Off the heat, stir in the parsley, if using, and shredded chicken; serve immediately.
One Year Ago:
Well. Thank you very much, I may be making this sometime very soon. This looks fab!
I can’t wait to see your King Cake post.
Thanks! It had a great spicy kick 🙂
I may make a repeat of the King Cake I have posted already… It was my very first post!!
You have me thinking that maybe I should take a chance on a new recipe though…..hmmmm
I found the one I made to be really doughy. The texture should be a bit more pastry like, right? or in between. Of course I am basing this on the only King Cake we tried in NOLA from Sucré.
The one I make is essentially brioche- filled with cinnamon sugar, rolled, baked and then iced. Sweet and indulgent- LOVE IT!!
Yeah. exactly like brioche. okay I’ll have to try your recipe next time then.
It is dangerous… it makes TWO!! 🙂
nope yours looks perfect! if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! But you could try and fill it with apples…or whatever. unless you don’t like the filled kind.
I like it all 🙂
So what if the dessert is a few day later…. Spreading out the feast allows a greater appreciation of each course! Your Jambalaya looks fantastic – hope we get a look at that cake too 🙂
Thanks! I may have to try a new King Cake after your request for a post…. (my family may freak out though!!) 🙂
I ALWAYS love trying something new- but sometimes I don’t want to mess with perfection 🙂
Your jambalaya looks delicious!
Thank you!! My son loves the clams 🙂
Your son has excellent taste!
so true 🙂
Yum, Jambalaya! There is a N’awlins restaurant back home and I miss it terribly – your recipe really just brought all those wonderful memories back. I’m a huge fan of jambalaya – so much flavor. Looks fantastic!
Thank you- I am a huge fan too. Spicy… loaded with STUFF 🙂 Let me know if you try this version!
Oh, I was so keen to try this but we don’t get canned clams here 😦
The original recipe called for 1 cup of clam juice… I substituted clams with their juice and an extra 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Not essential at all!! The andouille, shrimp and chicken stand out much more. Try it! 🙂
Great, thanks! Might also have to substitute the andouille for a different smoked sausage too. Sounds good!
Wow, this sounds fabulous, Josette! I hope I spelled your name right. Didn’t get enough sleep last night and have been calling people all kinds of made-up names, lol…. I think I’m going to borrow your recipe next time, sounds much better than mine. Probably tastes better too with shrimps and clams. I don’t eat a lot of fish, but I do enjoy shrimps and clams, and calamari! 🙂
Thanks! (Perfect spelling of Josette too) I don’t eat much seafood either– My husband and son gobble up most of the shrimp, actually. 🙂 Your jambalaya was BEAUTIFUL!! Lovely chicken slices placed on top…. mine was hand shredded and mixed in! more rustic 🙂
Btw, I’m just about to give Julianna your recipe. I know a good recipe when I saw one! 🙂
This looks incredibly flavorful. 🙂
Thank you– the sausage (& touch of cayenne) give it a spicy kick.
Spicy is good in this house. 🙂
This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.
Perfect for Mardi Gras!! Enjoy! 🙂