Jambalaya is the quintessential one-pot recipe with chicken, smoked sausage, red sauce, and rice. This stovetop version is overflowing with flavor and perfect for a weekday dinner.
One question I get emailed or messaged a lot is if there is a way to make the Forgotten Once Jambalaya slow cooker recipe on the stovetop?
Of course, there is!
In fact, it’s really easy and pretty fast. I tend to keep all of the ingredients on hand in the pantry, fridge, and freezer just in case I need to whip up a quick and amazing tasting jambalaya. No offense to the boxed versions, but why wouldn’t you make jambalaya from scratch when it doesn’t take that much longer? A Facebook friend of mine, who lived in Louisiana for over 20-some years moved back to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada recently. He says that one of the biggest things he misses is the food. Then, the other day he was out shopping and he was so excited because he finally found a store that sold Zatarain.
It’s not hard. Jambalaya is not as complex as a gumbo can be or it’s not that time-consuming like a pot of red beans.
Sure you can keep some Zatarain’s boxes in your pantry for a quick 20-minute meal, or you can keep some staple ingredients on hand – which you probably already do – and make something built around flavor.
I always keep extra chicken in the freezer along with smoked sausage; I usually always have the trinity on hand plus da pope – you know, onions, bell peppers, celery, and garlic; there’s always rice, canned broth, and Rotel tomatoes in the pantry; then I have a cabinet of herbs and spices for whatever it is I need.
And that’s everything you need for this recipe. So, if you need to plan out a meal and you plan on serving jambalaya for the big game, a potluck, birthday party, holiday party, a family reunion, make the slow cooker jambalaya; or, if you suddenly decided that you crave that Forgotten Once Jambalaya recipe and you want it fast! this recipe is for you and your family!
I mentioned this is the slow cooker version article, but this has some bite to it with the Rotel with chiles, the hot sauce, and the red pepper. If you want your jambalaya on the milder side, don’t include the hot sauce – serve that at the table – and lower the amount of red pepper you put in. Start low then adjust the more often you make this.
The Stovetop Forgotten Once Jambalaya is fast to prepare and cook. It’s easy, tastes amazing, and it’s unforgettable.
Try it and tell me what you think about it in the comment section below. I’m curious to hear what you think. But I think that you’ll enjoy this version just as much as I do.
After dicing all of the meats and vegetables, in a large heavy pot, saute the sausage pieces in olive oil. Once the sausage is to your liking – I like mine dark and crisp – with a slotted spoon, remove and set aside.
Add the bite-sized chicken pieces to the pot and saute until it is mostly done and no longer pink.
Add the diced vegetables and garlic and saute until softened.
Return the sausage to the pot along with the Rotel tomatoes, tomato paste, seasonings, and chicken stock.
Add the rice to the pot and mix it in there really good. Cover and simmer.
A NOTE ON THE RICE:
I recommend using long-grain white rice when cooking jambalaya. I made this once using brown rice thinking that I was going for a healthier approach but it takes longer to cook and some of the rice will have a crunchy texture to it. When cooking brown rice, you’ll need to double the cooking time for the rice to get tender – i.e. mushy. You’ll still find that some of the rice has a little crunch to it, to fix this, after putting the jambalaya on the plate to serve, I threw it in the microwave for about a minute – problem solved. But to avoid the problems, just use long-grain white rice in the first place.
The Stovetop Forgotten Once Jambalaya hot and fresh off the stove!
LAGNIAPPE: If you’re looking for a different way to serve this jambalaya, try my Stuffed Green Bell Peppers recipe that uses jambalaya as the stuffing. Here is the recipe for the popular slow cooker version of the Forgotten Once Jambalaya. There’s also a nice guide to some of the best places to find jambalaya in New Orleans.
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