New Orleans Jambalaya

New Orleans Jambalaya

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Ingredients 6 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 462 cals

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Original recipe yields 50 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 462 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 20 g
  • 31%
  • Carbs:
  • 27.2g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 40.1 g
  • 80%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 202 mg
  • 67%
  • Sodium:
  • 1272 mg
  • 51%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Chicken Marinade: In a large, shallow glass baking dish, mix together soy sauce, 4 tablespoons dried thyme, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 2 tablespoons paprika, 2 chopped onions and 2 tablespoons black pepper. Place the chicken in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  2. Saute bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until brown. Add the onion and garlic. Continue to cook 5 minutes. Mix in flour and sausage. Cook 5 minutes more; stirring frequently. Add the ham, thyme, cayenne, chicken stock, tomatoes, reserved juice and green peppers and bring to boil. Stir in rice and cover. Cook for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely and refrigerate.
  3. Two hours before you intend to serve the jambalaya, discard marinade and bake chicken breasts at 500 degrees F (250 degrees C) for 12 minutes, or until the flesh is firm when pressed with finger. Remove from oven. Cool and slice into bite-size pieces.
  4. Reduce oven's temperature to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Place covered jambalaya on large baking tray filled with to water. Bake until warm, about 2 hours.
  5. Just before serving the jambalaya, boil 5 quarts of water. Add the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes until they are firm to the touch. Drain well. Toss shrimp and chicken with jambalaya mixture and serve.
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  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.
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Excellent!!! I wanted to try this out for a weeknight dinner, so I made it in my slowcooker. I scaled the recipe down to 16 and it worked good in my 4Q cooker. I prepared the chicken to marinade over night. Then using precooked bacon and sausage, threw all the ingredients except the rice, chicken and shrimp in the slowcooker on low for about 10 hours. When I got home from work, I added the shrimp and turned the heat up to high for about 45 minutes. While that was finishing, I cooked the rice on the stovetop and added for the last half hour and baked the chicken in the oven and tossed with the finished product. My whole family loved it, even my picky 3 year old ate some.

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I modified this recipe a bit to make it easier to make. I skipped the marinade and just boiled two packs of boneless chicken breasts and then peeled them off the bone into chunks. I saved the liquid as my chicken stock. I then put the bacon in a pot and once it was cooked I dumped in the onions, greenpepper and garlic and cooked about 5 minutes. I skipped adding the flour and just added the seasonings, tomatoes, chicken stock, chicken chunks and kielbasa. I also added seasoning salt to taste. I let it cook for 1.5 hours then added 3 cups of rice(I like my jambalaya on the wet side. After 30 minutes I cut the heat and added a pound of shrimp. When they turned pink it was ready. I served this to a party of 15 and everyone loved it. Some even took some home.