Jambalaya Express

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I was forwarded a similar recipe from my friend.  It was from a Company’s Coming cookbook and took an hour to make, so here is my quick ‘under 30 minute’ version!  Its tasty and got a BIG thumbs up from the hubby (he went for seconds).

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Makes 3 servings (approx 6 cups)


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 c onion, chopped
  • 1 c celery, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (or 1 tsp jarred)
  • 2 chicken breasts halves–approx 8oz (use pre-cooked or rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 package pre-cooked brown rice eg. Uncle Bens bistro express
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 can (14oz) stewed tomatoes, broken up–less sodium if you can find
  • 1-2 tsp franks hot sauce (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp of each pepper, dried thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper
  • 15 medium raw shrimp, peeled
  • 3/4 c turkey kielbasa, diced (or other lean turkey sausage).  Eg. Butterball Turkey Kielbasa


Heat olive oil in skillet pan, add chicken (if cooking from raw) & cook for 5 min.  Add onion, celery, garlic, peppers. Saute for 5 min on medium, add kielbasa, chicken (if already cooked) spices & cook for 2-3 minutes together.

Add in pre-cooked brown rice and stewed tomatoes & water. Cook for a few minutes until the rice absorbs some of the liquid.  Then add shrimp. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the shrimp is no longer pink.  Serve!

Nutrition per serving (approx. 2 cups)

Calories: 365  Fat: 9.5g  Carbs: 35g  Fibre: 4g  Sugars: 7g Protein: 34g