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Skillet Jambalaya Recipe: Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinner

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Skillet Jambalaya

If you’re looking for a quick, delicious, and easy one-pan meal, this Skillet Jambalaya recipe is perfect for you. It’s a flavorful mix of chicken, sausage, shrimp, and rice, all cooked in a single skillet for easy cleanup.

With just a few simple steps, you’ll have a hearty dish that’s perfect for any night of the week. The combination of Creole spices and fresh ingredients like garlic, onions, and peppers will make your taste buds dance. Plus, you can have it ready in about 30 minutes!

Give this traditional Southern dish a try, and you’ll see why it’s a favorite for so many. Your family will love the robust flavors, and you’ll appreciate how easy and quick it is to prepare.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)


Here’s what you need for a delicious skillet jambalaya:

  • Chicken: Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. You can substitute turkey if you prefer.
  • Sausage: Andouille sausage is traditional, but kielbasa or chorizo works too.
  • Shrimp: Fresh or frozen, make sure they’re peeled and deveined.
  • Olive Oil: For cooking. Canola or vegetable oil are good substitutes.
  • Onion: Yellow or white onions are ideal.
  • Bell Peppers: Red, green, or yellow. Any type works.
  • Celery: Optional, but adds great flavor.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves. You can use garlic powder, but fresh is better.
  • Cajun Seasoning: Store-bought or homemade. Adjust the spice level to your liking.
  • Rice: Long grain white rice is perfect. Brown rice or cauliflower rice can be used as substitutes.
  • Chicken Broth: Adds depth of flavor. Vegetable broth can be used instead.
  • Tomatoes: Canned diced tomatoes are convenient. Fresh tomatoes chopped finely can work as well.
  • Bay Leaf: Optional but adds a nice flavor.

Tips for Substitutes

  • Vegetarian Option: Replace meats with extra vegetables like zucchini or mushrooms.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the amount of cajun seasoning or cayenne pepper to control heat.
  • Low-Sodium: Use low-sodium chicken broth and watch the salt in your cajun seasoning.

By having these ingredients and flexible substitute options, you can easily whip up a flavorful skillet jambalaya tailored to your tastes and dietary needs.


  1. Prepare the Ingredients
    Gather chicken, shrimp, sausage, creole seasoning, rice, garlic, onions, bell peppers, celery, olive oil, butter, flour, broth, and tomatoes.

  2. Season the Meat
    Combine your seasonings and coat the chicken and shrimp.

  3. Cook the Meat
    Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken and cook until golden. Set aside. Then, brown the sausage and set aside.

  4. Sauté the Veggies
    In the same skillet, add more olive oil if needed. Cook garlic, onions, and peppers for 3-4 minutes.

  5. Add More Ingredients
    Stir in the rice and continue to sauté for a few more minutes. Then, lower the heat and add butter and flour, stirring well.

  6. Combine and Cook
    Add the cooked chicken and sausage back into the skillet. Pour in the broth and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer.

  7. Finish Cooking
    Let the jambalaya cook for 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes.

  8. Final Touches
    Fluff the jambalaya, add the shrimp, and stir gently. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

Enjoy your delicious skillet jambalaya!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Using fresh ingredients like onions, peppers, and celery can make your dish more flavorful. If you are in a hurry, frozen veggies work too.

Cut all your ingredients before you start cooking. Having everything prepped makes the cooking process smoother and less stressful.

When cooking the chicken and shrimp, make sure to season them well. This adds depth to your jambalaya.

If you want a spicier dish, add extra hot sauce or cayenne pepper. Taste as you go to avoid over-seasoning.

For an even cook, use a skillet that’s at least 10 inches wide. This ensures your ingredients have enough space to cook evenly.

Stir your jambalaya occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the skillet. This also helps in mixing all the flavors together.


Allow your jambalaya to cool completely before storing.

Use airtight containers to keep your jambalaya fresh. Place it in the refrigerator if you plan to eat it within 3-4 days.

If you want to keep it longer, you can freeze it. It will stay good for up to 2-3 months in the freezer.

Reheating: To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight if frozen. Heat in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through. Add a bit of water or broth if it looks dry.

By following these tips and tricks, you can enjoy a delicious skillet jambalaya every time!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions


  • Protein Choices: You can use chicken, shrimp, sausage, or a mix of these. Try using andouille sausage for a spicier kick.
  • Vegetarian Option: Substitute meats with beans or extra vegetables like zucchini and mushrooms.
  • Rice Alternatives: Swap white rice for brown rice or quinoa for a healthier twist.
  • Spice Levels: Adjust the Cajun seasoning based on your taste. Add more if you like it spicy or reduce it for a milder dish.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Garnishes: Top with chopped green onions or fresh parsley for a pop of color.
  • Side Dishes: Serve with cornbread, a fresh salad, or even some crusty bread to soak up the flavors.
  • Accompaniments: A dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of shredded cheese can add a creamy touch.
  • Beverages: Pair with a cold beer or a glass of lemonade to balance the spices.
Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.