Fast and Easy Jambalaya

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Turn classic Cajun jambalaya into your very own specialty by adding a secret twist—leftover chicken from last night, just perfect for soaking up the tangy sauce.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 4

1/2
teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/4
lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3
tablespoons vegetable oil
1
cup chopped onions
1
package (12 oz) smoked Polish or kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1
jar (16 oz) Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky picante sauce (any variety)
1
can (14.5 oz) Italian-stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 1/4
cups Green Giant™ Steamers™ frozen sweet peas
2 2/3
cups hot cooked instant rice

  • 1 Sprinkle lemon-pepper seasoning and garlic powder over chicken cubes. In 12-inch skillet or 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink in center.
  • 2 Stir in onions and sausage; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in picante sauce and tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium; cook 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 Stir in peas; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until peas are tender. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Expert Tips

Jambalaya, a Creole classic, varies widely depending on the cook. Some say this dish got its name from the French word for ham (jambon), which was the main ingredient in many of the first jambalayas.

This recipe was created by Sharon Nank of Granger, IN and was a finalist in a national recipe contest.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
780
(
Calories from Fat
350),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
39g
39%
(Saturated Fat
12g,
12%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
135mg
135%;
Sodium
2340mg
2340%;
Total Carbohydrate
58g
58%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
15g
15%
),
Protein
48g
48%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 5 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.