I have never even had Jambalaya before, so I thought the best way to have it for the first time would be to make it myself and make it as healthy as possible. Traditionally, it has sausage in it, but I left it out and it didn’t taste like it was missing it either.
- 1 large chicken breast, pre-cooked and chopped
- 20 frozen king prawns (peeled), defrosted
- 2 handfuls of brown rice
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- Cajun seasoning (1tbsp paprika, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp ground coriander, 1 tbsp dried chili flakes)
- Tin chopped tomatoes
- 750ml/3 cups homemade stock
- 3 bay leafs
- 4 tbsp chopped parsley
1) Cook the onion, garlic, celery and red pepper in some spray oil for 3 minutes until softened. Add the prawns and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2) Add the brown rice, stir and cook for 1 minute.
3) Add the cooked chicken, Cajun seasoning, stock, tomatoes, half the parsley and bay leaf. Cook for 30-40 minutes, until the rice is done. The pan will start to dry out, so keep adding a little bit more water. The dish will be finished when the rice is cooked (keep tasting it) and then you have cooked off the remaining liquid.
4) Remove bay leafs and serve with parsley sprinkled on top.