May 27, 2017

Chicken Chorizo and Prawn Jambalaya

cajun spice mix

Chicken Chorizo and Prawn Jambalaya


Jambalaya always reminds me of my honeymoon. It was our last stop on our American Tour and we were in Washington DC, sitting on the pavement of a lovely restaurant watching the world go by and enjoying a beautiful meal. I had ordered a Goats Cheese Salad and my husband had a desire for a Jambalaya, however, on this occasion, the Jambalaya arrived as a pasta dish rather than rice, which rather surprised me, however, my husband enjoyed it and it was a tasty twist on the original.


I certainly prefer a rice based Jambalaya so here is my version. You are going to need a Cajun Spice Mix and I have added my home-made version here. A store-bought mix will do but it will not be as tasty and it may have an excess amount of salt included.


As always, I like to keep things healthy, so you will find the addition of extra vegetables and a reduced amount of meat and rice in this recipe or why not try the SYN free Jambalaya.



Chicken Chorizo and Prawn Jambalaya


1 large onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 tsp. Virgin Olive Oil

2 chicken breasts

½ chorizo ring

1 carrot

1 celery stick

1 pepper (any colour)

1 cup of rice, I like to use wild or brown rice but you can use white

1 tbsp. Cajun spice mix (you can find the recipe here)

1 tin of tomatoes

1 litre chicken stock

1 cup of cooked prawns

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 fresh red chilli

Salt and pepper to taste


  • Finely chop onion and garlic and fry in the olive oil on a medium heat for 8 minutes
  • Cut the chicken into small chunks and add to the pan stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through
  • Add finely chopped chorizo
  • Clean and grate the carrot, finely slice the celery and de-seed and chop the pepper and add to the pan, stir together and cook for a further 2 – 3 minutes
  • Stir in the rice and mix thoroughly before adding the Cajun spice mix, tinned tomatoes and chicken stock
  • Reduce to a low heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes
  • Add the prawns and cook for a further 10 minutes (if you use wild or brown rice you will need to add 5 – 10 minutes to the cooking time)
  • Serve in large bowls with a squeeze of lemon juice and decorate with lemon zest, add some finely chopped red chilli if desired


If you like rice based dishes, I highly recommend my Beef Donburi – Japanese Rice Bowl Recipe.

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Author:Sandra McEwan

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