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This Chicken and Sausage Penne Jambalaya is my delicious personal take on a classic recipe, loaded with chicken and Italian sausage that will be ready in only 30 minutes!
Chicken And Sausage Penne Jambalaya
One of my favorite dishes to order whenever I go out to a restaurant is jambalaya. I used to only ever order it out because I thought it would be complicated to make, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! This recipe is so simple and tasty to whip up and the best part is it’ll be on your table in only 30 minutes.
This is a recipe recipe from my book, a favorite of mine, a penne jambalaya with chicken and sausage. This is a perfect dish to make at home after a busy day at work, because it’s a no fuss recipe, all done in one skillet.
What Is Jambalaya?
Jambalaya is a Louisiana origin dish with lots of Spanish and French influence. It consists mainly of meat and vegetables mixed with rice. Traditionally, this dish always includes sausage of some sort such as andouille, along with other meat or seafood.
One bite of this super easy jambalaya and you’ll forget about ever ordering it out again. If you want to kick this recipe up a notch, use spicy Italian sausages, after all, jambalaya is meant to be spicy. Some good Italian sausages will really take this jambalaya over the top.
- Chicken – I used breast for this recipe but thighs would work just as well.
- Seasoning – Salt, pepper and chili powder are all we’re going to need.
- Sausage – I’ve made this dish with Italian sausage, andouille sausage or any smoked sausages but feel free to try others such as chorizo, andouille, or even kielbasa.
- Aromatics – Fresh onion and garlic are our aromatics for this dish. If minced is all you have on hand just keep in mind that 1 teaspoons is equivalent to one fresh clove.
- Veggies – Bell pepper, any color you please, and canned diced tomatoes.
- Broth – Low sodium chicken broth is best as we want to control our sodium content.
- Pasta – I used penne as we want something that really hold onto our sauce but any larger shaped pasta will do. If you’re not feeling pasta this dish is beautiful served over rice.
- Hot sauce – Feel free to use your favorite! If you’re scared of the heat opt out of using any.
- Garnish – Fresh sliced green onion and cilantro to sprinkle liberally on top!
This is an incredibly easy jambalaya recipe that you can whip together in just 30 minutes, so let’s get started.
To start, you need to season your chicken with chili powder, salt and pepper. Once your chicken is properly seasoned, add it to the skillet along with the sausage and cook it for about 6 minutes until the chicken and sausage start to brown.
Next, you’ll need to add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes until the onion gets a bit translucent. Now, stir in the garlic and cook for just another 30 seconds or so until fragrant.
Now, we can basically add the rest of the ingredients to the dish and finish cooking. To do so, add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, penne, hot sauce and stir really well. Bring to a boil, then you’ll need to lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. You’ll need to stir occasionally to avoid the pasta from sticking to the skillet.
To complete this dish I like to garnish it with some fresh green onions and cilantro or parsley and it’s all ready to serve and enjoy.
What Else Can I Use In This Jambalaya?
Chicken and sausage are a staple in traditional recipes, but so is shrimp! Feel free to add as much shrimp as you like to this dish, tails on, to really punch up this dish.
The traditional recipe just calls for onion, celery, bell pepper, and in some cases tomato. But seeing as this is a one pot dish feel free to add any veggies you’d like! Carrots, diced potatoes, and zucchini are all delectable additions.
- This dish is amazing served over rice if you don’t have pasta on hand!
- Now there are 2 types of Jambalaya and those types are creole or cajun. My version today is Creole as it uses tomatoes, but you can axe this ingredient for a Cajun dish.
- If you’d like to make your own creole spice blend just mix: garlic & onion powder, paprika, cayenne, dried oregano, thyme, and basil. It’ll send this recipe to the moon!
Different Sausages To Use For Jambalaya
- Jambalaya is great with a Mexican chorizo sausage.
- Andouille sausage which is a smoked sausage made from pork.
- You can also use Kielbasa which is a Polish sausage. It’s flavoured with caraway seeds and made with pork. It’s delicious!
This recipe will last well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 – 4 days. If you’d like to freeze this recipe you may want to only make the sauce and store for up to 3 months, thaw in the fridge over night and make the pasta fresh as needed.
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Other Delicious Pasta Recipes To Try
- Roasted Red Pepper And Pecan Pesto Penne
- Baked Penne With Italian Sausage
- Crack Chicken Penne
- Tomato Basil And Spinach Penne
- Penne With Prosciutto Tomatoes and Zucchini
- Italian Pasta Salad
- Cajun Chicken Pasta
- One Pot Creamy Parmesan Pasta
- 6 ounce chicken breast ((1 breast) skinless boneless, cut small pieces)
- ½ teaspoon chili powder (mild)
- ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 links Italian sausage (cut in 1 inch pieces)
- 1 small onion (chopped)
- ½ medium bell pepper (chopped)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 28 ounces diced tomatoes ((1 can) juice included)
- 1 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
- 8 ounces penne (uncooked)
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 2 green onions (chopped)
- 4 sprigs cilantro (or parsley, chopped)
- Season the chicken with chili powder, salt and pepper.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken and sausage to the skillet and cook for 6 minutes just until the chicken and sausage start to brown.
- Add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes until the onion is translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
- Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, penne and hot sauce to the skillet; stir well.
- Cook for 15 minutes until the penne is al dente, stirring occasionally.
- Garnish with green onions and cilantro.
- Feel free to substitute the Italian sausage with kielbasa, chorizo or smoked sausage.
- If you don’t like cilantro then you can substitute with parsley for garnish.
- This recipe will last well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 – 4 days. If you’d like to freeze this recipe you may want to only make the sauce and store for up to 3 months, thaw in the fridge over night and make the pasta fresh as needed.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.