Healthy Chicken Jambalaya


This leaner take on jambalaya features much less andouille sausage than the classic (health-conscious chef Rocco DiSpirito prefers chicken and turkey andouille). To make up for the assertively spiced meat, DiSpirito amps up the rice with chipotle chile powder and adobo seasoning, a zesty spice blend of garlic, oregano and black pepper. Slideshow:  More Chicken Recipes  Recipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners. 

Healthy Chicken Jambalaya
Photo: © Fredrika Stjärne
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 pound), cut into 2-inch pieces

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1 andouille sausage (about 3 ounces), sliced 1/2 inch thick

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning

  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

  • 1 cup long-grain rice

  • 2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth

  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed


  1. In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the sausage to the skillet and cook until lightly browned on both sides, about 2 minutes. Add the sausage to the plate with the chicken.

  2. Add the onion, pepper and garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add the adobo seasoning and chile powder and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until well coated and just beginning to brown, about 1 minute. Stir in the stock, black beans, chicken and sausage and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Cover and cook over moderately low heat until the rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes, then fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

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