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Cajun Jambalaya Recipe

By Martha Stewart Test Kitchen

We make this recipe to the T. No changes at all.


3 tablespoons safflower oil
1 ¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
¾ pound Andouille sausage, thinly sliced on bias
1 medium onion, cut into small pieces (2 cups)
2 ribs celery, cut into small pieces (1 cup)
1 small green bell pepper, cut into small pieces (1 cup)
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced (2 tablespoons)
2 cups long-grain white rice
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
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1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large enameled cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet. Cook, turning occasionally to brown chicken all over, about 8 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate, leaving oil in skillet.
2. Add sausage, cook turning once to brown, about 1 minute per side. Remove to plate with chicken, leaving oil in skillet. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining tablespoon oil, onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, scraping brown bits from bottom of pan and stirring occasionally, until very soft and golden, about 8 minutes.
3. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add bay leaf, paprika, cayenne, oregano, and thyme and continue to cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Return meat and any accumulated juices to skillet. Stir in broth, increase heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender, 20 minutes. Serve.