This is one of my all time favourite meals, especially for in the winter as it’s quite warming but it’s also been good for lockdown as you can get a good few servings out of it. I have been so bored of cooking, but this meal is one I always look forward to. I’d love to tell you where the original recipe came from, but all I have is a sauce splattered bit of paper off my mum. One of the reasons I’m actually putting it in a blog is so I can go back to it when I can’t read it anymore. I always get questions about it as every time I make it I share it on Instagram stories, so here’s the recipe for how to make Jambalaya.
I won’t waffle too much, because I hate that about recipe posts. So basically it’s a dish that’s a bit like paella and risotto, and has so much in it – chicken, chorizo, prawns, peppers, tomatoes, onion, and a big splash of white wine. It comes from a mixture of influences including African, Spanish, French and Native American. Although it takes a while to make, it can easily feed a big family or give two of you servings for a couple of days. It’s Kieran’s favourite so I must be doing something right.
Ingredients: Serves 6, or a family of 4 with seconds, or 2 people for at least 2 days!
500g chicken thighs chopped into chunks
200g chorizo sliced (but to be honest I throw a whole one in rather than measure off 200g)
1 pack of prawns
1 onion chopped
2 peppers chopped – yellow and a red are nicest
1 tin chopped tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic
400g brown basmati rice
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp tumeric
200ml white wine – I never measure this I just put in a small glass and drink the rest
1 litre chicken stock
I’m sure most people won’t need to be told this but if you’re not really a whizz in the kitchen like I’m not, it really helps to have everything measured out, chopped, peeled, crushed etc before you start to make it, as it goes quite quick.
On a medium heat brown the chicken thighs until almost cooked through
Add the chorizo and cook for 3-4 mins
Next put the chopped onion and peppers in together and heat through while mixing for another 5 mins
Keep stirring, and crush in the garlic, followed by the spices and stir in for another few mins
Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and the wine (don’t forget to pour yourself one, it’s thirsty work)
Add the rice and mix in well, before adding the boiling chicken stock
Turn the heat down and simmer for about an hour until the rice is cooked. If it’s going too quick and the rice isn’t done enough then add more stock if necessary. If you have a lid for your pan it can go much quicker and only take about 45 minutes.
Once it’s almost done, add in the prawns which only take a few minutes to heat through.
It should end up looking like a big paella – dish out and enjoy with the rest of the bottle of wine.
Like I said it can store for a few days and just needs reheating in the microwave.
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