Healthy Jambalaya

I love eating Jambalaya, but I hate all the fat and sodium that goes into it.  I was inspired to make a healthier version of the famous New Orleans dish.  My son calls it “yummy rice”.  I love that I don’t have to make a different dinner for him.  We eat the same meal as a family, and I think it really helps grow my toddler’s palate.  What I love about this meal is the ability to control the intensity of the spiciness.  So go ahead, make this meal, and enjoy the guilt-free jambalaya without sacrificing flavor.


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pkg chicken andouille sausage, 1 1/2 links finely chopped, the rest sliced into rounds
  • 1 or 2 chicken breasts, cut up into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 large bell pepper (I used green because they were cheaper at the store)
  • 4 ribs celery with leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tomato, cut into larger, chunkier pieces
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
  • green onions, garnish (optional) I was out so I picked fresh parsley from my garden
  1. In a dutch oven heat the oil over medium-high heat.  
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes until lightly browned.  Stir frequently.  Remove and set aside.
  3. Add chopped sausage to the dutch oven and cook for 1 minute.  
  4. Add 2 tbsp of broth or water to deglaze the pan.
  5. Add the onion and sliced garlic until the onions are translucent.
  6. Add the bell peppers and celery.
  7. Lower the heat to medium-low.  Cover and stir occasionally for about 8 minutes until vegetables are softened.
  8. Add the diced tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes.
  9. Stir in the rice, then cook and cover for 5 minutes.
  10. Add salt and pepper, to taste
  11. Stir in the sliced sausage, shrimp, chicken, and chunky tomatoes
  12. Add chicken broth to deglaze the pot if dry.  Use more if needed.
  13. Cover and cook over low heat until shrimp and chicken are done, about 5 minutes.
  14. If you have extra liquid (see picture below) cook uncovered, until liquid is gone
  15. Garnish with green onions or parsley
  16. Enjoy!


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  • I just love it when someone is able to create a healthy recipe and the fact that your toddler eats with you is so right. Your dish looks so tasty!

  • Thank you! I make it a point to show my son a variety of foods early on in life 🙂

  • yummy will sure try this,nice blog hun:)

  • Oh I love jambalaya and I this healthy version. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Zoe

    I have not cooked Jambalaya before and keen to try cooking your healthy version.

    Your blog is great with lots of healthy mummy cooking. Happy to follow you for more 😀

  • looks yummy! just put your button on my blog. thanks for swapping with me!

  • I have to say, this has gone straight on my “to-eat” list. Looks fab!! x

  • This looks too delicious and like a perfect dinner 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Too funny! I have a healthy, quick jambalaya on my upcoming recipes too. This one looks awesome!

  • Hey this looks amazing wow I am glad you posted it I LOVE Jambalaya! I am excited to have this recipe thank you! AND thanks for stopping by the hop

  • Love Jambalaya and that is a recipe for me.
    I am following and enjoying your blog!! Meriem