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Easy Jambalaya Recipe

The true definition of southern comfort.

by Isaac Toups
Dec 11 2018, 2:00pm

Photo by Heami Lee

Servings: 4
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 2 hours


1 pound chicken legs and thighs
2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 ribs celery, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 fresh cayenne pepper, stemmed and minced
6 cups chicken stock
1 pound andouille sausage, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 cups long grain rice
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced


1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Add the chicken and cook, flipping once, until browned all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.

2. Heat the remaining oil in the saucepan. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until dark brown (like the color of chocolate), 6 minutes. Add the celery, bell pepper, and onion and cook for 1 minutes, then stir in the garlic and cayenne pepper. Cook 1 minute more, then stir in the stock. Bring to a low simmer over medium-low and stir in the 2 tablespoons salt. Simmer for 1 hour, then stir in the sausage and rice. Nestle the chicken on top, cover, and bake 30 minutes.

3. Carefully remove from the oven and stir in the butter and scallions. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.