Celebrate Mardi Gras at home with an absolutely irresistible Jambalaya Skillet loaded with colorful veggies, tender bold blackened chicken, Zatarain’s Andouille Smoked Sausage, and Cajun-spiced rice! This Jambalaya Skillet is a party all of its own! Let the good times roll! If you love this, you will also love this Seafood Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice and Shrimp Etouffee.
Disclosure: I partnered with Zatarain’s Smoked Sausage for this recipe post, but all opinions expressed here are my own. I am grateful for authentic partnerships like this.
Mardi Gras is almost here y’all!, and that’s why I’m sharing an incredible Andouille and Blackened Chicken Jambalaya Skillet today filled with Zatarain’s Smoked Sausage! It is truly an ode to my absolute favorite food city in the world, New Orleans, and it is the perfect recipe to feed to your family right at your home dinner table!
In 2016, I made my first pilgrimage to Louisiana for work, and by 2018 I’d been there about 5 times. New Orleans is simply a city that I can’t get enough of! Full of adventure, music, and excitement, this historic city holds a special place in my heart. And y’all, I cannot wait to go back!
Though I absolutely adore the energy of the city, it’s truly the food that keeps calling my name. From catfish and grits from Brigtsen’s to the ultimate jazz brunch at Antoine’s, there is crave-worthy food on just about every corner. With each trip I discover something new and exciting, yet still somehow rich with familiarity.
Today, I have the pleasure of partnering with a New Orleans’ classic: Zatarain’s Smoked Sausage! While large-scale gatherings and events have been put on hold for the safety and health of our communities during the pandemic, that doesn’t mean Mardi Gras has been cancelled – it’s just going to be different! This year, Zatarain’s Smoked Sausage is inviting all of us to help save Mardi Gras by taking the holiday back to its core – classic, flavorful New Orleans food.
With Mardi Gras right around the corner, I’m reminded that just because we can’t celebrate right on St. Charles Avenue doesn’t mean we can’t have an incredible intimate celebration at home with our loved ones around the dinner table! This Andouille and Blackened Chicken Jambalaya Skillet is chock-full of bright, unique flavors and hearty ingredients. With the help of a few of Zatarain’s signature products, we’re on our way to the Mardi Gras family dinner of a lifetime!
HOW TO MAKE JAMBALAYA IN A SKILLET
Jambalaya is a classic Creole dish and, today, we’re putting an easy yet insanely flavorful spin on it. Using Zatarain’s high-quality, natural products, we’re whipping up an Andouille and Blackened Chicken Jambalaya Skillet that goes toe-to-toe with some of the BEST food New Orleans has to offer!
Check out the ingredients we’re working with:
- Chicken Thighs are always ideal when you’re looking for tender, juicy meat that doesn’t dry out fast. Thighs are known for retaining moisture and soaking up lots of flavor. Not a fan of thighs? Skin-on chicken breasts can also be used here.
- Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Blackened Seasoning is a heat filled blend of various spices that brings the flavors of New Orleans right to your kitchen. This is my go-to seasoning for fish, chicken, or even steak!
- Olive or Vegetable Oil will help to crisp up that chicken skin, render fat, and create depth of flavor.
- Zatarain’s Andouille Smoked Sausage is made with 100% pork and perfectly seasoned! It also contains no artificial colors or flavors, no by-products, no MSG, and is gluten free. BIG WIN! It is a wonderful addition for stewed beans, soups, and rice dishes like this one. I absolutely LOVE the subtle heat and richness Zatarain’s Andouille Sausage adds to this skillet. It really is the STAR!
- Onion, Bell Pepper, and Celery are the holy trinity of Southern cooking. Together, they add aroma, texture, and earthy flavor.
- Roma Tomatoes are full of sweet juice that bursts with each bite. I find that tomatoes brighten up this dish and offer a lovely addition of color.
- Zatarain’s Family-Size Rice Dinner Mix is the perfect way to enjoy the soul of New Orleans cooking in your own home. Trust me, these boxes have got the family-size portions and the family-sized flavors to match.
- Chicken Stock is not only the liquid in which we’re cooking the rice, but it’s also a wonderful addition of flavor. If you’re short on stock, broth or just about any other variety of stock will work. Even water in a pinch!
- Parsley just adds some vibrant color and a POP of herby taste!
LEFTOVER STORAGE AND REHEATING FOR JAMBALAYA SKILLET
The best way to store leftover jambalaya is to allow it to completely cool to room temperature, then store it in an air-tight container. Before storing, I like to divide the leftovers into individual portions for easier reheating. Refrigerated jambalaya will keep for up to 4 days.
To reheat: spoon the jambalaya onto a microwave-safe plate or bowl (if it’s already in a microwave-safe container, just remove the lid), then layer a moistened paper towel over the top. Heat the jambalaya for 30-60 seconds or until steaming hot. You might want to mix around the rice halfway, just to make sure everything is evenly heated through.
Alternatively, jambalaya can be reheated on the stovetop. Preheat a non-stick skillet to medium heat, add a tablespoon of water broth to the skillet, and pour in the jambalaya. Allow the rice and meat to reheat for about 5 minutes, mixing occasionally.
GRANDBABY CAKES’ BEST NEW ORLEANS-INSPIRED RECIPES
When I can’t make my way down South for that Cajun fare fix, I make it myself. Take a trip with me by whipping up some of the BEST food New Orleans has to offer! Try pairing my Jambalaya Skillet with some of the recipes below to really have an explosive Mardi Gras celebration.
Check ‘em out:
- CARNIVAL JAMBALAYA
- NEW ORLEANS HURRICANE
- THE BEST SHRIMP PO’ BOY
- AUTHENTIC NEW ORLEANS BEIGNETS
- RED BEANS AND RICE
Andouille and Blackened Chicken Jambalaya Skillet
- 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs sliced
- 2 tsp Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning
- 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
- 14 oz Zatarain’s Andouille Smoked Sausage sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 1/2 cup yellow onion diced
- 1/2 cup green bell peppers diced
- 1/2 cup celery diced
- 1 cup roma tomatoes 2 medium, diced
- 12 oz Zatarain’s Family Size Jambalaya Rice Dinner Mix
- 3 3/4 cup chicken stock or broth or water
- parsley for garnish
- Add the sliced chicken to a mixing bowl and season with Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning. Toss the chicken in the spice blend to thoroughly combine. Place in the bowl in the refrigerator covered and allow the chicken to marinate anywhere from 10 minutes (slight heat) to 3 hours (insane major heat!).
- When ready to cook, remove from the refrigerator and allow it to come back to room temperature.
- In a 4-quart dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the chicken to the pot. Cook the chicken for 5 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through. Remove from the pan and keep warm on a platter.
- Add the sliced Zatarain’s Andouille Smoked Sausage to the pot. Brown the sausage for 2-3 minutes then remove half and add to the platter to stay warm.
- Add the diced onion, bell pepper, and celery to the pot. Sauté the veggies for 2 minutes, or until they appear glossy.
- Next, add the diced tomatoes to the pot. Sauté them with the rest of the ingredients for 2 minutes more.
- Stir the entire pouch of Zatarain’s Family Size Jambalaya Rice Dinner Mix into the pot, ensuring that you incorporate the grains of rice and spice mixture completely.
- Pour the chicken stock (or water) into the pot and stir well. Bring the liquid in the pot up to a boil.
- Once the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Simmer the jambalaya for 25 minutes.
- After 25 minutes, turn the heat off completely. Allow the pot to sit on the warm burner for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, fluff the Jambalaya, top with the sliced chicken thighs and remaining sausage, along with some parsley, and serve.