Weeknight Kid Friendly Jambalaya – By now you all should know my MO. I use up what we have in the pantry and the fridge. However, the other obstacle that I have is to contend with is making these meals kid friendly. This past week I made a new dish that checked all of the boxes. Ingredients used from the pantry, check. Use up what was in the freezer, check. Kid friendly and approved, check and check. Delicious, CHECK. Please allow me to now introduce Weeknight Kid Friendly Jambalaya. You will be glad that I did.
Weeknight Kid Friendly Jambalaya
Don’t get me wrong. This Weeknight Kid Friendly Jambalaya meal is for kids both young and old alike. It is a modification of a classic southern Jambalaya that can be easily modified to meet individual tastes, and as an added bonus it allows you to use what you have on hand.
In my version I used a turkey Italian sausage for three reasons. The first reason is because I had it on hand. The second is because my kids love it, and the third is that it is a healthier alternative to other types of sausage.
A jar of your favorite salsa helps to quickly season this dish to your liking. If you or your kids like it a little spicier, then use a hotter salsa. My kids are right in the middle, so I used a mild salsa and allowed the other kids that like a little more spice to dash or two of Tabasco sauce.
If I was preparing this Weeknight Kid Friendly Jambalaya for company or for older kids that are more adventurous, I would add some jumbo shrimp, which is typical for a jambalaya. I did leave it out because the majority of our kids aren’t big fans of shrimp. Also, if I can be completely honest with you, I didn’t have any shrimp to add and I did not want to run to the store. As Dan always says, don’t judge me. No one missed those little crustaceans.
This Weeknight Kid Friendly Jambalaya is a snap to put together. It goes together very quickly and boasts a lot of flavor. It is a great go to recipe in the middle of the week when you are sick of takeout. By the time that it would take you to call for a pizza and wait for delivery, you can have this meal ready. Take my advice and give this one a try. Trust me, you will love it. -Scott
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Weeknight Kid Friendly Jambalaya
- 1 lb Chicken breasts boneless and skinless, cubed
- 2 links Italian sausage sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup salsa
- 2 cups rice
- 1/4 cup fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley fine chop
- 1 tomato diced
- salt & pepper to tasted
- tobasco sauce optional
Heat olive oil over med heat in a large skillet.
Add sausage and cook until sausage is almost cooked and takes on a golden color.
Remove sausage from pan and set aside.
In the same skillet add the cubed chicken and cook until chicken is cooked. This will only take several minutes. Make sure to brown chicken on all sides.
Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
Add rice to skillet and stir continuously for 1-2 minutes.
Stir in chicken broth.
Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
Allow to cook for approximately 8 minutes.
Add chicken, sausage, salsa and parsley.
Cover and allow to cook until most of the liquid is absorbed by the rice and the rice is tender, approximately another 4 minutes. If you are adding shrimp, I would add the shrimp into the skillet at this time.
You may need to stir from time to time to make certain that the rice is not sticking to the skillet.
When serving add the fresh tomato to the top of each portion. You may also choose to add some additional fresh parsley when servicing as well.