Weeknight Kid-Friendly Jambalaya

4.37 from 22 votes

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Easy Jambalaya – By now you all should know my MO.  I like easy recipes that use what we have in the pantry and the fridge, and it has to be kid-friendly.

This past week I made a new dish that checked all of the boxes.

A dish is filled with Jambalaya and Rice
This easy jambalaya recipe goes together in just 30 minutes.

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya Recipe

  • Ingredients used from the pantry, check.
  • Use up what was in the freezer, check.
  • Kid-friendly dinner and approved, check, and check.
  • Delicious, CHECK.

Please allow me to now introduce this weeknight kid-friendly jambalaya recipe.

A skillet with a wooden spoon with Jambalaya and Sausage
The best jambalaya recipe is both easy and nutritious!

Don’t get me wrong. This chicken and sausage jambalaya recipe 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 a bonus it allows you to use what you have on hand.

In my version, I use turkey Italian sausage for three reasons.

  1. I had it on hand.
  2. My kids love it.
  3. It is a healthier alternative to other types of sausage.

What’s in this

  • Diced Chicken that you cut up or store-bought.
  • Italian Sausage
  • Olive Oil
  • Chicken Stock
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Rice
  • Salt & Pepper
A skillet and two dishes filled with Jambalaya and Chicken
Like all recipes, tailor this jambalaya recipe to fit your tastes.

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 mild salsa and allowed the other kids that like a little more spice to dash or two of Tabasco sauce.

How to make it for grown-ups

If I were preparing this jambalaya recipe 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 easy jambalaya recipe is a snap to put together, and it’s loaded with 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

A bowl of Jambalaya and Chicken breast
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya is the ideal weeknight family meal.


Weeknight Kid-Friendly Jambalaya

4.37 from 22 votes
This chicken and sausage jambalaya recipe from Platter Talk is fast and easy to make and is loved by everyone. Find out for yourself why we think this is the best jambalaya recipe you can make!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 people


  • 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.



Calories: 403kcal, Carbohydrates: 57g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 629mg, Potassium: 642mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 230IU, Vitamin C: 2.1mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Cajun
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Updated from the original post of September 10, 2015

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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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