Although we didn't get to the deep south of our American trip late last year we did get to experience a Jambalaya and I have to say it was a very soul filling food. So it was added to the must remake when home again! I would love to try some different variations on this as well. Here is my thermomix Chicken & Chorizo Jambalaya. I trust you will enjoy as much as I did.
If you've never had a Jambalaya before it's basically a spicy rice dish, filled with chorizo and all different types of vegetables in a tomato sauce. I had originally thought that it was more like a gumbo and had to cook for hours and hours, but after a little google searching - wowsers! quick, simple, cheap and full of flavour! Ticked all the boxes!
I trust that your family will enjoy it just as much as mine have :D
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Recipe inspired by BBCgoodfood
Please note the method to this recipe was updated on 1st June 2018
- 600g chicken thighs, cut into thin strips
- 1½ tablespoon ThermoFun Cajun Spice, divided
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 onion, peeled and halved
- 20g TM vegetable stock concentrate
- 200g chorizo, sliced
- 400g can tomatoes, diced
- 250g basmati rice
- 1000g boiling water from kettle
- 10g lime juice
- 1 red capsicum, sliced thinly
- large handful fresh coriander or parsley
- Make ThermoFun Cajun Spice and set aside.
- Boil kettle and pre heat ThermoServer.
- Combine the chicken with 1 tablespoon Cajun Spice and set aside.
- Wet and squeeze a sheet of baking paper. Line the upper layer of the Varoma tray. Twist the corners of the paper to make a shallow ‘bowl’ shape and place chicken onto the baking paper ‘bowl’. Be sure to keep the side vents exposed so steam can circulate freely.
- Place garlic, onion, ½ tablespoon Cajun spice and stock into TM bowl and chop 3 sec / speed 5. Scrape down.
- Add chorizo and sauté 5 mins / Varoma / speed 1 / Reverse / MC off.
- Add tomatoes and heat through 2 mins / Varoma / speed 1 / Reverse. Set aside in a preheated ThermoServer to keep warm.
No need to wash TM bowl.
- Pour boiling water into TM bowl. Weigh rice in simmering basket and rinse under cold tap until water runs clear. Carefully insert basket into TM bowl.
- Place assembled Varoma tray onto TM lid and cook 13 mins / Varoma / speed 1.
- Add capsicum and lime juice to Varoma and cook 5 mins / Varoma / speed 1.
- Once the steaming has completed, add the rice to ThermoServer and combine with tomatoes and chorizo mix. Stir through coriander/parsley (leaving a little aside to garnish).
- Serve rice with chicken and garnish with coriander or parsley.
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Kylie Thompson says
We love love this recipe but are entertaining & our visitors hate chicken thigh. Do you think i could use breast if it will be too dry?
Kylie I have only used chicken thighs. I think breasts will be ok though. Are you able to have a practise run? I'd love to hear how it goes. :)
Jenny Sullivan says
Easy and get to use the barons which I don't do as often as I should! Love the Cajun spice mix!
Kylie Thompson says
Looks delicious! So I could do it without the rice? & serve on bed of cauliflower rice or veggies
yes of course Kylie. :)
Mine mushed too. Love the flavour. I used Riverina Basmati
Amy Weissel says
Mine was nothing like the picture, the rice totally smushed esp. at the bottom. What did I do wrong? Is it definitely Basmati? Despite that it was delicious - next time I'll try leaving out the rice and water and then serve on steamed rice. (Maybe try arborio rice for a more risotto like meal too).
oh no Amy :( Yes it is definitely basmati. I did have issues with this recipe in the testing stages, but finally perfected it. So I'm wondering perhaps brands of basmati differ???
Leonie this dish is absolutely delicious. I added extra chorizo which possibly made it a little sticky but it was devine. My 10yo pushed through even though he found it a bit spicy. 10/10 this one :-)
That's so awesome to hear Melissa, yes it is a dish that needs to be out of the machine in a hurry or it gets sticky. But yah for your 10 yr old pushing through!
Will the rice get mushy, rather than separated grains?
Hi Pam, I would liken it actually to a risotto (which sounds better than saying it gets mushy!) lol! :)
delicious....... yum........... mouth watering
Thanks Mark, I do agree!