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Chicken Jambalaya

serves 4-6 people


  • 1.5 kg/3 lbs chicken portions
  • 500 g/1 lb diced cooked ham
  • 500 g/ 1 lb shelled prawns
  • paprika
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pepper, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 500 ml/16 fl oz chicken stock
  • 200 g/ 7 oz long grain rice
  • fresh thyme or 2 teasp. dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce


Prepare the chicken portions by washing and patting dry with kitchen towel. Rub the skin with the paprika powder. Heat the oil in a large pan and brown the chicken on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. To the pan add the onion, celery, pepper and garlic and, turning the heat down to low, leave cook gently for about 10 minutes, until the onion is softened. Add the cooked ham, tomatoes, rice, sauce, salt, pepper,thyme and rice and stir in well. Add the chicken back into the pan and turn so as to coat in the sauce. Bring back to the boil then reduce the heat and leave to simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Stir in the prawns and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until they turn pink. Serve straight away.

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