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Jambalaya: Under 30 Mins

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With Mardi Gras in full swing this week,  I wanted to make a meal that was filling for my families tummy and was quick to make. I remember trying Jambalaya one time during a super bowl party and thought to myself, this is not bad. Specially if you like spicy or creole foods. In my family we love both so I was excited to see how simple it was to make.

After doing some searching on the Internet I found a recipe from Zatarain’s. If you have never heard of Zatarain’s before now, they can be found at your grocery store in the aisle with rice dishes. They are known for their New Orleans style side dishes such as Jambalaya, Yellow and Dirty Rice.

Like most recipes, the preparation is time consuming but once you take a bite of that delicious meal it’s all worth while.

Remember my saying, I wouldn’t consider myself a “foodie” just a regular mom that enjoys cooking or baking desserts for my family.

Meals that are simple, easy to prepare and quick is right up on my wish list on those busy days.

Sharing is caring so I am sending my love with this recipe.


You will need:

One box of  Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix Original

Two & 1/2 Cups of Water

1/2 pound of Boneless Chicken Breast

1/2 pound of Smoked Sausage (Any Brand)

As desired you may use Green Onions for flavor



First I cut up the Chicken into small pieces then placed them in my sauce pan to cook. Using a little oil did help from the chicken sticking.

While the Chicken was cooking,  I began cutting the Smoked Sausages into pieces.

Once the Chicken was near cooked then I added the Sausages.

After mixing the Chicken and Sausage, I began pouring in the two & 1/2 cups of water then the rice mix.

I reduced the heat to low after it began to boil.

Just cover and simmer for 25 minutes, remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

I will tell you, it came out so good. I couldn’t believe how fast it was to make. My husband and sons were very impressed with the flavor too.

It wasn’t over the top spicy, but it was just right even for my 5 year old daughter.


Overall, it cost me about $10 (Includes the cost of the Chicken, Sausage and Rice Mix.

Prep time about 30 mins.

Give it a try and let me know how you make out!


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Hi, I'm Michele. So glad to see that you stopped by Sunshine and Flip Flops. My blog is devoted to easy recipe creations for busy families like my own, traveling with family, and tips on everyday life solutions. Did I also forget to say? I'm from Central Florida, so bring on the warm weather, flip flops, beaches, and chilled beverages!

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