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Easy Chicken Jambalaya

Easy Chicken Jambalaya | 10 Meals in an Hour | Freezer Cooking | Main Course Meat | Meal Planning | Chicken Recipe

It’s no secret that we LOVE quick & easy freezer meals around here, especially ones that use budget-friendly ingredients!  Believe it or not, this tender, juicy, flavor-packed Chicken Jambalaya is a winner.  It’s uses mostly basic ingredients, whips up in minutes, then goes straight from the freezer to the crockpot to the table, all while tasting like you spent hours slaving away in the kitchen!

To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the sauce & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it right into the freezer–no cooking required!

You can use any type of chicken but my family much prefers the boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which are a darker, juicier meat and also tend to be cheaper than the boneless skinless breasts.

Easy Chicken Jambalaya | 10 Meals in an Hour | Freezer Cooking | Main Course Meat | Meal Planning | Chicken Recip

Here is what you need:

14oz. kielbasa turkey sausage
2-3 lbs. skinless,boneless chicken thighs
2-4 tablespoons butter(for cooking day only for cooked rice)
2 green bell peppers, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
4 stalks celery, chopped
2  10 oz. cans  Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 container vegetable or chicken stock
1 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup rice or box of Zatarians Jambalaya Rice mix (for cooking day only)
 
Easy Chicken Jambalaya | 10 Meals in an Hour | Freezer Cooking | Main Course Meat | Meal Planning | Chicken Recip 

Step 1: Dice green peppers and onion and set aside.

Easy Chicken Jambalaya | 10 Meals in an Hour | Freezer Cooking | Main Course Meat | Meal Planning | Chicken Recip

Step 2: Chop celery and set aside.

Easy Chicken Jambalaya | 10 Meals in an Hour | Freezer Cooking | Main Course Meat | Meal Planning | Chicken Recip

Step 3: Cut chicken into cubes; set aside.

Easy Chicken Jambalaya | 10 Meals in an Hour | Freezer Cooking | Main Course Meat | Meal Planning | Chicken Recip

Step 4: Slice sausage into bite size pieces; set aside.

Easy Chicken Jambalaya | 10 Meals in an Hour | Freezer Cooking | Main Course Meat | Meal Planning | Chicken Recip

Step 5: In a large bowl mix together: stock, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, diced peppers, onions, celery, cayenne, and red pepper flakes.

Easy Chicken Jambalaya | 10 Meals in an Hour | Freezer Cooking | Main Course Meat | Meal Planning | Chicken Recip

Step 6:Divide chicken and sausage into 2 gallon size freezer bags ( be sure to label bags first.) Divide sauce mixture over top chicken and sausage.

Easy Chicken Jambalaya | 10 Meals in an Hour | Freezer Cooking | Main Course Meat | Meal Planning | Chicken Recip

Step 7: Thaw if frozen; cook in crockpot on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours; until chicken is cooked. (Note-don’t worry if your chicken isn’t all the way thawed.  It can also cook from frozen, it might just take a little longer.)

Easy Chicken Jambalaya | 10 Meals in an Hour | Freezer Cooking | Main Course Meat | Meal Planning | Chicken Recip

Step 8: Once chicken is cooked, then cook rice according to package instructions ( I used a box of Zatarians Jambalaya Mix, instead of plain rice.) If using plain rice, add butter to rice and top with a large spoonful of Jambalaya and serve in bowls with your favorite hot sauce.

 

Easy Chicken Jambalaya | 10 Meals in an Hour | Freezer Cooking | Main Course Meat | Meal Planning | Chicken Recipe 

6 Comments

  1. Megan
    July 29 at 08:59PM

    Looks good! What size is a stock container? I’m in Australia so have no idea what that is! Thanks 🙂

    • Ruth Soukup
      July 29 at 10:44PM

      It is a 32 oz. carton, hopefully you can find it in Australia. 🙂

  2. August 25 at 09:24PM

    Cut 2 chicken breasts into strips, mix 1 tbsp of Cajun seasoning with a little oil and rub all over the chicken. Fry for 6-8 mins until golden and cooked through. Serve with guacamole, soured cream, a tub of salsa and some flour tortillas.

  3. Gidget
    January 15 at 09:14PM

    I see you split into 2 bags for a few of your recipes. Would I use both to feed a family of 4 or just one? Thanks!

    • Ruth Soukup
      January 16 at 10:03PM

      One bag will feed a family of four. 🙂

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