Chicken and Ham Jambalaya

One of my friends lived in New Orleans for a number of years and we loved visiting with them and enjoying the local cuisine. Mardi Gra festivities always remind me of the wonderful times we had with them and some of our favorite dishes that we brought home from New Orleans. One of the favorite dishes that my husband always ask for is Chicken and Ham Jambalaya, so I am happy to share it with you today.  This dish is filled with the flavor of New Orleans and topped with a spicy Cajun Sauce.

Chicken and Ham Jambalaya

Chicken and Ham Jambalaya
Miz Helen's Kitchen
2 cups boneless chicken, cut in bite size pieces
2 cups ham, diced
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 cup tomatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups rice
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon sage
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
2 whole bay leaves
In a heavy stock pot melt the butter over high heat.  
Add the ham and brown it.
Add the chicken and brown it.
Stir the chicken and ham making sure you have mixed it well, be sure and scrape the pan to get all the meat seasoning in the mix
Mix all the seasons together and add them at this time, mix well
Add 1/2 of the onions, celery, bell pepper and garlic.
Cook until vegetables start to get tender.
Stir in the tomato sauce and mix well
Stir in the remainder of the onions, celery and bell pepper and the tomatoes
Remove from heat and mix well
Stir in the stock and rice, mixing well
Cover the pot and bake at 350 degrees about 55 to 60 minutes
Let set for 10 minutes before serving
Serve with Cajun Sauce on top of the Jambalaya

Cajun Sauce
Miz Helen's Kitchen
1 cup tomatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 cup tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
dash Tabasco sauce to taste
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste
In a medium skillet over medium heat melt the butter
Stir in the tomatoes, onions, celery and bell peppers and garlic
Mix all the season together and add them to the skillet mix
Saute the mix until the onions are clear
Stir in the chicken broth, tomato sauce, and Tabasco
Bring the mix to a boil and then reduce to simmer
Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes
Remove the bay leaves before serving

Brown The Ham

Brown The Chicken

Add The Vegetables and Seasons

Add The Sauce

 Add The Rice and Broth


Top With Cajun Sauce and Enjoy!

I just love looking back on wonderful memories shared with friends and family, remembering all the sites, smells, and taste of a great time in our life.  Hope you are making wonderful memories with your friends and family. Have a fantastic week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. Helen, this sounds amazing. My dad would put ham in his jambalaya. That smokey salty flavor was so good.

    Hope you have a good week,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  2. Jambalaya is our favorite New Orleans treat! I haven't made it in a long time....You have motivated me with this great recipe!

  3. I am coming back to this recipe Miz Helen. Cant eat meat today but tomorrow a different story.

  4. This looks like a great jambalaya, thanks Miz Helen!

  5. I've never made jambalaya. you have inspired me. Thanks for bringing this to foodie friday.

  6. I love jambalaya! What a great recipe :) Thanks for linking up to SNF!

  7. This sounds so good! I would love it if you would share it on my Tasty Tuesday linky party going on now!

  8. Your jambalaya looks so good, Miz Helen. Thank you so much for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  9. This sounds amazing, i love Jambalya! Thanks for coming over and sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope to see you back at 5pm MST

  10. Delicious, Miz Helen. And dishes that bring about good memories always taste the best. Thank you for linking up. Hope you have a nice weekend. It can't come soon enough!


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