Nobody does it like Sandra Lee! (Sorry Sara…)

Everyone has their issues with certain TV chefs, right? Just me? Oh well, bear with me anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰ For example, I love Rachael Ray recipes, but the sound of her voice makes me want to stick lit firecrackers in my ears. Jamie Oliver is super cute and I love his healthy eating in schools cause, but his lisp bothers me a bit (sorry Jamie. I still love you.) He’s another one like Kurt from Glee, where you never see their top teeth when they speak (or sing, in Kurt’s case.)ย  This annoys me.ย  And Sandra Lee? I love cheap meals, but I usually find her to be like, “Here buy this pound cake from the store, and now we’re going to make a better cake with the cake you already bought!” Or something else that I find redundant and dumb. (Again, probably just me.)ย  However, I was watching her show one day, and she was making Chicken Jambalaya. This was great for a plethora of reasons.

  1. We LOVE jambalaya.
  2. Dave hates fish, and most jambalaya recipes call for shrimp. This was an automatic opt out that I didn’t have to make.

I HATE getting multiple pots and pans dirty when I cook. Probably because I loathe washing dishes. With this recipe you just add the uncooked rice to the post with all the chicken spicy goodness in it and let is cook away in the juices. YESSSSS!!!!

Chicken Jambalaya

Chicken Jambalaya
Recipe from (Sandra Lee)

-2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
-1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces (I used chicken breasts. It’s what we had.)
– Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
– 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
– 1 green bell pepper, chopped
– 2 stalks celery, chopped (We definitely used more than this. Probably like 4-6 stalks)
– 1 tablespoon chopped garlic (way more)
– 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
– 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
– 2 cups long grain rice
– 3 cups chicken broth
– 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
– 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (omitted. who cares about garnish?)

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil. Add the chicken, season lightly with salt and pepper, and brown on both sides, about 7 minutes, working in batches if necessary. Remove the chicken to a plate. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and the onions, peppers, and celery, and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, Cajun seasoning, cayenne, salt and pepper, and give it a stir. Stir in the rice. Add the chicken back to the pot, along with the broth and tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 30 minutes.


This had a great, spicy kick to it that Dave and I loved. And hello? SO EASY. You could easily sub the chicken for shrimp if you have a husband who isn’t a fool eats that. And there were definitely leftovers for at least 1 more meal, which is a win in my book.ย  This recipe got “added to the book” (my binder of printed out recipes) which means it’s definitely a keeper for us.


(Also don’t forget to check out Doniree’s Street Food Friday post! She visited a whole PARK of food cards in Portland.ย  I = jealous.)


  1. AH! That looks SO GOOD! I made a one-skillet meal last night of brown rice and broccoli (recipe called for chicken also, but I didn’t have any so it was a veggie meal for me). Cook up some onions and garlic, add stock, then rice. Let that cook for a half hour or so, then add the broccoli. 15 more minutes, and done. One pan. LOVE that.

  2. Ha ha, I’ve heard bad things about Sandra before, looks like she doesn’t have a fan in you ๐Ÿ™‚ I love jambalaya too and must try this recipe. After being in Nola, I need a fix!

  3. Sandra Lee super annoys me too. I wont’ forget the one time I watched her show and it was all about adding food dye to a boxed cake. Ok, I get it, it’s pretty but really? You get a show for that? Anyway, I will say that this recipe does look good in spite of how annoying I find her…

  4. yes that is how we cook it in the south. Sandra Lee’s tablescapes really annoy me. I mean who is going to have color coordinated apron, curtains, tablecloth, and favors? Not me…not in this life. But I do like some of her recipes and that chicken jambalya looks like a good one.


  1. […] Chicken Jambalaya – I’m excited to make this again since we just stocked up on chicken breasts (I use that cut of chicken for pretty much all recipes), and I only needed to buy maybe one or two additional ingredients.ย  Woot!! This is still the only Sandra Lee recipe I’ve made – my opinion of her making things out of other things unnecessarily to cut corners still stands. […]


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