Chicken and prawn jambalaya recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 15 min
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  • This quick family meal is so easy. Mix rice with chicken, prawns, veg and Cajun seasoning for a super-tasty dinner!


    • 225g long grain rice or brown rice
    • 2tbsp olive oil
    • 300g stir-fry chicken strips or chunks
    • 3 sticks celery, sliced
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1-2tsp Cajun seasoning, according to taste
    • 1tbsp chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
    • 150g pot of spicy pepperoni and tomato stir-in sauce
    • 200g cooked peeled prawns, defrosted if frozen


    • Cook the rice in plenty of boiling water until tender, for about 12 mins.

    • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok and saut√© the chicken for about 3-4 mins, until browned. Add the celery, onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring, for about 3 mins, until softened.

    • Add the Cajun seasoning and thyme. Cook gently, stirring occasionally, for a further 5 mins.

    • Drain the rice thoroughly, then add it to the frying pan with the stir-in sauce, stirring well to combine. Add the prawns and cook for another 2-3 mins, until thoroughly heated, then serve.

    • Cool any leftovers quickly and keep covered and refrigerated. Use the next day – either thoroughly re-heated, or eaten cold for a packed lunch.

    Top tip for making Chicken and prawn jambalaya

    If you can't find Cajun seasoning, use 1tsp of chilli powder and a pinch of cayenne pepper, or add according to taste.

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