Poor Man’s Jambalaya Recipe

By Shannon Gurnee
In Cooking with Redhead Mom
April 6, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I make the same recipes over and over again. Tonight (yes, literally tonight), I wanted to make something different that I’d never made before. I started with a recipe for Dirty Rice and then moved to Jambalaya and figured…what the heck…I’ll kind of combine the two. And thus was born the Poor Man’s Jambalaya’s Recipe. I literally started adding in ingredients I had in my refrigerator and playing with the dinner concoction and it turned out DELICIOUS!!!! It was quick and easy to make and even the kids loved it! In fact, everyone in our house liked it! Now, I don’t want you to think you have to be poor to make this, but let’s face it, times right now are tough and there are a lot of us struggling – whether it’s with money or just plain trying to find ingredients in the store. I hope you like this recipe. Here we go!

Poor Man's Jambalaya Recipe


  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Johnsonville Andouille Sausage (2 ropes)
  • shredded chicken (2 cups) (I used chicken I cooked with salsa in the instant pot and shredded)
  • 4 cups cooked long grain white rice (I made mine in the rice cooker and used chicken broth instead of water)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 4 tsp garlic, chopped (I use the garlic in a jar)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (made with chicken bouillon and boiling water)
  • 1 can chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can pinto beans, undrained



1 – Cook rice using chicken broth (boiling water + chicken bouillon) in either a saucepan or rice cooker.

2 – Slice sausage. In a pot, brown sausage in the oil.

3 – Once the sausage is starting to brown, add the shredded chicken, onion, celery and garlic.

4 – When the veggies are starting to soften, add the can of chili beans and can of pinto beans, along with 1 cup of chicken broth (made with boiling water and chicken bouillon).

5 – Add cooked rice (as much as you would like to have) and stir.

6 – Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.

7 – Serve and enjoy!

**If the andouille sausage is too spicy, you can substitute with Kielbasa or smoked sausage.

Who in your home likes this jambalaya recipe? 


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

6 Responses to “Poor Man’s Jambalaya Recipe”

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  2. Christy says:

    Looks delicious!

  3. Antoinette M says:

    Delicious! I love the recipe!

  4. donna porter says:

    This sounds and looks so delicious! I know my family will love this recipe!

  5. Dana Rodriguez says:

    This looks really good! We love their sausage!

  6. Sharon Rooney says:

    This looks and sounds delicious.
    I have made Jambalaya before but I like the way this one sounds and it is much easier to make.

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