Hello! I’m glad to be back visiting again from The Seasoned Mom. Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is almost here?! With Mardi Gras right around the corner, I thought that it would be appropriate to share a classic New Orleans dish with you today. As with most of my recipes, however, I have simplified this meal to make it super-fast, super-easy, and very family-friendly. Trust me – you are going to LOVE this Quick and Easy Jambalaya Casserole!
I love all of the flavor components in a traditional jambalaya, but my crazy schedule doesn’t always allow me to simmer a big pot on the stove for a long period of time, and it certainly doesn’t allow for recipes that involve a lot of preparation or a lot of steps. That’s why this particular casserole is so ideal for busy parents like us. You just stir together the raw ingredients, bake them, and you’re done! That’s right – you don’t have to cook the rice in advance, you don’t have to cook any of the meat or seafood in advance, and you only get one dish dirty!
As if you needed an added bonus, I’m here with even more good news: you can prep this meal in advance when your schedule allows. This is KEY for me, since a baby and two preschoolers often leave me tired, distracted, and overwhelmed at the 5 p.m. dinner hour. Instead, I love that I can stir together the ingredients in the morning while my little guy naps and my older two are in school, cover it with foil, and keep it in the fridge until I’m ready to bake it. It makes my evening routine so much smoother! I have even prepped this a couple of days in advance, with perfect results. Another option? Prep it over the weekend and keep it (unbaked) in your freezer until you’re ready to eat it. Again, it’s a flexible recipe that accommodates YOUR schedule!
I have been making different versions of this casserole for years because it has been a favorite with my kids since they first learned to eat solid foods. It’s a perfect lesson in offering all types of food to your little ones – you never know what they’re going to love! I was shocked the first time that my kids devoured this Cajun specialty as toddlers, and my husband enjoys it just as much as the boys do. You can tailor the spice to suit your family’s taste buds by scaling back the seasoning or ramping it up with some hot sauce. Anything goes!
Enjoy, my friends, and have a wonderful Mardi Gras celebration! Oh, and be sure to swing by The Seasoned Mom for even more kid-friendly, easy, make-ahead meals that you and your family will love. Hope to see you there!
- 3 tablespoons butter, diced into small cubes
- ¾ lb. raw peeled and deveined shrimp
- ¾ lb. raw boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 6 ounces kielbasa, Andouille, Cajun-style, or other similar fully-cooked sausage, sliced into rounds
- 2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice
- 1 can condensed Cream of Celery soup
- 1 can condensed Cream of Chicken soup
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
- 1 sweet onion, diced
- 1 sweet red bell pepper, diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1-2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Hot sauce, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray a 13-inch x 9-inch casserole or baking dish with cooking spray. Spread diced butter around the bottom of the pan.
- In a very large bowl, stir together shrimp, chicken, sausage, uncooked rice, soups, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, garlic, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Pour shrimp mixture over butter into prepared baking dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- Stir well, cover tightly again, and bake for an additional 35-40 minutes, or until rice is fluffy and liquid has been absorbed.
Can I just say I LOVE everything about this Quick and Easy Jambalaya Casserole from Blair. Love the quick and easy, love Jambalaya and love the shrimp! We will for sure be serving this recipe up soon, how about you?
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