Entertaining a crowd: Jambalaya recipe

I might have found the perfect one-pot dinner choice for entertaining a crowd. For New Years this year, our party quickly went from 4 adults to 10, and this simple one-pot Jambalaya recipe wasn’t just enough to feed everyone (with leftovers) but was such a crowd-pleaser that the recipe has been requested by every one who attended.

recipe for dinner for 8-12 jambalaya

Jambalaya: one pot dinner serves 8-12


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 6 celery sticks, sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 green peppers. cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 pounds New Orleans- or Cajun-style sausage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 jar okra (optional), sliced
  • 16 oz small shrimp--cooked and deviened (optional)
  • 2 cups long grain rice

Get Cooking

  1. in a large dutch oven or stock pot, heat oil in medium-high heat
  2. season chicken with salt and pepper
  3. cook chicken approximately five minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through
  4. remove chicken from pot and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Set aside
  5. add celery, onion and peppers to pot and cook for 5 minutes
  6. add sausage to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 3 minutes
  7. stir in stock, seasoning, tomatoes and okra (if using)
  8. add 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil*
  9. add rice, shrimp (if using) and chicken pieces
  10. simmer for 5 minutes, then cover the pot off the heat for 30 minutes

*Note: depending on the rice you select, it maybe crunchy. Cooking Louisiana offers suggestions for cooking rice in Jamabalaya in their old Cajun recipe.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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