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One-Pot Jambalaya Recipe for Kids


This One-pot Jambalaya recipe has all the amazing flavors of that creole flavor without too much heat for the kids! My version comes together in just 30 minutes!

One-Pot Jambalaya Recipe for Kids. One reason we love Jambalaya- THE VEGGIES!!

When I think of Jambalaya, the words quick and easy, would not typically come to mind. Not until I made this delicious and flavorful version. Typical Jambalaya can be really spicy, which a lot of kids don’t love. This version still has the yummy Jambalaya flavor, just with a more mild heat making it the perfect veggie packed dinner for kids. Plus you will not believe how fast this meal can be whipped up. The best thing about this recipe is that you only use one-pot. For everything. One-pot Jambalaya Recipe for kids will definitely be on your menu!

How to Make One-Pot Jambalaya

When I make one pot meals, I use my reliable, amazing dutch oven.  It cooks evenly, transfers from stove to oven perfectly, cleans easily, and it is just so pretty 🙂 One-Pot Jambalaya Recipe for Kids. One reason we love Jambalaya- THE VEGGIES!! Begin by placing your oil and veggies in the pot and sauteing until tender – about 5 minutes.

 Add your protein.  Typical jambalaya calls for chicken, sausage and shrimp.    That is what our recipe uses, except I like to use either chicken sausage or turkey sausage just to lighten it up a bit.  You can really use whatever kind of sausage you want. I don’t add the shrimp until the end because it cooks so fast.

After the protein comes the saucy goodness.  You can use diced tomatoes in this recipe, but I like creamier texture of crushed tomatoes.

Add the rice and then you just let it simmer and soak up all of the yummy flavors.  Once the rice is soft, then you add the shrimp.  Because of the tender nature of shrimp, it does not need to cooked for very long at all.

What To Serve with Jambalaya

Jambalaya is full of flavor, healthy veggies, and is a warm comforting meal that your family will want to serve month after month. It does have all the parts of a complete meal, but sometimes I just feel like I need a side to go with it. These are some of our favorite sides:

One-Pot Jambalaya Recipe for Kids. One reason we love Jambalaya- THE VEGGIES!!
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One-Pot Jambalaya for Kids

This One-pot Jambalaya recipe has all the amazing flavors of that creole flavor without too much heat for the kids! My version comes together in just 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 626kcal


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 medium bell pepper, red
  • 1 medium bell pepper, green
  • 1 medium bell pepper, orange
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 pound chicken breast
  • 8 ounce turkey sausage
  • 3 cup chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 2 cup crushed tomatoes, canned
  • 1 1/2 cup brown rice, raw
  • 1/2 tbsp Cajun spice
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, dried
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounce shrimp, peeled and deveined


  • Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or sturdy pot.  Chop onions and peppers into bit size pieces.  Mince or crush garlic.
  • Saute veggies and garlic until they soften, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Cut chicken and sausage into bite size pieces.
  • Add the chicken and the sausage and continue cooking until chicken is no longer pink on the outside.
  • To the pot add the rest of the ingredients, except the shrimp.   Stir to combine.
  • Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • {If you use brown rice vs. white rice, this will take longer to cook for the rice to soften.  Plan on an extra 20-25 minutes and you may need to add more liquid}
  • Once the rice is soft, taste and add more seasonings to taste.
  • Add shrimp and continue to simmer until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!



Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 725mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g
Keyword : bell peppers, chicken, dairy free, gluten-free, Jambalaya, kid friendly, one-pot


Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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This was a huge hit tonight!! My oldest daughter found this recipe and we gave it a try. Such great flavors, not a lot of spice (that can easily be added to individual portions as needed), but everyone at the table loved it!! Thank you for sharing!

Thank you for this great recipe! My 2.5 year old, who I’m just introducing to shrimp but loves rice, ate 3 (kid-size) bowls! I didn’t have crushed tomatoes, so used 2.5 cups of organic tomato-basil pasta sauce, which might have altered the Cajun authenticity but still turned out wonderful. Definitely making this “jamba-ya-ya” for him again! Bonus that it’s a one-pot dish 🙂

Thank you, Natalie, for a great kid-friendly version of Jambalaya! It turned out perfect and the kids really enjoyed it and I am not a great cook. I look forward to making this many times in the future. God bless.

5 stars
My family loves this recipe. We make it monthly and have been since finding this post a few years ago! It freezes well, although I don’t usually include shrimp. A few times we made it vegan by using veg. broth and beans instead of meat, for one of our family members.

I think it would work great as a pressure cooker recipe, but we haven’t tried it. Let us know if you try it and how it works for you!