I feel like I need to preface this post with a statement that I’m from the state of Tennessee, and I never even tried jambalaya until I was 18. This is not a family recipe, and I’m not claiming to be a Louisiana cuisine expert here. Honestly, I feel like it should be entitled ‘A Tennessee Girl’s Take on Jambalaya.’

That being said, my husband and our Louisiana native friends have all sang the praises of this recipe… so that makes me feel a little more legit, even though I have no Cajun blood running through my veins.

So… Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya.

I was a bit terrified to make jambalaya at home, not knowing how it would turn out. My husband makes an incredible gumbo, and I’ve perfected my mother-in-law’s étouffée recipe, but neither of us knew much about jambalaya other than we both really enjoy it, especially during the fall months.

Enter the Something to Talk About: Occasions We Celebrate in South Louisiana cookbook from the Junior League of Lafayette, La. We were gifted this guide from a friend’s parents when we married almost four years ago, and it’s come in handy for all kinds of Louisiana-centric dishes. And when we made the decision to make jambalaya one Saturday, I did some research.

Turns out, the jambalaya recipe in this cookbook makes enough for at least 18 folks… so I cut the recipe down significantly and tweaked it after researching the ingredients. And the first time out of the gate, it was a home run.


This Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya is a pretty simple dish, and it’s quite delightful.

If you like it spicy, add some more cayenne pepper. One and a half teaspoons should be more than enough. We did this one time, and my mouth was on fire. Winston and our Louisianan friends were sweating… And if you’d like it a bit more tame, heat wise, half the cayenne, and you should be good to go.

For me? This seasoning combination was pretty darn perfect, and paired with the spicy sausage and chicken and rice, it goes down so easily.

We’ve been trying to make some more traditional tailgate recipes at our home this football season since we aren’t attending any more games in the foreseeable future. And this recipe fit right in. In fact, it has already been added to the rotation of regulars!

Here’s how you can make your own, no matter where in the world you call home:

It's Football Season Friday: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
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A spicy combination of chicken and sausage, mixed in with onions, bell peppers, garlic and a ton of rice. Perfect for a crowd and even better for tailgating!
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Cajun
Serves: 8
  • 1 lb. hot pork sausage (since I can't get andouille here regularly, I've used hot Italian sausage, and it works like a charm)
  • 1 lb. chicken tenderloins
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large yellow onions, roughly diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, roughly diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3⅓ cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 2½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups white rice, rinsed and uncooked
  1. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook the sausage whole, turning occasionally as the sides brown. Once all the sides have browned and are crisp, remove from the pan. Using a sharp knife, cut the cooked sausage into rounds, and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add the olive oil, then the chicken tenderloins to the oil and drippings. Cook the chicken on both sides until cooked through, then remove from the pan. Shred the chicken tenderloins, and set aside with the sausage.
  3. Lower the heat to medium, and add the onions, bell peppers and garlic to the Dutch oven. Sauté until tender.
  4. Add the sausage and chicken to the vegetables, and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until everything has blended together.
  5. Pour in the chicken broth, salt, cayenne and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil.
  6. Stir in the rice, then reduce the heat to low and cover the Dutch oven. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour, or until rice is tender and all the liquid has evaporated.
  7. Serve warm, and enjoy immediately!


What’s one of your favorite tailgating foods?

Do you like jambalaya? Have you made it at home before?

  • EileenOctober 24, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    Jambalaya is definitely on my list of delicious comfort food! You have to love all that spicy goodness. :)ReplyCancel

Welcome to another week of our That’s Fresh Friday Link-Up!

We’re so happy that you’re hanging with us and sharing your amazing posts. If this is your first time with us and you don’t know what the That’s Fresh Friday Link-Up is, it’s a weekly link-up hosted by the Southern Girl Blog Community and six other amazing ladies. You can come and share all of your “freshest” post from your blog weekly. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about the party.


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Hairy Spider Cookies from Baking A Moment {at I Dig Pinterest}

Mocha Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sunny Side Ups

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  • WinnieOctober 24, 2014 - 1:05 am

    Good Morning Erin and thank you for the party :)
    Great featuresReplyCancel

As y’all read this, I’m out and about in NYC! I’ve scheduled posts for today, tomorrow and Friday for y’all to enjoy. That being said, I’m unplugged for the rest of the week and won’t be here to respond to comments until I am back in Texas. So enjoy yourselves, and I’ll see y’all next week!

What We Ate: State Fair of Texas (2014) // The Speckled Palate

For the last two years, we’ve trekked to the State Fair of Texas to check out all the delectable fried goodies and Big Tex and all the other exciting offerings the fair had to offer.

This year was no different.

As mentioned Saturday morning and again Monday, we visited the fair this weekend with Winston’s parents, and we ate our way through Fair Park, as one does this time of year. … I feel like I should point out that I’ve visited Fair Park during other times of the year, and it’s really strange. There are no crowds, no fried foods (unless you’re competing in a Donut Run… yes, that’s an actual thing, and yes, they offer you donuts on the 5K course) and no rides. So there’s that.

There’s something delightful about the crowds and the excitement, the rides and the glorious fried foods.

Want to see what we ate?

What We Ate: State Fair of Texas (2014) // The Speckled Palate

I, of course, devoured a Corny Dog. Because it ain’t the fair unless you have one, slathered with your favorite condiment and eaten awkwardly as you navigate the crowd surrounding Big Tex, snapping selfies with him left and right.

What We Ate: State Fair of Texas (2014) // The Speckled Palate

We split the rest of the foods we consumed because that’s the way to go when you visit the fair.

The Jalapeño Cheddar Bratwurst, left, was quite tasty without being too spicy. And Winston’s dad got a Pulled Pork Sandwich, right, which he said his only complaint was it needed more jalapeños.

… In case y’all didn’t know, my in-laws are from South Louisiana. Their tastebuds put mine to shame when it comes to the spicy stuff! Even more so now that I’m pregnant and incredibly sensitive to any kind of heat.

What We Ate: State Fair of Texas (2014) // The Speckled Palate

We split a Sweet Jalapeño Corn Dog Shrimp, left. It sounds ridiculous, but the combination of sweet and spicy was delightful without being overwhelming or too heavy.

Winston’s mom grabbed a brisket taco, right, while the rest of us were getting Corny Dogs, and she said it was all kinds of fabulous, perfect with the added cilantro.

What We Ate: State Fair of Texas (2014) // The Speckled Palate

As a pregnant lady, I didn’t enjoy a beer or two at the fair… so I purchased a hand-squeezed lemonade to jazz my drink game up, left. I was really excited about it, obviously. And it was oh so good, y’all. Like, I’ll probably have to make lemonade at home now because it was the perfect balance of sweet and tart, which I’ve found is so hard to find.

And to top off our fair food extravaganza, I ordered us a Deep-Fried Texas Bluebonnet. It might not have been the prettiest thing, and I was expecting it to be a gut-bomb that made us all miserable after having a few bites, but it was actually quite light and delicious! The Deep-Fried Texas Bluebonnet is a blueberry muffin stuffed with cream cheese, deep fried, then topped with whipped cream, white chocolate chips and blueberries. It was a finalist in this year’s Big Tex Awards, and I can totally understand why it ended up on the list!

Real talk: I’d totally have another one. And I wouldn’t be ashamed to not share it.

What We Ate: State Fair of Texas (2014) // The Speckled Palate

It was a beautiful day at Fair Park, and I’m so happy we had the opportunity to visit the State Fair of Texas before it closed its doors for the year on Sunday night! I’m even happier that we got to introduce Winston’s parents to the craziness of the State Fair of Texas, and I hope they’ll come back in the years to come because it was quite the experience!

… Did you visit the State Fair this year? What was your favorite dish?

  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and VeggiesOctober 22, 2014 - 11:53 am

    That looks like so much fun! If Michigan has a state fair, I’ve never been to it… but I enjoy all forms of greasy fair food :) Have fun on your baby moon in NYC :)ReplyCancel

  • Madison | Wetherills Say I DoOctober 22, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    I can’t believe you are still in shorts!! So weird to see that when I’ve been wearing sweaters and boots for weeks! This looks like such a fun trip! Enjoy NYC:)ReplyCancel

  • NancyOctober 22, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    These pictures are great! :) Have fun in NYC!!ReplyCancel

Halloween Trail Mix // Erin Skinner from The Speckled Palate for My Cooking Spot

Happy Monday, everyone!

What’d y’all do this weekend?

We had a fabulous one, ate a ton of delicious food at the State Fair of Texas — more about that on Wednesday! — and spent some quality time with my husband’s parents. And despite our public transportation adventure ending early because our neighborhood station was closed for a few hours and forced us to call a cab to drive us home, it was all kinds of lovely. Honestly, I wish the weekend had been longer, and we had more time.

That being said, today’s Monday, which means the week has officially begun… And to kick things off right today, I’m over at My Cooking Spot sharing my recipe for Halloween Trail Mix.

Real talk: This recipe was devised to keep me from inhaling all of the trick-or-treat candy entirely too early. Because that’s a real potential problem I have.

So pop on over to My Cooking Spot, and let me know what you think of this sweet-and-salty snack… or leave a comment here, let me know what you think of the trail mix, as well as what you did this weekend. And because inquiring minds want to know: how do YOU combat eating all the Halloween candy before trick-or-treaters come close to your doorstep?

  • NancyOctober 21, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    This looks really good!! I might need to pack this when I am at work :p Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

Happy Saturday, y’all!

Who’s ready for a fun weekend?

We’re up early here in Dallas, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Winston’s parents. Breakfast is cookin’, the TV is blarin’ and we’re happy as clams because our home is clean and it’s a pretty day. Once my in-laws arrive, we’re traveling down to the State Fair! It’s the last weekend of the deep fried festival, after all, and I have no doubt that it’s gonna be a glorious day.

What are y’all up to this weekend?

And are you ready for a giveaway?

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  • Jayne @ Tenacious TinkeringOctober 19, 2014 - 9:27 pm

    Girlll… I just posted a bread maker recipe not too long ago. Perhaps you girls read my mind. :-) Not sure if this giveaway is international or not but I’m participating nonetheless ;-) Who doesn’t want bread?ReplyCancel