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Turkey Sausage Jambalaya

Lighten up gameday or weeknight meal with Turkey Sausage Jambalaya! This healthier twist on the classic is a one pot meal that’s ready in an hour! Featuring Jennie-O Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage, onions, green bell pepper and garlic, this entrée cooks down with rice and makes a perfect meal. Flavorful with just a hint of spice, Turkey Sausage Jambalaya will be your family’s new favorite meal and a wonderful recipe to provide at a tailgate!

Course Entree
Cuisine Cajun American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate


  • 14 oz. Jennie-O Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions , diced
  • 1 green bell pepper , diced
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup white rice


  1. In a 3-5 qt. Dutch oven, brown the turkey sausage on all sides over medium-high heat.

  2. When browned, remove from the pan, slice into rounds and set aside.

  3. In the same Dutch oven, add the olive oil.

  4. When the olive oil is hot, add the onions, bell pepper and garlic.

  5. Move the vegetables around the pan constantly, softening them, about 5-7 minutes.

  6. When the vegetables are soft, add the chicken stock and Worcestershire. Season with salt and cayenne.

  7. Bring the stock to a boil, and add back in the sliced turkey sausage. Cook for 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors a chance to meld.

  8. Measure in the rice, then lower the head.

  9. Cover the Dutch oven and cook for 40-45 minutes.

  10. When the time is up, the chicken stock should have been completely absorbed and the rice will be plump.

  11. Enjoy warm!

Recipe Notes

This is a GREAT recipe to make in advance for parties and to reheat in the microwave. (It’s also easy to put on the same day and let it hang out on the stovetop!) If you make it in advance and want to reheat it, be sure that your rice isn’t overcooked so that it does not turn to mush.