The Deen Bros. Lighter Jambalaya

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By Jaime and Bobby Deen

129 Fewer Calories
6 g Less Fat

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 Vidalia onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces fully-cooked smoked Andouille chicken sausage links, sliced (about 2 links)
1 cup brown rice
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 pound peeled deveined medium shrimp
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat, until the vegetables are very tender, about 8 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Add the rice and cook, stirring, until the rice is well coated. Add the broth, tomatoes, and ground red pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the rice is tender, 35 – 40 minutes.

Add the shrimp and thyme and cook, stirring, until the shrimp just begins to turn opaque, 3- 5 minutes.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

Per Serving: 263 Cal; 20 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 33 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 61 mg Calcium; 3 mg Iron; 1072 mg Sodium; 77 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Jambalaya
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of the Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Original nutrition:
392 Cal; 23 g Protein; 11 g Tot Fat; 4 g Sat Fat; 5 g Mono Fat; 47 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 65 mg Calcium; 5 mg Iron; 796 mg Sodium; 126 mg Cholesterol

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I love you paula dean I think your the best cook out their ,and hope and pray everything works out for ya .love your dishes also .

By coleen on July 11, 2013


I made this for my family this past Sunday. It was the first time I had ever made Jambalaya. It was a huge hit! My husband and son begged that I make this ever week. Not sure about making it that often but I will be making this again soon and often. Thank you Bobby! You did a wonderful job with this one grin

By KimKirk47 on February 19, 2013


I love Paula Deen. Maybe someday I go to Savanna, Georgia and check her out. I watch her show everyday. Her boys are great cooks too. She taught them well. God Bless to you and your family.

By RUTH PLENCNER on February 15, 2013

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm