Portobello Mushroom Jambalaya with Chicken

Here is a classic casserole recipe for Portobello Mushroom Jambalaya with Chicken with the proportions of ingredients adjusted just slightly for health. Most recipes for jambalaya call for rice with onion, peppers, and tomatoes, along with some combination of meats (usually chicken, ham, sausage, crawfish, and/or shrimp). This version, while concentrating on getting the distinctive seasonings right, uses a healthier combination of portobello mushrooms and chicken to provide the satisfying, stick-to-your-ribs quality for which jambalaya is known. The earthy flavor of the mushrooms also adds an unexpected layer of depth to the dish.

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Makes: 4  servings


  • 2 tablespoons  canola oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound  skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups  long-grain brown rice
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes in juice, drained
  • 2 cups  fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon  cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon  fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1 6 ounce package portobello mushrooms , cleaned and sliced
  • 2 cups  water
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and chopped


1. In a Dutch oven or large heavy pan, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions, bell pepper, and garlic for about 4 minutes, until soft. Remove pan from heat.

2. Put the flour in a large sealable plastic bag. Add chicken and shake the bag to coat chicken with flour evenly. Remove the chicken pieces, shaking off excess flour, and add them to pan. Cook chicken over medium heat for 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until all the pieces are opaque and the flour has colored and slightly browned in places.

3. Stir in rice. Add the tomatoes, broth, thyme, salt, cayenne, and black pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes.

4. Add mushrooms, arranging them on top of the rice mixture. Pour in the water. Return mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover partially. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until the rice is done. Stir in scallions and quickly remove pan from heat. Let cool for about 5 minutes and serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4
  • cal.(kcal)422,
  • Fat, total(g)8,
  • sat. fat(g)1,
  • carb.(g)60,
  • fiber(g)7,
  • pro.(g)21,
  • sodium(mg)791,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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