Exotic Fruit Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a traditional Créole rice dish gaining its name from a combination of French and African words meaning ham with rice. Tropical fruits are used to complement the spicy flavour of the sauce and Chorizo, and their inclusion is guaranteed to make this dish a real talking point.


  • 2 large passion fruit, peeled and diced
  • 75g pack Waitrose Physalis
  • 1 large papaya, peeled, deseeded and diced
  • 3 tbsp Waitrose Olive Oil
  • 2 x 500g pack Waitrose 12 Fresh British Chicken Thigh Fillets
  • 200g pack Waitrose Smoked Danish Bacon Lardons
  • 70g pack Waitrose Spanish Chorizo, quartered
  • 500g pack Waitrose American Long Grain Rice
  • 2 x 350g tubs Waitrose Fresh Arrabbiata Sauce
  • 1 litre chicken stock (from 1 chicken stock cube)
  • 200g uncooked tiger prawn tails, shell on


  1. Scoop out the flesh from the passion fruit and sieve to remove the seeds. Reserving a few Physalis for garnish, remove the papery leaves from the remainder and halve the fruit. Set aside with the papaya.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based, flameproof casserole and brown the chicken. Add the lardons and Chorizo and continue cooking for a few minutes until the lardons start to brown.
  3. Stir in the rice followed by the arrabbiata sauce and the stock. Bring to the boil then cover tightly with the lid. Lower the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the prepared fruits and the prawns. Cover and cook for a further 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning, cover and leave to stand off the heat for 5 minutes before serving garnished with the reserved Physalis.

Cook's tips

Use exotic fruit such as papaya, passion fruit or Physalis to top pavlova or cheesecakes, or simply serve accompanied with mascarpone cheese and sprinkled with icing sugar.

Remember to provide finger bowls for guests to use after shelling the prawns.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes plus 5 minutes standing
  • Total time: 35 minutes 35 minutes

Serves: 6 - 8

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 2702.864kJ
Fat 23.9g

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This recipe was first published in Sat Apr 01 01:00:00 BST 2000.