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Keto Jambalaya

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This Keto Jambalaya recipe is an easy one-pan Spanish, French-inspired dinner combining boneless chicken breast pieces, sausage, and shrimps cooked in a rich Cajun Spices tomato sauce.

The best keto Jambalaya recipe to feed the whole family on cold days.

What Is Jambalaya?

A traditional Jambalaya recipe is a popular New Orleans dish also inspired by French, and Spanish culture like Paella.

It’s a large dinner, made in one big pan that can feed a crowd. It’s very fragrant and full of taste and spices.

The traditional Jambalaya recipe is not keto-friendly because the meat and seafood are cooked with rice, a high-carb grain not suitable for a keto diet.

Why You’ll Love The Recipe

This low-carb jambalaya is surprisingly easy to make. They are a few ingredients to gather but the steps to make it are straightforward.

  • One Pan Recipe
  • Gluten-Free
  • Low In Carbs
  • Feeds 8
  • Dairy-Free
  • Egg-Free
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How To Make Keto Jambalaya

This Keto Cauliflower Jambalaya recipe is a tasty, healthy Jambalaya alternative recipe to decrease carbs and enjoy a comforting one-pan keto dinner.

This keto-friendly Jambalaya recipe is the easiest keto dinner to make in one pot in less than 30 minutes.

It contains quite a few ingredients, but don’t worry about that, it still is the easiest recipe ever!


All you need to make this keto chicken and sausage Jambalaya are:

  • Olive Oil – pick an extra-virgin olive oil for the best taste.
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Green Red Pepper – the combination of red and green bell pepper brings beautiful colors to the Jambalaya, but they also have slightly different tastes.
  • Jalapeno – adjust to how spicy you love your dish.
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Boneless Chicken Breast – chopped into pieces.
  • Shrimp – fresh or frozen, I used frozen shrimp.
  • Sausage – the New Orleans-style Jambalaya generally features Andouille sausage but as a French person, I suggest trying chorizo sausage. This Spanish-inspired option boosts the spicy flavor of the dish.
  • Diced Tomatoes – I like to use canned tomatoes, it’s both easier and faster. Make sure the can doesn’t contain added sugar.
  • Dried Spices – basil, oregano, salt.
  • Cajun Seasoning– read below how to make your own.
  • Chicken Broth – You can use vegetable broth if you don’t have chicken broth.
  • Cauliflower Rice – this replaces the classic rice used in the traditional Jambalaya recipe and it keeps the dish to be on the low-carb side.
Keto Jambalaya ingredients

Step 1: Cooking The Vegetables

First, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and cook the onion.

Then, add the rest of the vegetables: diced celery, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic, and cook until tender.

Step 2: Cooking The Meat

Now, add the chicken and chorizo pieces (or andouille sausage) and cook until the meat is not pink.

Then, add the cauliflower rice, chicken broth, diced canned tomatoes, and all the dried spices.

Cover and let it simmer for a few minutes.

Keto Jambalaya in Cost Iron Pot

Step 3: Cooking The Shrimps

Meanwhile, cook the shrimp in a pan or on the barbecue until pink.

Add the cooked shrimp to the pot, stir and serve!

Overall this chicken and shrimp Low-Carb Jambalaya recipe takes just about 30 minutes to make.

Chicken and shrimp jambalaya

Cajun Seasoning

This is a low-carb Cajun Jambalaya recipe which means that the main spices used in this recipe are Cajun Spices.

If you can’t find keto-friendly store-bought Cajun spices – sometimes they contain added starch or sugar – let me show you how easy you can prepare a batch of keto Cajun spices at home.

In a glass mason jar, combine all the dry ingredients below.

You can store your homemade Cajun Spices in the pantry for up to 6 months, in a sealed jar, and use it as a Cajun spices mix for any recipe.

Cajun Spices ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds
Keto Jambalaya

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Pan Or Pot Should Use?

This Jambalaya recipe is a large one-pot recipe. Therefore, you must use a large pot or pan to cook all the ingredients together.

The best option is to use a Dutch oven pot as you see in the picture above.

Otherwise, a large non-stick pan with high borders can work too. The last option is to use a crockpot.

Keto chicken and sausage jambalaya


The recipe already contains all that you need for a fulfilling keto dinner.

It is delicious topped with chopped parsley and a drizzle of hot sauce for spicy lovers.

If you don’t mind some extra carbs you can serve this Jambalaya with cauliflower rice on the side.

The recipe already contains a small amount of cauliflower rice to keep the recipe keto-friendly.

For a slightly higher carb version – still a low-carb version! – serve with 1/2 cup fried cauliflower rice. 

Simply fry some extra cauliflower rice in olive oil with garlic, and salt, and serve on the side.

chicken and chorizo jambalaya

Storage Instructions

You can make this recipe the day before and store it in the fridge.

I recommend storing the recipe in the pot you used to cook the recipe – I am using a Dutch oven pot for this recipe.

Cool completely in the pot then place the lid on top of the pot and store in the fridge.

Rewarm the next day over the stove, bring the pot over medium-high heat and rewarm until bubbles form on side of the pan.

keto friendly jambalaya

More Easy Keto Dinner Recipes

I love easy keto dinners that whole the family can enjoy in less than 30 minutes.

Below are some other delicious keto comforting dinner recipes for you to try.

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Keto Jambalaya recipe

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This keto Jambalaya recipe is an easy one-pan Spanish, French-Inspired dinner combining boneless chicken breast pieces, sausage, and shrimps cooked in a rich Cajun Spices tomato sauce.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 servings (1 cup each)
Serving Size: 1 serving
4.79 from 55 votes


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  • Heat olive over medium heat in a large pan.
  • Cook onions, peppers, garlic, and celery until softened and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir in diced chicken and sausage. Cook stirring constantly until chicken is cooked, not pink.
  • Add canned diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, and Cajun seasoning and hot sauce if you like your dish very spicy
  • Cover, cook, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in cauliflower rice, chicken stock, bring a light boil then reduce to low heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. stirring often
  • In another non-stick pan, warm olive oil over medium heat, add shrimp and sauté on each side until cooked. Season with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning.
  • Stir the cooked shrimps into the Jambalaya pan.
  • Serve hot with chopped parsley and extra hot sauce if you like it spicy!
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Nutrition1 serving
Yield: 8 servings (1 cup each)


Serving: 1 servingCalories: 254.3 kcal (13%)Carbohydrates: 7.3 g (2%)Fiber: 2.3 g (10%)Net Carbs: 5 gProtein: 25 g (50%)Fat: 13.8 g (21%)Saturated Fat: 3.5 g (22%)Cholesterol: 131.5 mg (44%)Sodium: 908.6 mg (40%)Potassium: 616.5 mg (18%)Sugar: 3.2 g (4%)Vitamin A: 847.9 IU (17%)Vitamin C: 45.5 mg (55%)Calcium: 89 mg (9%)Iron: 2.3 mg (13%)
Carine Claudepierre

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Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

All my recipes are at least triple tested to make sure they work and I take pride in keeping them as accurate as possible.

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    21 Thoughts On Keto Jambalaya
  1. 5 stars
    I just realized that last night’s delicious dinner (this recipe) originally called for garlic, but that the steps never included their addition! It was a hit regardless, but I know it would have been even better with. I don’t suppose the recipe could be amended to include the garlic back in, could it?

  2. 5 stars
    This is really good and I’ll be making it again. I found the recipe after I made your delicious almond flour corn bread!

    Dutch ovens with cast iron should not be put into the refrigerator. Once used they should be cleaned and wiped dry. Water is the enemy of cast iron

  3. OMG! I made this tonight and It is awesome! The flavor is wonderful…I cant wait to see what the left overs taste like. (I made your Cajun seasoning) After making new dishes I always ask my husband, “Is this a keeper”? This was a Yes! I will be trying more of your recipes. Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! I love that I can make my family some rice to serve this amazing meal over and just enjoy the keto version myself. Win-win!

  5. 5 stars
    OMG!!!! this recipe is just the bomb!!!I always was trying to make Cajun food for my husband and the doctor change my diet so I try this one and he love it so much!!!!

  6. 5 stars
    This was amazing! I cut some of the jalepenos and added mahi mahi and scallops, I missed when to add the garlic in the directions, but realized it in time to ensure they were cooked just enough. This recipe was perfection!

  7. 5 stars
    Really good, I like mine a little soupy so I added some broth, a little more diced tomato and sriracha but followed the recipe exactly other than that and it was delicious!

  8. 5 stars
    So good!!! And so easy to follow the instructions! I’ve never had this dish before- not even in a restaurant and I’ve never cooked it, but now that I have… I’m going to impress everyone! Super keto friendly and using cauliflower rice just lowers the overall amount of carbs. Excellent recipe!


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