Big Easy Jambalaya Recipe
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Big Easy Jambalaya Recipe

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This recipe is requested often by friends and family for gatherings. I don't mind since it's so easy to make. --Elizabeth Renteria, Vancouver, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4-1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 14 ounces Johnsonville® Polish Kielbasa Sausage, sliced
  • 2 Johnsonville® Andouille Sausage links, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups uncooked converted rice

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 565 calories, 23 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 108 mg cholesterol, 1,673 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 33 g protein.


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients except rice. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. Stir in rice. Cook on high 30 minutes longer or until rice is tender. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Big Easy Jambalaya in Taste of Home’s Ultimate Potluck Recipe Contest 2012

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 565 calories, 23 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 108 mg cholesterol, 1,673 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 33 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

This was a really wonderful recipe, so simple so it would be great for anyone that is just learning to cook. It was very flavorful too but not overdone! I didn't have any chicken thighs so I just used cut up chicken breasts. This also makes a lot a whole crockpot full so it is wonderful for potlucks or big crowds.

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

I made this recipe twice and both times had to add seasonings to it after it had cooled. Something didn't taste quite right and I think it was the andouille sausage that gave it an odd taste. I made it again today with some changes and it is SPECTACULAR.

Used 2 cans of black-eyed peas

Doubled the tomatoes as well, but used one can of stewed tomatoes and one can fire roasted.

Used a smoked sausage ring instead of the kielbasa

used chorizo sausage instead of andouille

2 tbsp of worchestershire

doubled the parsley and thyme

I liked the recipe without my modifications but thought I would like it better if I could make some changes, and it suited my taste buds much better this time. I will definitely be making this on a regular basis. Thank you for sharing this!

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

I am a college student who just bought a slow cooker. This is the first recipe that I have made in my slow cooker, and I never thought that any food I made would ever taste this good. I will be making this recipe many times in the future.

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

Amazing!! I made this the other night for my book club and my friends are still talking about this recipe. Definitely will make this again. Give this recipe a try!

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

This is an easy meal for those who are on the go. Perfect dinner for those rainy nights.

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