Forgotten Jambalaya Recipe
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef or chicken broth
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 3 celery ribs, chopped
- 2 medium green peppers, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 pound smoked sausage, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Hot cooked rice
- 1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, broth and tomato paste. Stir in the celery, green peppers, onion, garlic and seasonings. Stir in chicken and sausage.
Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in shrimp. Cover and cook 15-30 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink. Serve with rice.
Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled stew in freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 11 servings.
1 cup: 230 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 1016mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.
Reviews for Forgotten Jambalaya
"This is the most wonderful recipe for jambalaya I've ever seen! I followed the recipe exactly (except I forgot the hot sauce). I left for a short shift at work and when I came home, 5 hours later, the whole house smelled heavenly. Thank you for the deliciousness!"
"A wonderful recipe! I was short on time and made this in my Instant Pot. Served over brown rice. It turned out great! Definitely will fix this again and sharing with foodie friends!"
"Made this with some super spicy sausage, so cut back on the hot sauce just a little. Tasted great not "crock pot like" at all!"
"Delicious!! We have to watch our sodium, so I made a few changes. Sodium free chicken broth, no salt added tomatoes, 1/4# smoked sausage, used no-sodium salt. Cut the sodium content in half. Absolutely delicious!!!"
"Been making a similar dish for years. It may not be the authentic way but it sure works for me. Always a winner!"
"This recipe is one of my favorite weeknight meals! It is simple but packed full of flavor and hearty! I usually add about 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning to it as well just to add an extra kick. I recommend this recipe and have shared it multiple times! Definitely a keeper!"
"Wow!! This was great!! I used a spicy andouille sausage, so decreased the cayenne pepper a little, otherwise followed the directions exactly, and it was fantastic. Will definitely make this again"
"My family LOVES this. I have to double the recipe, and it helps the diabetic's blood sugar, too. You can chop ahead and freeze the onion, celery and green peppers, and use prepared minced garlic (1 clove = 1 gently rounded teaspoon.) Freezes and reheats a treat."
"Absolutely love it!"
"Made it for a family gathering and it was a big hit!"
"I'cve made this. It is easy, quick and very tasty."
"quick and easy; Basic recipe easy to adapt."
"This is a good basic Jambalaya recipe. All of the core ingredients are here, however the cayenne and hot pepper just make it hot. vs. a balanced blend of flavors with the other herbs. In order to supplement the flavor, we cut back on the salt and added Worcestershire. Made this due to the convenience of the slow cooker, however time permitting I would use my old stand by southern Jambalaya recipe in the future."
"This has to be the worst recipe ever! What a waste of good food in a poorly contrived meal. Is there a way to get my money back for all the fresh shrimp I wasted? Going back to the real recipes of the south!"
"Really good...used precooked frozen shrimp."
"I had some experiments with that recipe but in Redmond 4500 multicooker. It is fantastic, really! I had a chance to compare rice- and multicooker, the last one much simpler and faster - any recipe can be made by my children."
"Yummy! I omitted the shrimp to save $. Turkey smoked sausage is a healthy substitute for regular smoked sausage.~ Theresa"
"I absolutely love this recipe. Perfect amount of spice and heat, so great to warm you up on a cold winter day!"
"This recipe is easy, flavorful and I will definitely keep it my recipe box!"
"My family and I love this recipe. So easy and sooooooooo good!"
"I have never cooked jambalaya before but I think this may be the best tasting jambalaya I have ever experienced. I cooked it in low heat on the stovetop used orange bell peppers and previously baked chicken. I used original Conecuh hickory smoked sausage( an Alabama favorite). I will make it again"
"Great recipe, really easy to get going in the crockpot and the whole family loved it. We have made this several times and will continue to do so!"
"We both loved it! I've made several different versions of jambalaya and this is possibly my favorite. I was able to add the shrimp after about 3 1/2 hrs and I cut the tobasco and cayenne in half. It was perfect, my wife said. Will def fix again!"
"This was a very easy jambalaya to make. It had just the right amount of spice for me. Very hearty and filling."
"Excellent! We love the flavor and it's easy to make. I'll make this often."
"This just did not hit me like I thought it would. Like others, I think the cooking time was way too long and caused the meat to get dry. The overall flavor just wasn't there."
"I absolutely love this recipe!!! I didn't like the overpowering smoked sausage flavor the first time I made this (personal preference) so I eliminated the smoked sausage altogether the second time I made it and it still turned out incredible!"
"This is so easy and so very good. I questioned whether Jambalaya made in the crock pot could have the flavor I so enjoy but I am now a believer. I will be making this again. I used imitation crab in place of the scrimp."
"My Savannah, Georgia bred husband says it is the best he has ever had! That's a winning vote in my book!!!"
"This recipe is delicious exactly as written and with or without the shrimp. In spite of the long list of ingredients it is very easy and quick to get in the slow cooker, and especially easy when using frozen chopped onions and green peppers. I wouldn't change a thing. Received family stamp of approval!"
"Overall, this was good. It was a bit overcooked when I checked it at 4 hours. It was my first time using a slow cooker though, so that could be my fault. I might make it again, but it gave my husband heartburn last time."
"Great recipe! I followed the recipe exactly and it didn't need any tweaking at all. I did have to turn the crockpot up to high for an hour or so though."
"This is a fabulous recipe! I've made it at least a dozen times with no modifications and it is a hit every time. I use frozen, uncooked and deveined shrimp when fresh isn't available. Yummy!"
"My husband really liked this. Very spicy and flavorful."
"Delicious! Will definitely make again!"
"Very good. It's a little on the spicy side and the chicken turned out slightly dry, very good overall though."
"Love this recipe!! Great on fall camping trips!"
"We didn't know we liked jambalaya 'til we tried this."
"Solid thumbs up from the whole family. Decreased the hot sauce and cayenne to suit the kids' taste and just added hot sauce at the table. Also replace the green pepper with zucchini and okra, again, just personal preferences. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!"
"My family loves this. I can't use shell fish because of allergies, but I just add more sausage. We lived near Cajun country, and although this is not what they would call authentic, it sure is good. Be sure to use quality Andouille sausage. It makes a big difference. We all love hot spicy food, so after the first time, I added Tony Chachere's as well as all the spices indicated. This is on my rotation of regulars. Thanks Cindi."
"Oh my God we loved this recipe. I omitted the hot sauce and used chili powder instead of cayenne and it was good. Used a whole pound of shrimp also. The aroma is phenomenal! Will make again."
"authentic jambalaya or not it is fantastic! I had a pound of shrimp and just threw it all in - that's what my family kept picking out"
"Mmm! I made this last weekend and I didn't even get seconds or leftovers. :( Sure is good!!!"
"This is a fabulous recipe!"
"This recipe does not taste like it was quick and easy to make! It is a wonderful tribute to real jambalaya! Everyone in our family loved it and was a perfect way to celebrate Fat Tuesday."
"My family loved this! I made with turkey sausage and served with brown rice."
"I used turkey sausage and served with brown rice."
"So easy, so good....I have never been a fan of cajun food but this is delicious."
"Excellent recipe. Great flavor. I cut some of the fat by using turkey cocktail links."
"I've made this several times. Cajun is not always easy to do from scratch but this recipe is easy and very tasty."
"This recipe is wonderful! My husband said it's the best crockpot recipe of any kind that I've ever made. I made it exactly like the recipe said...except I was out of parsley flakes. I don't know how much of a difference it would've have made because it was absolutely delicious! I was in a hurry, so instead of cooking it on low, I cooked it on high for about 2 1/2 hours."
"This recipe is wonderful! My husband said it's the best crockpot recipe of any kind that I've ever made. I made it exactly like the recipe said...except I was out of parsley flakes. I don't know how much of a difference it would've have made because it was absolutely delicious!"
"Since Miss Cindi is from Texas, I did not expect a Louisiana, let alone a New Orleans style Jambalaya! I found this Forgotten (Texas) Jambalaya to be very flavorful, and it certainly won?t be ?forgotten? in our home.I cut this recipe in half since there are only two of us. I used only ¼ tsp each of the hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper to suit our personal tastes, and I found Andouille sausage at our local supermarket. Served it on a bed of Jasmine long grain rice. My daughter suggested adding 1 tsp of file powder the next time I make this. Thank you Miss Cindi ?"
"Used turkey sausage and omitted the shrimp. Excellent!"
"New Orleans Style jambalaya traditionally is prepared together either in the oven, or stovetop and usually has the rice cooked with the meats or shrimp/oysters, whatever you want to have with the rice.To my recollection, jambalaya is never fixed like a stew, as this one is, and served over separately cooked white rice."
"This recipe takes a lot of prep time but after you throw it in the crock pot, it's all worth it. The seasonings are just right and it makes a large amount. I ended up freezing half. Great for watching football!"
"Wonderfully easy and flavorful."
"I know from watching Emeril that Jambalya normally uses Andouille sausage, but here in rural, Western PA we just don't have access to it. This is the third time we've made this recipe. This time we doubled the chicken, shrimp, tomatoes and seasonings. My family is giving the altered recipe a solid 8 out of 10."
"great,easy to make"
"Tweeked the spices to fit my southern tastes. Wonderful,best I've ever had or made."
"Make this one all the time its one of my go to recipes. Wouldn't change a thins"
"have made often. have frozen, but kept shrimp separate and only added before serving."
"This is a great dish for a cool night very easy and everything was flavored just right"
"This was soooo unbelievably good! I only made a half recipe to try the first time, and I didn't have shrimp, but it was so good anyways, the flavor was perfect, not too spicy. And of course being able to throw it all in the slow cooker is such a bonus! I use mine as often as I can to make life easier."
"This is delicious! This is not a dish we come across often (I live in The Netherlands) but I love it. Like other reviewers I did not change a thing. It is a little spicy and has lots of flavor, I can truly recommend this. Thank you for sharing!"
"This was the easiest and tastiest Jambalaya I've ever made. I wouldn't change a thing!"
"Easy to make and just spicy enough for the whole family to enjoy. I will add this to my "keepers" list and wont change a thing!"
"absolutely amazing... great with and without the shrimp"
"making this again tonight. I thought it was good, not amazing but good. My bf on the other hand really really liked it. Guess it depends on what kind of taste you have"
"This is so flavorful and yummy. I love that it has a bit of spice and great texture. I didn't need to change anything, including the cook time, which is amazing in itself! I make this frequently!"
"Wonderful dish, full of flavor, try with confidence."
"This was an amazing crock pot recipe! I added 1 lb of shrimp and a lb of cut up tilapia! The fish was my favorite! I think I will try chicken thighs instead of breast next time though. Definitely a keeper!"
"Super easy and tasted great"
"This gets 5 stars for the ease of preparation and taste. I used less heat but that is a personal preference. Just dump it in and you're done!"
"This has become a staple in our house! I've made it with Chirzo sausage, so good and gives that extra spice!"
"Yummy!! everyone in out house loved it!! we like things a little spicier so we put in extra hot sauce and cayenne pepper"
"Great flavor and very easy to make. It is definitely a "keeper". We have made it several times already."
"My husband loves Jambalaya so i decided to give this recipe a try.It was extremely easy and both of us loved it.He said it's a keeper.I did leave out the celery because neither of us are fans."
"My family really enjoys this recipe. It's smoky, spicy and flavorful. Good Cajun flavor with milder heat. I've used the recipe several times now and they always ask for more."
"I've made this for about 5 years now and it's become a winter staple! Such a easy recipe and all of my family love it! Thanks for a great recipe!"
"This recipe was so easy and delicious! I substituted smoked turkey sausage for the regular sausage."
"We made this last night and no leftovers for today! This is delicious and so flavorful. Made it like the recipe says with only these substitutions...had boneless, skinless thighs instead of the breasts and used a precooked package of shrimp. The chicken thighs were just as good in it and I stirred in the shrimp just before serving, long enough for shrimp to get hot. This dish is spicy but not mouth burning spicy. As my hubby said, it is spicy but not enough to make his bald spot sweat! We will definitely be making this again!"
"My family feel in love with this recipe. I found it very easy to make with no fuss or bother. It is a great meal if you need a quick meal that has substance to it."
"Loved it. We forgot to put the shrimp on the night we made it and it definitely was missing something. We added shrimp on the second day and it was perfect! Definitely a keeper, perfect with freshly baked bread to dip!"
"Very good, but mine came out a little soupier than I expected. The leftovers thickened up and were perfect! I served it over brown rice. Next time I will use large or jumbo shrimp, the medium shrived up too much."
" Just omit the shrimp. More than enough protein/meat to make this dish.
"This isnt something I would normally make but I was wanting to branch out a little. My family loves this which was a shock. We have been making it on a regular basis for years now."
"Whenever I make dinner, it is rare for the whole family to agree on it. I rated this 5 stars because most of us enjoyed it. My hubby loved the shrimp, my mom loved the sausage, and my aunt loved the texture. One of my boys loved it but the other didn't. It had extra kick because I used a can of diced tomatoes w/green chillies. Overall, 4 thumbs up, 1 1/2 thumbs down (1/2 is for my three yr old. Too spicy I think). Great recipe. Next time, I'll add more chicken but I think I'll add it already cooked when I throw in the shrimp."
"Family really liked this. We didn't even need the rice!"
"This was a big hit. Spiced just right. My husband added more hot sauce at the table, but this is great as is. It is definately a new family favorite. I'm going to invite friends over just so we can share this!"
"Yes I will make this for my family again. I would add a little more hot sauce. It's a keeper."
"Made this for dinner. Family loved it. Will make again. Will probably and a little more hot sauce."
"I left out the celery and only put 1/2 of the cayenne pepper in, which was just enough heat. Overall, it had an excellent flavor!"
"i used chicken thighs instead of breasts we like them better and mango chipotle sausage have a nice kick in this jambalaya i did in the crock pot as well and did it for longer so next time i will add the peppers at a later time. added the shrimp the last 15 min and boy they were perfect served with corn bread and a salad."
"I have made this many times for just my family, or tripled for a crowd. Always gets rave reviews, easy to adjust for taste and heat. This is easy to make, healthy and filling!"
"I've made this many times and even made it for a party. I used kielbasa sausage and had the shrimp to add on the side. I loved that the veggies were still crunchy and sometimes the times on slow cooker recipes are too long and the food is cooked too much. This one is right.Thanks."
"Awesome recipe! I actually added 1 teaspoon extra of pepper sauce, just because I love spicy food! Served on rice and with cornbread and this was a great meal!"
"delishus!! i loved it but i didnt add in peppers or anything spicy."
"Served with sweet cornbread this is one of my family's favorite dishes. I use red peppers instead of green and increase the cayenne pepper and hot pepper sauce to give it more heat."
"Everyone loved it!! quick,easy, satisfying. What more can you ask for?"
"THIS WAS SO GOOD AND EASY I DID IT ON THE STOVE SIMMERED 1HR. 50 MINS. AND USED ITILIAN SPICY SAUSAGE. LOOKED AT A LOT OF RECIPES I'M GLAD I USED THIS ONE."
"My husband LOVES this dish!"
"Excellent flavor and a huge plus for being a one-pot-fix-it forget it type of meal."
"Definitely will make again, followed recipe with exception of adding hot pepper flakes instead of cayenne. Really liked the hint of smoked flavor off the sausages."
"I made this for dinner last night as I am always looking for dishes to serve over rice and it was a HUGE hit! My husband LOVED it - he kept going back for more. When I suggested omitting the shrimp next time he told me it was perfect the way it was! He liked that this had a lot of flavor with just enough heat. Definitely a keeper!"
"Made it exactly as listed, but no shrimp. The flavor was wonderful, and my husband thought so too! We agreed that with all that wonderful flavor, the shrimp would be overpowered, anyway. Could do with just the 1 tsp. of salt and not the extra 1/4 tsp. My husband doesn't like rice and ate it like a bowl of stew! Will definitely make it again."
"Made it exactly as listed, but no shrimp. The flavor was wonderful, and my husband thought so too! We agreed that with all that wonderful flavor, the shrimp would be overpowered, anyway. My husband doesn't like rice and ate it like a bowl of stew! Will definitely make it again."
"We loved it! I am going to make it Monday for a group dinner meeting. My only modification was to reduce the heat for myself; I put the hot sauce on the table. The flavor was wonderful! Thanks!"
"Made this last night and everyone loved it..my husband went nuts....I didn't do the slowcooker but browned all necessary ingredientsand then let simmer about 45 minutes. It's now on our favorites list. lm"
"I make this all the time my boys love it. It is very easy and tasty"
"Excellent layers of flavor. I didn't make this in a crock pot because there wasn't time. I sauted all of the vegies in olive oil first, added the spices except I used paprika instead of cayenne because my husband has acid issues, I added 2 Tbl of Cumin and 2 Tbl crushed Bay Leaves, browned chicken and sausages, added to mix, brought to bowl in dutch oven and simmered for 45 minutes, then added the shrimp and simmered 15 more minutes. Flavors were layered and distinct. Will add this to my Chef's List and serve with confidence to my clients."
"I substituted the cayenne pepper and hot sauce for Tony Cacheries and this was perfect. Kids loved it, husband loved it!"
"This was not spicy at all, but very flavorful. I cooked it longer and used 1 pound of shrimp."
"Have made this recipe for years now ... glad to find it here on line so I can save it on here too. Family request this recipe from me all the time ... now I can forward this to them from here ... pictures and all!"
"I was nervous that this would be too spicy, but it was just perfect - delicious! Will definitely make again and soon!"
"My Family absolutely loved this recipe!! I am getting ready to make it again!! Really tasty!!"
"Very good and easy to make. It tastes better the next day!"
"This is a wonderful recipe. I used fire roasted tomatoes which gave a really great taste."
"I make this often and it never fails. It is so easy and so delicious. It is even better the next day. Real comfort food for fall and winter. Serve with warm bread or rolls and you have a great meal."
"I've made this recipe many times and even served it for a large party. I do not add shrimp, but I have them on the side. I also use kielbasa sausage. Each time I fix it everyone loves it."
"Family loved it! I am making again this week, but will add a tablespoon of brown sugar to cut the acid from the tomatoes. It was quite juicy the first time I made it, so I may also try adding the cooked rice to the slow cooker when I add the shrimp. Nice recipe!"
"Great! So simple, we usually leave out the shrimp just to save a trip to the grocery store. Very yummy"
"I tried the Jamblaya recipe for the first time!!! It was a hit!!! I shared it with 3 other familys. All the men looooved it! Try it."
"My husband loves Jambalaya and I made this one and he loves it. I will be making it again."
"Love this Jambalaya. I have a favorite recipe I've made for years. This is just as good & easier. I added the shrimp & used andouille sausage plus the chicken."
"I made this without the shrimp. Wow, it is very good! I like the fact that it is a crock pot recipe, love those! I will be making this again!!"
"Made this yesterday we like it. Went together quickly. Very easy. Having left overs today for lunch"
"I made it without the shrimp and it was very good. It's just spicy enough and really good over rice. I did cook it on high, though, b/c I thought 4 hrs on low might not be enough to cook the vegetables. At 4 hrs on high, everything was cooked but not mushy."
"Just don't add the seafood. I make a great jambalaya without seafood, but I use ham instead of chicken."
"I don't eat shrimp or shellfish. Any suggestions on a substitute for the shrimp?"
"going to try this tomorrow. Sounds yummy"
"Love this recipe! Super tasty and is great as leftovers!"
Light-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.