Forgotten Jambalaya Recipe
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Forgotten Jambalaya Recipe

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During chilly months, I fix this jambalaya at least once a month. It’s so easy…just chop the vegetables, dump everything in the slow cooker and forget it! Even my sons, who are picky about spicy things, like this dish.—Cindi Coss, Coppell, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 4-1/4 hours
MAKES:11 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 4-1/4 hours
MAKES: 11 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 230 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 1016mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.


  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.
  2. 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.
Originally published as Forgotten Jambalaya in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p33

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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swinny User ID: 1858482 265128
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2017

"Tasty. Did not have any shrimp so I skipped out of this ingredient and dish was still tasty!!!"

Bakedwithlove User ID: 8182776 262085
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"My family loves it!!!"

mamashari User ID: 3758442 261563
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2017

"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!"

SRAdair User ID: 5856862 261374
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017 Edited Apr. 22, 2017

"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! Second time: Again, in the Instant Pot. This time I sauted the onion, green pepper, celery for a few minutes then added spices and garlic and cooked about a minute, then added chicken and sausage stirred a bit, then added all the other ingredients. Then cooked on the slow cooker setting for 2-1/2 hours, added shrimp and cooked another half hour. I love this recipe. So easy."

Kasha User ID: 179140 261010
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"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!"

Kimmknight User ID: 8943936 260521
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

"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!!!"

KookieB User ID: 8859340 260226
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

"Been making a similar dish for years. It may not be the authentic way but it sure works for me. Always a winner!"

kjh34 User ID: 7299128 255668
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

"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!"

shawnba User ID: 2581969 249943
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

"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"

i43sandy User ID: 8850230 247794
Reviewed May. 2, 2016

"I made this and it was AWESOME!!! It was super easy to prepare, had good flavor and was just spicy enough. I didn't add the chicken or shrimp - I used smoked sausage and kielbasa. I added more chicken stock - just enough to cover it! I will be repeating this recipe for years to come!!!"

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