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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 calculated without rice equals 230 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 1,016 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g 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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup calculated without rice equals 230 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 1,016 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"Quick and easy; Basic recipe easy to adapt."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"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!"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"Really good...used precooked frozen shrimp."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"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."

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