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Big Easy Jambalaya

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


  • 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 smoked kielbasa, sliced
  • 2 fully cooked 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


  • 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.
  • Stir in rice. Cook on high 30 minutes longer or until rice is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 565 calories, 23g fat (8g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 1673mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 33g protein.

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  • Jeanie
    Jul 11, 2017

    We live in AZ, never ate Jambalaya but wanted to. Tried this and we think it is spectacularly delicious! EXCEPT ~ 2 cups uncooked rice? I wondered but followed directions. The beautiful brothy dish was stiff and dry but great taste. For lunch next day , hubby added ckn broth to thin and was the ticket. Finished it today and again we enjoy this recipe very much ~ so much flavor. Hasn't anyone else had a problem with too much rice? Thank you for a great recipe. We live at 5,000 ft. does this make a difference?

  • sonnybenesh
    Nov 2, 2016

    Great slow cooker recipe! It makes a lot too.

  • Peapod0114
    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.

  • whiskeyjar
    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 peasDoubled the tomatoes as well, but used one can of stewed tomatoes and one can fire roasted.Used a smoked sausage ring instead of the kielbasaused chorizo sausage instead of andouille2 tbsp of worchestershiredoubled the parsley and thymeI 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!

  • ajgearha
    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.

  • dlea39
    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!

  • shere411
    Mar 4, 2012

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

  • shere411
    Mar 4, 2012

    This rather quick and easy recipe is great for on the go familes...great for a rainy night dinner

  • jduvall61
    Mar 4, 2012

    This was so easy to put together and full of flavor! My whole family loved it even my picky teenage son! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  • MichelleCosta
    Mar 4, 2012

    This recipe was amazing!!! Though it is a nice photo it does not do this recipe justice ;-) I used this for a family get together last night and it was a huge hit!! Unfurtunatley I don't have any left overs... guess I'll just have to make more. Oh and I did have to share this recipe with others, so definatley give it a try,we will be making this again soon!! Loved it!