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Slow-Cooked Hearty Jambalaya Recipe

Slow-Cooked Hearty Jambalaya Recipe

I love anything with Cajun spices, so I came up with this slow-cooker jambalaya that’s just as good as that served in restaurants. If you can’t find Andouille sausage, hot links, smoked sausage or chorizo will also work. I like to serve it with warm cornbread and garnished with sliced green onions. —Jennifer Fulk, Moreno Valley, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 pound fully cooked andouille sausage links, cubed
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 celery rib with leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Hot cooked rice


  • 1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 16 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in shrimp. Cover and cook 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Discard bay leaves. Serve with rice. Yield: 8 servings.

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cccosey User ID: 5810783 263410
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2017

"My mother is creole and use to make something that tastes similar however she never called it jambalaya. Maybe because it was usually just chicken and sausage. I thought that this had a nice kick (I added cayenne, pepper and a bit more creole seasoning). I think this would be better with cut okra because it tastes almost exactly like my okra and tomatoes. I think next time I will add okra to this!"

zookeeperk User ID: 819663 231827
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"Made this according to recipe except I left the adding of the Louisiana-style hot sauce to each individual according to their personal taste, which worked out perfectly."

mymaestro User ID: 1168124 228088
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"The taste was awesome. I did find that it had a lot of juice. I just drained it off and used it to make some SERIOUSLY good rice!"

Luvs2Cook14 User ID: 7798403 219360
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"This is amazing! My husband said he felt like he was in New Orleans :) The only thing I did different was to put in raw shrimp and let it cook for about 20 minutes. Excellent recipe, thanks for sharing!"

Terena User ID: 3238586 208520
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"I made this for a large family gathering. Many of us had never eaten it before, and it was a hit!"

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 162138
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"I had boneless chicken thighs on hand, which I used instead by cutting them up, salting them and partially cooking them. I omitted the celery and red pepper since I didn't have them on hand, as well as the extra thyme since it was already in my homemade Cajun seasoning.

Everyone enjoyed it with hush puppies."

damonsamara User ID: 5029442 94310
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"My husband loves the Cajun seasoning on everything so this recipe was a big hit. We used our own homemade Andouille sausage. It even gets better the next day. THANK YOU !!! Great Recipe !!!!"

deb1127 User ID: 1529189 147653
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"this was delicious.made it for company and they raved about it."

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 75038
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014


stwood64 User ID: 3644447 162137
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"Am I to assume 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic is dried and not fresh?"

Derrell User ID: 2982687 162385
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

"I love good Jambalaya . I make a simular recipe by using a basic recipe but adding my own extra ingredients ."

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 147430
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"We enjoyed this recipe. Next time, we'll add some okra and maybe a few more veggies. Also, we served it with red beans and rice, along with bread for dipping. All in all, very tasty. Thanks!"

Jpeck93 User ID: 6276928 163237
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"Big hit with my husband. Much better than an old recipe that I had been using. Thank you for some real *comfort* food."

senzascusa User ID: 2756822 162136
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"Considering how ridiculously easy this is to make (no browning necessary, just throw it all in the pot), I expected a 4-star recipe, but it really is divine. So much better than another highly rated one I tried from this site a few weeks ago (Forgotten Jambalaya). Can't wait to make it again and will probably spice it up more. Not that spicy at all with just 1 tsp hot sauce."

moedale User ID: 5755583 162335
Reviewed May. 3, 2011

"I was not too excited about this recipe. I thought it was way too spicy which overwhelmed the entire dish."

lmb3296 User ID: 1860248 116869
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"My husband loved this!! Will make again soon!"

kobenkyla User ID: 5852491 147429
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"So full of flavor! It was wonderful. This dish was fast and easy to make as well as being super yummy :)"

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 75037
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"We love this Jambalaya! It was a big hit at a recent potluck. I used regular smoked beef sausage and it was delicious. For the shrimp, I just used a package of frozen salad shrimp and it worked out just fine. I love the seasonings in this recipe and it is so easy in the slow cooker! Don't let the lengthy ingredient list discourage you from trying this.

This was my second time preparing this, but it definitely won't be the last. A definite "keeper" recipe!"

loleyour User ID: 3869039 147652
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"Very simple to make and worth it. I would make again."

hunter6295 User ID: 1021074 147428
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"This truly is the best Jambalaya I've ever tasted. Sometimes I add okra if I have it but otherwise I don't mess with it. It is delicious as is."

[email protected] User ID: 4120394 94338
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"Sorry, but I must disagree, this recipe is not as good as those served in restaurants, it is sooooo much better!!!! I can't wait to make it again. THANK YOU"

lilsweetie User ID: 3902267 94309
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2009

"This is absolutely delicious. Couldn't find Andouille so used Chorizo as recommended. A definite keeper. It smelled amazing and I love the fact that there is zero oil added.

We also tried serving it over penne pasta like they do at a local restaurant."

sox2775 User ID: 1722975 162135
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

"excellent dish - so easy and so tasty. i've received many compliments"

karinmonahan User ID: 1563766 208519
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2008

"Best I've ever had! My husband asks for it a few times a month."

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