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Crockpot Jambalaya Recipe
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Crockpot Jambalaya Recipe

This crockpot jambalaya recipe is the ultimate "set it and forget it" comfort food, loaded with rice, shrimp, smoked andouille sausage and Cajun seasonings. So easy to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: andouille, cajun, creole, rice, shrimp
Servings: 8
Calories: 304kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 small onions chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped (optional, for spicier)
  • 1 stalks celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast chopped
  • ½ pound andouille sausage chopped – if you want to get REALLY meaty, add a whole pound!
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 teaspoons spicy Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup white rice I used a long grain - I only used 1 cup here, but you can fit 2 if you want the meal to feed more. If you do, add more stock.
  • ½ pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Chopped parsley and red pepper flakes for garnish
  • Your favorite hot sauce for serving

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a crockpot or slow cooker except for the rice and shrimp. Stir.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours, or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  • Rice. Stir in the rice 1 hour before serving. Check for doneness after 40 minutes. Add in a bit more stock or water if the rice is not done to your liking and continue to cook.
  • Shrimp. Add the shrimp 15 minutes before serving to cook through.
  • Serve into bowls and garnish with chopped parsley and red pepper flakes, with hot sauce on the side.

Notes

Cooking Times Can Vary. Note that cooking times can vary depending on your crock pot or slow cooker. If you are concerned, check the doneness of the first ingredients an hour early and test for doneness. Check the cooked rice after 20 minutes to 30 minutes. 
Build Extra Flavor. You can build additional flavor with your jambalaya if you cook down the onion, peppers and celery and brown the chicken and andouille sausage first in a hot pan. Then, add them to the crockpot with the remaining ingredients and seasonings. The browned meats and cooked vegetables offer a more developed flavor. It's an extra step, but worth doing.
Heat Factor. Mild-Medium, depending on your Cajun seasonings blend and the types of peppers you add in. Creole seasoning works great, too. You can go spicier with hotter peppers. Sometimes I toss in a habanero or two for my own preferences. Omit hot peppers and go easy on the spices for a milder version. 

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 668mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1085IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg