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Colleen's Slow Cooker Jambalaya Recipe
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Colleen's Slow Cooker Jambalaya
Try this authentic taste of the Bayou--made quick and easy in your slow cooker. See more
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Colleen's Slow Cooker Jambalaya

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"This recipe came about from a lot of experimenting over the years. My family and friends like this version the best. Serve over cooked rice."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs

    8 hrs 20 mins


  1. In a slow cooker, mix the chicken, sausage, tomatoes with juice, onion, green bell pepper, celery, and broth. Season with oregano, parsley, Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, and thyme.
  2. Cover, and cook 7 to 8 hours on Low, or 3 to 4 hours on High. Stir in the shrimp during the last 30 minutes of cook time.
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  • Serve over your favorite rice.
  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 23, 2007

I thought this was fantastic! I live in New Orleans and believe the taste to be authentic. Due to previous reviews about it being too runny, I drained the tomatoes (I used diced tomatoes with onion, celery, and green peppers). I omitted the pepper (my family doesn't like them), and added 4 or so cloves of sliced garlic (a must!). I used Tony Chachere's seasoning, and only 1/2 tsp. cayenne and I thought it was perfect, but some (like my mother-in-law who is very sensitive), might find it a big spicy (nothing a little sour cream on top won't fix :D). Finally, I planned on adding rice directly in the crock pot, but it turned out to actually be too dry (may be because it cooked for 9 1/2 hours), so I had to cook the rice separately, then stirred it in with about 1/2 cup of extra chicken broth. So easy, and so good!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 15, 2007

Flavor wasn’t bad but it was very spicy. Personally I’d call this soup, not Jambalaya. Jambalaya has rice cooked together with the rest of the ingredients and it‘s not soupy. I’ll stick with a more authentic recipe like the “Oven Baked Jambalaya” on this site. And be sure to try the “Creole Seasoning Blend”, also on this site, IT ROCKS! It’s all the Cajun seasoning you’ll ever need.

Feb 19, 2005

I thought this receipe was very good. My husband says he thought Jambalya should be a little bit more soupy. I used turkey sausage instead and left out the cajun seasoning because my kids will not eat anything with alot of spice. I cooked the rice seperate and then mixed it together. This says it is a serving for 12 (but it made 17 cups for me) enough to have it again for another night. I am putting down information if anyone is interested and this is based on what I used. 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (all fat removed), 1 pound sweet turkey sausage, 14 oz canned diced tomatoes with onions, 14 oz canned diced tomatoes with green chilies, 3/4 c frozen tri colored bell pepper strips (diced), 2 c finely diced celery (4 stalks)-(the second cup was an accident-but turned out good), 1 c 99% fat free chicken broth, 1 1/3 c frozen chopped onion, 1 pound frozen shrimp, 3 c uncooked rice, 2 tsp dried oregano, 2 tsp dried parsley, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp dried thyme Information based on a 1 c serving (17 servings)Calories 233.2 / Fat 3.9 / Fiber 1.7 / Sodium 582.6

Jan 18, 2008

I have never been a real jambalaya fan...but this is the BOMB! I love the combination of chicken, sausage and shrimp. The only things I do different... I don't like cooked celery, so I omit that...and I serve it over red beans a rice that I make from a package, instead of plain white rice. Oh I also use uncooked shrimp and add it a little earlier to the crock pot...cooked shrimp tends to get too chewy. YUM YUM YUM - always requested...and this year we're having a Cajun themed Christmas of which this dish will be the main meal.

Oct 03, 2006

O.k., so it's a little soupy. But let me tell you, the flavor of this stuff absoultely rocks!! It's as good as any jambalaya I've had anywhere! And talk about easy! If the "soupiness" bothers you, put your cooked rice in ahead of time and it will absorb liquid. Fortunately, I am able to get andouille sausage in Houston, but I would guess that, if you only had access to kielbasa or smoked sausage, you could kick the cayenne up a notch or two and get the same result. This stuff rocks. Thanks for sharing it with us!!

Mar 09, 2006

This is good! I used 4T. of the Creole Seasoning recipe on this site instead of the seasonings listed (gives much more flavor).I also found that 4 hours in my slow cooker is plenty of cooking time and I don't end up with mush!The last 1/2 hour of cooking I add the shrimp and 2C. of instint brown rice.

Jan 06, 2005

My whole family loved this recipe. I would not cut down on the spices like some suggested. I don't like things too spicy and this had kick, but was not too hot. I also would make the rice separate and pour the jambalaya over it. I tried adding the rice to the crock pot and it absorbed all of the liquid too quickly not allowing the rice to fully cook.

Nov 06, 2006

This was wonderful! I assembled it the night before a company potluck, then took it to work and plugged it in at the office. It cooked on high for 4 hours. I ommitted the shrimp, and in the last 1/2 hour of cooking, I added about 7 servings worth of INSTANT rice to the pot, and let it cook. It was a huge hit! The only thing I really changed was that I used a Creole seasoning blend in lieu of the seasonings it calls for. It was just easier that way!


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  • Calories
  • 235 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 99 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 13.6 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 20.2 g
  • 40%
  • Sodium
  • 688 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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