Jambalaya is such great comfort food, full of flavor and healthy ingredients. Here is a thoroughly “no-fuss” version of this Southern classic dish. (You can also check out our traditional Jambalaya.) Just throw everything in the slow cooker, add in the last two ingredients 15 minutes before serving, and you’re done! The slow cooker does the rest while you’re at work, running errands, or taking care of other things around the house.
Once you open that slow cooker, be prepared to swoon from the wonderful aroma!
It doesn’t get any easier than this. A couple of weeks ago we decided spur-of-the-moment to have my family over for dinner after church. I had 30 minutes to figure out what to throw in the slow cooker so it could cook while we were at church and be ready by the time we got home. I had just bought some andouille sausage the day before so that made the decision easy: A slow cooker jambalaya. I grabbed several bell peppers (love all the colors) and started throwing ingredients into the slow cooker. I quickly made a batch of my Homemade Creole Seasoning and added it to the mix. When we got home and I opened the lid….heaven! The aroma and flavor outcome of this slow-cooked jambalaya is wonderful!
We all sat down to a fabulous, fuss-free meal and the compliments were still pouring in later that evening as my family said goodbye.
If you like jambalaya, give this super easy version a try – you’ll love it!
Let’s get started!
Add the chicken, sausage, onion, celery and bell peppers to the slow cooker.
Whip up a batch of this fantastic Homemade Creole Seasoning. This seasoning really makes all the difference in this jambalaya!
Add the diced tomatoes, garlic, bay leaf, salt, chicken broth, and the Homemade Creole Seasoning. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
Stir in the rice and shrimp (I didn’t use shrimp this time) and cook for another 15 minutes.
Serve immediately. Enjoy!
You may also want to try these other two version of Jambalaya: Another fast but non-slow cooker version, and the traditional New Orleans Jambalaya.
Weeknight Jambalaya (click for recipe)
New Orleans Jambalaya This is the traditional, authentic version (click for recipe)
- 1 pound chicken breast, cut into chunks
- 1 pound andouille or other flavorful sausage, sliced
- ½ pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
- 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1-2 cups chicken broth (see NOTE)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons Homemade Creole Seasoning
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 bay leaf
- Hot sauce, according to heat preference
- 2 cups cooked rice
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker except for the shrimp and rice. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Stir in the rice and shrimp and cook for another 15 minutes. Add salt and hot sauce to taste. Serve immediately.
Diane K Fox says
I have just started cooking this recipe and will let you know how it turns out. From all the comments, it sounds amazing! I love Jambalaya.
Thanks for the recipe!