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Hearty Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Try this tasty recipe for hearty slow cooker jambalaya. Chicken, spicy andouille sausage, and shrimp simmered in a slow cooker and served over rice.

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Seeing as how I live the next state over from Cajun country, it should be no surprise that Cajun and Creole food makes its way to our table from time to time.  I sometimes worry that The Husband would sell our firstborn for a pile of freshly boiled and heavily seasoned crawfish.  About every 3-4 months, I make a big pot of gumbo and The Husband and I eat on it for days.

slow cooker jambalaya

Back in August, when I attended the International Food Bloggers Conference in New Orleans, there was a heated debate circulating on what the biggest difference was between Cajun and Creole food.  It all came down to tomatoes.  In a nutshell, Creole’s are city-folk.  Cajun’s are country-folk.  The closer you get to the city, the more likely you are to find tomatoes in the cooking. Creole jambalaya, also known as red jambalaya is characterized “the trinity” – celery, peppers, and onions – a combination found in most dishes.  The meat is usually chicken and sausage, like  andouille or smoked sausage. Next vegetables and tomatoes are added, followed by seafood.

slow cooker jambalaya
My favorite thing about this dish is that you can make it in your slow cooker.  No, it’s not the most traditional way, but it sure is nice to come home from work to a pot of this goodness simmering on your kitchen counter. A little tip about preparing this in a slow cooker – get some Reynold’s Slow Cooker liners.  I’m serious, these things are the best.

The night before, I chop my chicken breasts and put them in a separate container.  Then I line a big freezer container with a slow cooker liner, chop all the veg, add my herbs, then put a lid on it and store it in the fridge overnight.  The next morning, all I have to do is carefully pull out the liner, place it in the slow cooker, add my remaining ingredients, and set the time.

slow cooker jambalaya

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Hearty Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Try this tasty recipe for hearty slow cooker jambalaya. Chicken, spicy andouille sausage, and shrimp simmered in a slow cooker and served over rice.
Course Soup
Cuisine American, Cajun, Creole
Cook Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Lisa B.


  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 pound fully cooked andouille sausage links cubed
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 (8 oz.) can 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


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all the ingredients except the shrimp and rice.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
  • Add shrimp. Cover and cook an additional 15 minutes until shrimp are heated through.
  • Remove and discard bay leaves.
  • Serve over rice


Inspired by Taste of Home magazine.


  1. Hi Sarah! Yes, you can. Cook it on high for 3.5 – 4 hours.

  2. 5 stars
    Can you cook this on high? I’ve always loved it on low, but I forgot to start it this morning…

  3. Hi Shadelle! The original recipe I have doesn’t call for okra. However, if I have okra on hand I will throw some in there.

  4. Just wondered…..the picture looks like there is okra in it. But the recipe doesn’t say anything about it. Does the pic indeed show okra or is that something else?

  5. Dee, I agree! Those Reynolds liners are the best invention since sliced bread!

  6. 5 stars
    I almost never purchase an item simply because it makes my life easier, But I’ve got to tell you that I have a 3 1/2 qt. AND a 6 qt. slow cooker that have never been used without a liner, and I don’t begrudge Reynolds a dime of the money I have spent on them. I only wish we had had them back in the days when the crock and the pot were one piece!

  7. Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook)

    this sounds delicious, i need to try this sometime!

  8. Wow, you are not kidding when you say Hearty! That is one hearty and full of fun and flavor bowl. Makes me hungry just by looking at the shrimp and sausage. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  9. This recipe looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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