Crockpot Jambalaya

Recipe for Crockpot Jambalaya
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Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 cups onion, chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1 bay leaf
15 ounce canned tomatoes
1/2 cup minced Italian parsley
5 pounds skinless chicken thighs
1 pound smoked sausage--sliced lengthwise, then across in semi circles
1 pound chicken Andouille sausage--sliced lengthwise, then across in semicircles
1 pound raw peeled and deveined shrimp.
1/2 cup water
Salt and pepper, to taste
Hot Sauce and or salt free Cajun seasoning to taste.
14 ounces long-grain rice (about 2-1/4 cups)
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon Kosher salt


  1. Use a large crockpot or 2 regular size crockpots. Coat with vegetable spray.
  2. Mix vegetables and seasonings with canned tomatoes. Spread over bottom of crockpot. Tuck thighs into vegetable mixture. Top with chopped sausages. Pour water over, cover, and cook on high for 4 hours.
  3. Remove cover and stir in rice, thyme, and salt. Cover and cook for an additional 50 minutes adding shrimp for the last 15 minutes of the 50. (Or until shrimp and rice are done).

Substitutions & Suggested Additions:

Chicken breast for thighs in whole or part substitution.

Sausage of choice for smoked and Andouille. (Linguica, chorico, etc.)

Alternatively, rice may be precooked separately and added near the end until heated through.

Hot sauce and Cajun seasoning may be omitted if you don’t like it spicy and each can add their own to taste at the table.

Remove bay leaf before serving.

Serve with bread of choice. (Hush puppies, cornbread, biscuits, etc.)


10 to 12 servings

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I made this today for a Mardi Gras patio party attended by a ton of people. They went wild over this--it's perfection! Sooo easy. I didn't use as much creole seasoning or thyme but still the results were fantastic. And I used minute rice which I cooked separately and added at the end. Thank you for a great easy recipe!

Crockpot Jambalaya

When I am cooking Jambalaya If I use 16 ounces of rice And add 2 cups of liquid per cup of rice. This ensures a moist Jambalaya. The tomatoes would count as liquid & I then use Chicken Broth instead of water.

no shrimp in jambalaya!

no shrimp in jambalaya!


I respectfully disagree. Shrimp make it mo better!

If the choice is made to add

If the choice is made to add precooked rice, how much liquid should be omitted ot avoid a runny Jambalaya?

You can cut the amount of

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You can cut the amount of water by half. Enjoy!