Slow Cooker Jambalaya Soup

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A good hearty meal for a winter weekend, Slow Cooker Jambalaya Soup with chicken and sausage will warm you up. This cold and flu fighter may even convince you to change up your chicken soup routine!

3 cans (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon each dried thyme and dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
1 cup celery, thinly sliced
2/3 cup long-grain brown rice
1 package smoked sausage, Andouille sausage is a good choice
2 pounds skinless chicken drumsticks or skinless boneless thighs
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 pound fresh okra, sliced 1/2-inch thick (optional)
1/2 pound medium shrimp, cleaned

In saucepan, bring broth, tomatoes, garlic, thyme, marjoram, and cayenne to a boil.

Into a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker, add onions, celery, rice, and sausage. Add broth then tuck chicken under liquid, meaty sides down. Scatter peppers on top. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, or on high for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, until rice has softened and chicken is tender. Turn to high (or keep on high) and add shrimp and okra. Cook for 5 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked and okra is crisp-tender. Remove chicken and cut meat from bones. Ladle soup into bowls and add chicken to each portion.

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