Crock-Pot Jambalaya Recipe

There are countless slow cooker jambalaya recipes across our wonderful, worldwide web. To my dismay, none of them resembled the Jambalaya I’m used to. You know I had to change that! Growing up in Southern Louisiana, I’ve had my share of bowls of the best Jambalaya! The Jambalaya I’m accustomed to isn’t red. It’s more brown based. Instead of a soup being served over rice like Gumbo, our version is comprised of rice. It’s spicy goodness and I have to show to how it’s done in my neck of the woods!

All in the Seasoning

The heart of this recipe is the spiced broth! I like to start by blooming spices in chicken broth. I pour the broth in the bottom of my Crock-Pot, then pile on the spices! I do this because I do not season the actual chicken pieces. I solely rely on the broth to flavor the chicken. Works like a charm!

Release the Grease

Since we’re using a slow cooker, it’s impossible to achieve those nice crisp edges on our sausage coins. We have to brown them a bit before adding them in. You can do this by sautéing them on the stove. Or, popping them in the oven for a few minutes. I choose the oven. This will also reduce the amount of added grease in our dish from the sausages.

Ditch the Fork

Down here, we shred the chicken after it’s cooked. An easy way to do this is to dump the chicken into a stand mixer and let it rip! 30 seconds of mixing will yield perfectly shredded bird. No more forks!

Parboiled Rice is the Trick

Parboiled rice…I’ll give my beginner cooks a chance to google it. Got it? Cool. This is what I like to call “Jambalaya Rice”. The worst kind of situation is to have gummy rice in this dish. It’s not the business! Parboiled rice is also great to use in any slow cooker recipes containing rice. It’s cooks beautifully in Crock-Pots.

Don’t Forget the Shrimp

I totally did this initially. Prepared the dish and became so excited with the outcome that I forgot to incorporate the shrimp! It’s really perfect without the shrimp for those with allergies. You won’t miss it. But, my seafood lovers should definitely add in the shrimp!
Now, this is good ole Southeast, Louisiana Jambalaya!

Happy Cooking,

B. Coop

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Crock-Pot Jambalaya Recipe

The absolute best Cajun style Jambalaya recipe. Patterned after the traditional Jambalaya served in southern Louisiana, the recipe is flavorful and filling. Loads of chicken, sausage, shrimp, and rice. This is a full meal all in one.


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 lb smoked sausage browned*
  • 1 lb large peeled raw shrimp
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks finely diced
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2-3 TBS Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 2 TBS paprika
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 TBS Italian seasoning
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 2 cups parboiled rice**
  • Fresh parsley to garnish
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Spray the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Pour in the chicken broth
  3. Add in the Cajun seasoning, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  4. Stir in the garlic and tomato paste
  5. Add the chicken thighs
  6. Add in the onion, bell pepper, celery, and smoked sausage
  7. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or on LOW for 4-5 hours.
  8. Remove the chicken and shred it.
  9. Return the chicken back into the slow cooker
  10. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  11. Stir in the rice
  12. Cover and continue cooking on HIGH for 1 hour or on LOW for 2 hours.
  13. Stir in the shrimp.
  14. Cover and cook for an additional 20 minutes on HIGH or until the shrimp are fully cooked
  15. Stir and fluff.
  16. Garnish with fresh, chopped parsley
  17. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*To brown the sausage, place it into a shallow pan and bake on 375°F for 10 minutes.
**Using long grain white rice will alter the timing and texture. Parboiled rice is recommended for this dish.


Laissez les bon temp rouler, Cookies! It’s carnival season in Louisiana and we’re excited! Mardi Gras is one week away! It’s one of the best times to be here in the Boot state! So much culture, lively spirits, love, and AMAZING FOOD! Which brings us to today’s recipe…Jambalaya!

I wish I could have each of you in my kitchen to smells this stuff! It’s heavenly! Chicken, sausage, the Holy Trinity, rice, shrimp…omg! It’s goodness! And pretty easy to make!

The key to cooking the rice perfectly is to not open that lid! The steam is what cooks the rice. It can definitely stand on its own, but add a salad and/or some white beans, and honey, you’ve got a meal! Don’t forget the king cake!!



1-2 lbs chicken thighs (bone in)

1 lb sausage (sliced )

1 lb shrimp

1 green bell pepper

1 onion

2 stalks of celery

2 T garlic

1 T tomato paste

1 1/2 cup parboiled rice

3 cups chicken stock

cajun spices

Season chicken well Add it to a pot (preferably a dutch oven) all with half of the chopped veggies Pour in enough water to cover the chicken and bring to a boil Low heat and simmer until chicken is cooked Remove chicken and coarsely shred Reserve stock In the same pot, brown the sausage Add in the remaining veggies, except garlic, and saute for 5 mins Now, stir in the garlic Add the tomato paste and stir Add the chicken and chicken stock Bring to a boil Stir in the rice Turn the heat to LOW and cover. Do NOT uncover until after 20-25 mins. NO peeking! Taste and adjust seasoning if needed Add in shrimp Stir gently and turn off heat. The residual heat with cook the shrimp Once shrimp are pink allow the jambalaya to stand for 5 mins before serving Enjoy!