1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 ounces turkey kielbasa, halved and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 teaspoons salt-free Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika (optional)
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with onion and green peppers, undrained
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
2 (3 1/2-ounce) bags boil-in-bag long-grain rice
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon hot sauce
Fresh parsley leaves (optional)
How to Make It
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place chicken in an electric slow cooker.
Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add onion mixture, turkey kielbasa, and next 5 ingredients (through chicken broth) to slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours.
Cook rice according to package directions. Add cooked rice and remaining ingredients except parsley garnish to slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 15 minutes or until shrimp are done. Garnish with parsley leaves, if desired.
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My family loved this recipe. I have varying tastes in my house, so I put the hot sauce on the table so everyone could add what they wanted. I doubled the turkey kielbasa. I also found that the rice got mushy leftover, so I served the jambalaya over the rice the next time I made it. Very yummy!!
Didn't use a crockot, but it didn't take very long to prepare in my dutch oven (about 45 mins. including prep.). Removed chicken after browning, browned jalepeno sausage and drained fat off then added veggies and sauteed. Added ingredients through rice and simmered 10 mins. Returned chicken to pot, simmered 5 min. and added shrimp simmered another 5-7 min. Didn't need hot sauce (probably b/c of jalapeno sausage); was delicious;-).
I made this in my pressure cooker (10-12 minutes). As daneanp said, "It came out with more broth than expected", but it was delicious! I also used brown rice (40 minutes). Will definitely make this again.