Easy Slow-Cooker Jambalaya

  • Patten Posted: 01/18/11
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    I made a lot of changes - used cut up chicken breast instead of thighs, turkey smoked sausage, and cooked rice separately. I also added Old Bay about halfway through and cooked it for 8 hrs on low. It was pretty good but a little juicy b/c I had cooked the rice separately. Looking forward to leftovers for dinner tomorrow!

  • ksyrup78 Posted: 09/12/09
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    This was absolutely delicious! I also added Old Bay seasoning in addition to the Cajun seasoning, and used a mixture of long grain rice and yellow saffron rice. I can't wait to make it again!

  • delaney Posted: 10/16/10
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    good flavor,but rice was`nt done,please redo recipe!!!

  • TEEWEE91977 Posted: 10/26/10
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    This is a wonderful meal! I pre-cooked the rice prior to adding to the crockpot because I knew there would be a problem with the rice getting done. I suggest cooking your rice before adding to the pot; this solved the problem for me. Don't give up on this recipe, it's delicous and so easy to prepare. This is going in my permanent recipe file; it's a keeper.

  • Jaimiz Posted: 01/19/10
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    easy to make and delicious!

  • Terrylady1 Posted: 03/14/10
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    I made this recipe a few days ago, I wasnet too thrilled but the flavors were okay. Seemed as though it needed more sauce.. but with some tweaking could have major potential

  • QueenDiva Posted: 04/25/10
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    I am so disappointed in this recipe because it's expensive. I followed it to a T the rice was not done in 30 minutes, it took another hour for the rice to cook some of it was mushy and some was not even cooked. I gave it 1 star because it's very tasty. I would make it again if I knew how to fix this disaster.

  • Sandi218 Posted: 06/07/10
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    What a disaster! The rice was still crunchy after cooking for the allotted time. I had to empty the slow cooker into a pot on the stove to finish cooking the meal. The flavor of the dish was ok though.

  • mscdbb Posted: 10/28/10
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    I added 1 3/4 cups of long grain brown basmati rice and let this cook on high for an additional 4 hours...the rice NEVER got cooked all the way. After about 3 hours it started to soften. DO NOT follow the recipe in regards to the rice! Pre-cook or use minute rice. Otherwise, the recipe was ok. Nothing fabulous, but okay.

  • brian42 Posted: 09/25/10
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    This recioe was simple. After i read the previous reviews I just used minute rice andhad no problems. I definately will use it again. 9/25/10

  • kwfisher Posted: 09/13/11
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    I should've read the reviews first. Definitely need to cook the rice separately. The whole family did love the flavors and the kids ate it up, so I'll make it again and precook the rice first!

  • ellenweissman Posted: 01/12/12
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    Loved it!

  • CindyJohnson Posted: 02/26/12
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    My family loved this but, I made a few changes. I used chicken andouille sausage to cut the fat. I used a good quality brown rice that can withstand the long cooking time and added it from the beginning which, lets it absorb all of the flavors.

  • laurdig Posted: 04/05/12
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    Like everyone else, sure wish I read the reviews first. MAYBE I'll try this again and either cook the rice separately or put it in hours earlier, but more likely I'll look for another recipe. This was good, but it wasn't crazy delicious. Using Old Bay is a great suggestion. What's not better with Old Bay??

  • FredBull1116 Posted: 06/04/12
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    Glad I read the reviews first. I will make Jambalaya tonight, but not this one. Why does the picture show stovetop preperation for a slow cooker recipe? Hmm...

  • hannahsgirl Posted: 05/16/12
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    after cooking the minute rice do you add it to the crockpot or serve it seperately? can not rate because I have not made it yet but it's making me pick a star to post this.

  • AvaJane Posted: 08/16/12
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    I cut the chicken into 2 inch pieces, and added a can of Rotel tomatoes. I used thawed frozen shrimp, not fresh. I also cooked on high the whole time. The result was great. I served with chopped scallions instead of parsley. Nice easy recipe for the slow cooker. I'll make again.

  • Dpattavina Posted: 02/04/13
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    I haven't actually tasted this yet, will update when I do, but wanted to comment to say that I changed the recipe a bit and saved a lot of calories. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and one package (4 sausages) Aidell's Cajun Style Andouille Sausage. It was easy to prepare. I had thought about doubling the recipe, but then realized that my crockpot would only hold one recipe. So I went ahead and cut up the veggies, put them in a small ziploc bag, put that bag in a large freezer bag with the sausage and chicken and froze it for later use. I'm looking forward to seeing how that will turn out.

  • Pammy12 Posted: 07/24/12
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    I made this 2 nights ago, and it was really good. I read all the previous comments about the rice not coming out right, so I just used 3 cups of instant rice instead and let it cook about 15 minutes; it came out pretty good.

  • AnnieDS Posted: 09/25/12
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    My husband hates the slow cooker, and I'll be honest, I haven't loved anything that has come out of it either. But with a new job and crazy hours, I've had to form a bit of a relationship with the thing. Anyway, we had this last night and my husband and I both liked it! Success! I did make some changes and would make some more next time. First, I added a tbsp. of Old Bay in addition to the creole seasoning. We are from Baltimore, so we add Old Bay to everything. I also cooked the rice separately, as other reviewers suggested. I actually used some of the liquid from the slow cooker to cook the rice. It gave the rice good flavor and got rid of the excess liquid that the rice is supposed to absorb. Lastly, I used chicken breasts which I wouldn't do again, as they dried out just a bit. I think I would make my own creole seasoning next time - the store bought stuff has so much salt and a bit of an "off" taste, IMO. I gave this 4 stars because of its potential. Good, but needs some work.

  • jojo9272007 Posted: 06/18/12
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    I followed the recipe and added 5 cups of water, precooked rice. Next time i will not use so much oregano and maybe half of the amount of cajun seasoning. My little ones did not like. I will also do it with anduille sausage next time.

  • Jkgoebel Posted: 06/25/12
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    I haven't made this yet, but this is my plan for dinner tomorrow. Do I need to cook the chicken before hand? And I'm going to use a brown rice, I suppose I should cook it before.

  • Myp8nts Posted: 09/07/12
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    I browned the chicken chunks and the sausage chunks before throwing them in the pot. I used Old Bay, too. I added the shrimp (I used frozen) and added steamers along with the pre cooked rice 20 minutes before I served it. Just long enough to turn the shrimp pink and open the steamers! It was awesome!

  • Twibell Posted: 08/13/12
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    After more than an hour in the cooker the rice is still crunchy and the rest of the ingredients are mush. I don't think I will make this one again.

  • crisgo88 Posted: 09/29/12
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    This recipe was great. I only made minor changes due to what I had on hand. To start with, I halved the recipe. I took skin off 4 chicken thighs instead of boneless, skinless thighs. I also used Del Monte Diced tomatoes Garlic and Onion flavor. My rice turned out fine and my husband said to definitely keep this recipe.

  • flyboy1600 Posted: 11/05/13
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    I also made the mistake of not reading reviews before making this recipe. I had crunchy rice just like everyone else and the flavor wasn't great. I have to believe that the folks that submitted this concoction never actually tried it them selves. Not a good recipe at all.

  • mrssimmons06 Posted: 09/22/12
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    It came out really good! COOK THE RICE BEFORE! I used spicy italian turkey sausage and frozen shrimp and it was amazing! I added rice at the end since i already cooked it, mixed it up and served it and everyone LOVED IT!

  • kate2004rock Posted: 11/27/12
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    I made this tonight for my fiance and I. I loved the flavors and the spiciness! Definitely will be added to our "regular" rotation. I don't think I'd make it for a dinner party - but definitely a weeknight winner, hence the 3 stars. I also thought even one cup of broth was too much, because I wished it was a little thicker/stewier. I did make the following adjustments: (1) halved the recipe - 8 servings is a lot for two people, and we have plenty of leftovers with half. (2) used boneless,skinless breast nuggets instead of thighs (just so I could buy a smaller package). (3) Didnt have oregano (apparently I was out). Sprinkled in a little Italian seasoning instead for the heck of it. (4) Pre-cooked the rice on the stove before tossing in, thanks to the other reviewers).

  • MonsterKisses Posted: 03/08/12
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    Why didn't I read the reviews!? I am sitting here at dinner time, with a hungry family, and 20 bucks worth of meat covered in dried sticky rice.

  • Ed8198 Posted: 01/30/13
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    I followed the recipe except with a few healthier tweaks. I used low sodium chicken broth, low fat smoked turkey sausage and brown rice (also a little extra cajun seasoning and a touch of habanero hot sauce). Other than that I followed it to the letter and it was awesome! I used instant brown rice which cooked just fine in the slow cooker on high in 30 mins.

  • Karlaco45 Posted: 09/06/12
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    I made this earlier in the week and even though I followed the recipe consistently throughout, what I ended up with was a soupy mess. It also isn't spicy enough, and actually very bland. Unfortunately, I had to throw most of the dish away.

  • mcpage33 Posted: 01/02/13
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    Definitely READ the reviews first!!! Great flavors, but rice will not cook in 30 minutes. Pre-cook the rice and cut some liquid and this should be yummy.

  • teresau125 Posted: 01/19/13
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    I loved this recipe. I was going to use minute rice per the reviews, but decided to leave it as a soup/stew, which might be unconventional, but I loved it as it was. I also used a bit more cajun seasoning and a little extra thyme. By accident I left out the celery, and chose not to include the shrimp. I loved this, and will make it again in the future!

  • bikercooker Posted: 02/07/13
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    Made this for a Superbowl party last Sunday and everyone loved it. I have had a number of requests for the recipe. I did make some changes. I used about 6 lrge cloves of garlic, Fire roasted tomatoes, andouillie sausage, boneless chicken breasts and Zazitrane Dirty Rice. Added the rice at end after I cooked per directions and after the shrimp cooked in the jamabalya. It was a great hit.

  • george32480 Posted: 11/04/12
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    this recipe came out great with a few modifications. I cooked the rice separately. I cooked everything else together in the crockpot on high 2.5 hours, added 1 heavy tablespoon of cajun. cut the rice to 1.5 cups, make sure you wash the rice and then soak the rice 20 minutes. combine 1.5 cups of clean drained rice with almost 3 cups of the liquid in the crockpot to a 3 quart pot on the stove. Cook rice and liquid until boil, stir, cover, and lower temp to low. Cook 15 min then let rest 5 min. Do not remove the lid at all until the rest time is complete. Immediately after removing the liquid from the crockpot turn down to low. Complete rice process, stir with fork and add to crockpot. stir, and let cook 10 mintues on low. remove the cover and let cool.

  • NiferFU Posted: 10/15/12
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    I followed this recipe exactly and had to send my husband out for pizza. The long grain rice NEVER cooked all the way through, just sucked up all the liquid!! Now I have a big sticky, crunchy, overcooked, wasted shrimp , chicken, sausage pot of crap. GAH!

  • GuagDoyle Posted: 10/24/12
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    My husband and I both LOVED this recipe! I used old bay to season the shrimp. Also I let the rice and shrimp cook for 1 hour rather than 30 minutes. Definitely a keeper!

  • RIkkiLeeCali Posted: 08/31/13
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    Great base for an outstanding recipe. I added 1/2 tbsp of old bay and a tbsp of cayenne pepper and used fire roasted tomatoes. My husband even said this is the best jambalaya he's ever had! Yay! I also cooked the rice separate using the extra juices. Will definitely make this again!

  • Lowey007 Posted: 02/13/14
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    Used this recipe twice now as its easy and Goooood. not that spicy but we have kids and spicy enough for them. Just add more Cajun spice if required. Chorizo just melts in your mouth and chicken has all infused flavors. I cook the rice in the pot at the end along with all other ingredients as rice then infuses with all liquids. This takes 40 mins and the prawns only take 15. Take care not to stir to hard otherwise things can get mushy.. (still good but nice to see component parts) Very Good thanks a lot

  • PedsRN04 Posted: 04/06/14
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    I cook this in a regular Dutch oven, simmering for a few hours. The only change is that I add a little olive oil at the beginning to sautee the vegetables. The broth and tomato juices make plenty of liquid to fully cook the rice. The spices are delicious. I'm making this for the 3rd time and would definitely serve to guests!

  • sbcaplan Posted: 11/30/13
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    The very first time i tried this recipe, I knew 30 minutes wouldn't be sufficient to cook the rice, so I didn't run into that disappointment. I've made it three times now, and what I do is put the rice on to cook at the very beginning of the 5 hours. It all cooks together. I just have to be vigilant not to take the lid of the cooker and poke at it. Just throw it all together and leave it alone. I don't use sausage or shrimp, just the chicken and veg. I think it's pretty tasty, personally.

  • deb1127 Posted: 01/27/14
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    served to guest.everyone loved it.would definitely make this again.had great flavor

  • ACC032989 Posted: 01/27/14
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    Everything tasted fantastic! The chicken thighs were delicious and the shrimp were perfectly cooked (I used raw shrimp, btw). I did have crunchy rice, so next time, I'll either add the rice with everything else, or I'll buy a box of Zatarain's jambalaya rice mix and cook it on the side.

  • cborand Posted: 09/05/13
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    My family and friends loved this recipe!! After reading the other reviews, I precooked my rice. The only other things I will change next time are...cut amount of chicken broth, this was too soupy since the rice did not soak it up. Secondly, I will zap the celery in the microwave for a few seconds, because it was still really crunchy after the cooking time. We will definitely be doing this again!!!!!!

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