Photo: Jen Causey; Food Styling: Tori Cox and Gordon Sawyer; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis
Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
5 Hours
8 Servings

Have dinner ready when you come home with this ultimate, slow-cooker Jambalaya. Featuring chicken, shrimp and smoked sausage, this classic Creole rice dish is perfect for the slow-cooker as all the flavors blend together over time in a marvelous way. As a simple one-pot meal, bring Jambalaya to your next potluck as a crowd-pleasing dish that doesn't skimp on flavor or presentation. Don’t be afraid of making too much because leftover Jambalaya still tastes great warmed up the next day with a splash of your favorite hot sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine chicken, sausage, onion, green pepper, celery, tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth, spice mix, thyme and oregano in a large (5-quart) slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 hours.

Step 2

Add shrimp and rice; raise heat to high and cook for 30 minutes more. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Did not go as expected. However, I'm in the midst of fixing it

August 12, 2015
This is real time folks! So I started my crockpot jamba by choosing chicken andoulli sausage and not using chicken in my recipe at all. I should have listened to my instinct because something told me that the rice wouldn't cook in 30 minutes. I was right. After only cooking down everything else for 2 hours I went and added the rice and shrimp. 30 minutes later I had pretty much raw rice. So I've gone into fix it mode. I poured everything into a pot. Started to boil and then reduce the temp. All the liquid was absorbed and rice was still crunchy, so I added some water with a bit of a chicken bouillon cube. I added some more cajun spice too because I started reading other recipes and they said 2 TBL of Cajun spice. I like spicy-er so I added that and some cayenne. Been stirring and cooking. Now, as of last taste, the flavor is there. But I've got 3/4 really mushy rice and 1/4 slightly crunchy. So this recipe won't ever work as written, although I would consider adding the rice at the beginning. The thing is, even though everyone's recommendations have been to cook the rice separate I was really looking for a one pot, crock recipe. So this didn't meet my expectations. 

Good Recipe After a Few Adjustments

March 15, 2016
 I'm so glad I read the reviews before trying this recipe. I was concerned that the instructions were not detailed enough. It did not indicate if the rice should be cooked or if the recipe required minute rice of regular rice. I prepared the recipe as indicated with a few adjustments. I added Cajun seasoning to the chicken along with the required seasoning. I cooked it on high because I was home for the day. When the chicken was done I added the shrimp and removed the liquid and used it to cook the rice on the stove top. I had so much liquid I didn't need any water. After the rice was done I mixed it into the jambalaya mix and served with garlic bread. Next time I will add some extra cayenne pepper. 

Cook times were way off

April 19, 2016
The directions say 5 hours on low, add rice and shrimp then 30 mins. The chicken was raw after 5 hours on low. I cooked for 8 hours on low then 1 1/2 hours on high after adding shrimp and rice. The rice was still undercooked. It would be ok if you made the rice separately and  adjusted the cook times as noted.

Delicious, with adjustments

June 27, 2016
Made this in 3 hours with slow cooker on high. Used MUCH more cajun seasoning, maybe 4 x. Used 1 lb chicken breast, 1 lb, turkey andouille sausage and 2 lbs shrimp. After 2 hours, added 3 and 1/2 cups INSTANT brown rice, then shrimp for the last 30 minutes.  Cooked perfectly.

Made this 3 days ago

September 19, 2016
I wanted a really good jambalaya recipe and after finding this decided to give it a shot (this was my first try ever at making this dish). After reading several reviews here and knowing my own taste buds and quantity I was going for, I knew the recipe as listed would not cut it, so I tweaked it just a little. I used every ingredient in the recipe except for parsley, did 3 whole chicken breasts cubed up, 2lbs of shrimp, and 1lb of andouille sausage, and ended up adding in about 3 cups of chicken broth. Also did the boil in bag rice (cut open bags and tossed in rice, 4 bags total) with about 30-45 minutes left. Also added alot more cajun spice than the recipe called for (used Tony Chacheres) and it came out great! Next time I'll use 3 bags and go with 3lbs shrimp and additional sausage. Total cook time was about 5 1/2 hrs on high in a large crockpot. Thanks for the recipe!

Receive is flawed

January 07, 2018
This recipe is seriously flawed. After following the direction to add the shrimp and rice at the end and cook on high for 30 minutes I came out with crunchy rice. The author must have used magic rice in her recipe. My suggestion would be to add cooked rice at the end and cook for 30 mins on high. I would seriously suggest one read the reviews on all of her recipes before following the instructions especially if this is any indication . I wish I’d read the reviews before starting

Try It In Your Instant Pot!!

April 12, 2018
I halved the recipe and made it in my instant pot. I did the front end of the recipe on the chicken setting using cubed raw chicken breast instead of thighs. I then did a quick release and added the rice and frozen scallops instead of shrimp. I cooked it on the rice setting. I did a quick release and then thickened it with a corn starch slurry. I used 1.5 tbs of creole seasoning. It was so wonderful!!!!

Delicious! Just make the rice ahead of time!

April 23, 2018
Made this yesterday for my husband and I and it was so good. We loved the flavor!  We had tried our hand at making jambalaya once before and ended up with crunchy rice. UGH.  So, this time around we decided to cook the rice ahead of time and put it in with the shrimp for the last 30 and it turned out perfect!  This is definitely a keeper and we will make it again soon!

Not a crock pot recipe...

January 28, 2019
I've made this recipe twice now. The first time I did it I followed the instructions perfectly and there was just extra liquid and the rice was kind mushy. Made it just recently for a second time and followed the suggestions from people's reviews saying to add the rice in the beginning with everything else and it was TERRIBLE. The rice is straight up mush, doesn't even resemble rice any more. Honestly, I think this recipe is great, but shouldn't be a crock pot recipe. 

mcpage33's Review

January 02, 2013
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.