If you want to start making some awesome Cajun cuisine, then you should try out these directions of how to make slow cooker jambalaya. Jambalaya is a staple of Louisiana cuisine, and there's no easier way to make it than in a slow cooker. Especially if you're prepping for a larger dinner party, this slow cooker jambalaya recipe is great because it involves a little bit of prep, then allows you to go about your other cooking while the food simmers in the cooker. Be sure to make this the morning of your dinner party for the best results.
To make slow cooker jambalaya, you will need:
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 pound andouille sausage
- 1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes, with juice
- 1 large onion
- 1 large green bell pepper
- 1-2 celery stalks
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 tsp. dried parsley
- 2 tsp. dried Cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp. dried cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 pound frozen shrimp, without tails
- 2-3 cups of rice, brown or white.
- Prep your ingredients. Chop up all of your vegetables and put them in a large bowl. Chop up the chicken breasts into small cubes, about 1 inch in size. Chop up the sausage into small, bite-sized pieces. Thaw the shrimp, but set aside in the refrigerator. Combine your spices into a small bowl and toss together.
- Put ingredients into the slow cooker. First put the chicken, sausage, and vegetables into the cooker, mixing them together very will. Season liberally with the spices.
- Set the cooker to low or high, depending on your time constraints. If you have a lot of time, set the cooker to low and let the mixture sit for 7-8 hours. If you're in a crunch, set it to high and let it stew for 3-4 hours.
- Start making your rice during the last 30 minutes of cook time. This can be done on a stove top or rice cooker, depending on what equipment you have in your kitchen. Also, stir the shrimp into the mixture during this time. When everything is done, serve the jambalaya on top of the rice.
This recipe for slow cooker jambalaya is great for any occasion, especially potluck dinners. With a relatively-low learning curve, anyone with a decent kitchen knife and a slow cooker can make this, making it the perfect recipe for college students and those with their first apartment. The recipe yields quite a lot of slow cooker jambalaya, meaning that there will be plenty of left overs. If you're looking for something that will feed the entire family for a few days, be sure to try out this recipe for slow cooker jambalaya.