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Slow Cooker Jambalaya served in a wooden bowl with silver spoons on the side

Flavorful Slow Cooker Jambalaya

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This flavorful recipe is super easy to make, and full of bold Cajun flavors that everyone will love!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, cajun
Keyword authentic jambalaya, healthy jambalaya recipe, jambalaya
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 309
Author Kim


  • 1 (14 oz.) package smoked sausage
  • 1/2 lb. (about 2.5 cups) shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth (start with 2 cups and add up to 2 1/2 cups more as rice cooks, to prevent it from becoming hard - see instructions below)
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice*
  • 1 lb. uncooked shrimp, peeled and de-veined


  • Spray crockpot with cooking spray. Slice sausage into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • Add the sausage along with all other ingredients, (except for shrimp), to slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high. Check to see if rice is cooked and tender. Add more chicken broth or water, as needed, if rice mixture is getting too dry. You may need to add 2 to 2 1/2 cups more of broth, to prevent rice from becoming hard.
  • In the last 20 minutes of cooking and once rice is tender or seems close to being cooked completely, remove tails from shrimp and place into crockpot. Cover and cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until shrimp turns pink and is cooked through. Stir everything together, sprinkle with chopped parsley if desired, and enjoy!


Please note: the video shows adding the rice after cooking for 3-4 hours. Based on reader feedback, I've revised this recipe. The brown rice will need longer to cook and should be added with all other ingredients to the slow cooker.
Tips for cooking brown rice in the slow cooker: 

3 Steps for Perfect Slow Cooker Brown Rice

  • Use a large, wide slow cooker. 
  • Boil the water/broth to jumpstart cooking. 
  • Cover the rice with parchment as it cooks
*Feel free to use white rice, which will yield a shorter cook time. Probably closer to 2 hours on high, in the slow cooker. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 987mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 61.1mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3.6mg