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Gulf Coast Jambalaya Rice

As the stew of the South, jambalaya is a definite staple. For ages, home cooks have been making their own tweaks on the traditional recipe. This rendition is my favorite. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice


  • Place the first 10 ingredients in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours, until chicken is tender.
  • Stir in shrimp and rice. Cook, covered, 15-20 minutes longer, until shrimp turn pink and rice is tender.
Editor's Note
The following spices may be substituted for 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning: 1/4 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and paprika; and a pinch each of dried thyme, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 395 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 861mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.

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  • Karen
    Sep 4, 2020

    Love jambyla and was excited to try this....but rice??? Not listed in ingredients......... long grain, minute rice, how much???

  • 1Heart4Jesus
    Jul 15, 2019

    I feel bad not giving a better rating. While the taste was pretty good, it looked really bland. I think I will minimize the cajun seasoning to 1 tsp. I'm a whimp when it comes to spice, and even though my husband likes more spice than me, even he thought it was too spicy. It seemed as though it was missing something. Looked at other Jambalaya recipes and found a few of the missing links - tomatoes, okra, and thyme. I loved the ease of making this, but I think next time I will brown the pieces of chicken breast.

  • mamamarie
    Apr 21, 2017

    Good recipe. I used the substitute spices, did not have the creole spices. Used turkey kielbasi. Did rice separately and put shrimp in at the end. Good flavor. Thanks for the recipe.

  • cafeheaven2
    Nov 27, 2016

    In my opinion, this is THE go-to for easy slow cooker Jambalaya. It's got all the important and authentic components (the 'Holy Trinity', Cajun/creole seasoning, etc.). Whether you choose to add the instant rice with the shrimp towards the end of the recipe, or serve 'over' your own cooked rice, this one's a true winner!!! Thank you Judy!

  • Roseh5
    Jun 11, 2014

    My husband and I loved this recipe. Easy to throw everything in the crockpot and just let it cook. The only thing I did differently is cooked the rice separately, then put rice in a bowl and the jambalaya over the rice. Delicious.

  • voodoowitch
    Jan 20, 2014

    My husband and I both really liked this recipe. Next time I might add a spicier sausage because we like more heat but it was very good as is. I agree that the rice did get a little soggy so I would add it later than the shrimp.

  • cathy1106
    Jan 8, 2014

    Delicious recipe, quick and easy to prepare. My son said at least 4 times, "this is so good!" and he doesn't usually like when I try new recipes. Because I am on Weight Watchers, I did use aturkey polish sausage to reduce the fat content and used Minute Brown Rice instead of the white. The rice did seem a little soggy so I may use precooked traditional rice when I make it again and add it just before serving but it definitely has become a family favorite!

  • logallmas3
    Jan 7, 2014

    Mere words cannot express how good this is! Ms. Judy Batson of Tampa, Florida, I am in love with this recipe. I made it this evening, and both hubby and I went back for seconds. Thank you for sharing it!