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Slow Cooker Jambalaya

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  • prep time: 25 min
  • total time: 7 hr 35 min
  • serves: 8 people

Our test kitchen took note of your reviews and we tested and revised this recipe to make it better than ever! We improved the method and increased the amount of rice so it soaks up all the delicious Swanson broth goodness.  Make sure to use converted rice and add it during the last 30 minutes of cooking to achieve the perfect texture.  These changes really made a difference in this New Orleans style classic, and the slow cooking allows the ingredients meld into a wonderful and delicious Jambalaya that is super easy to put together.  


cost per recipe: $18.50

  • 3 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning or Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thigh, cut into cubes
  • 14 ounces kielbasa, diced (about 3 cups)
  • 1 large green pepper, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (about 14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups uncooked parboiled long-grain white rice (sometimes called converted rice, parboiled rice works best in this slow cooker recipe)
  • 1/2 pound uncooked shrimp (20 to 25 count per pound), peeled, deveined and tails removed


  • Tips

    • Time-Saving: This recipe may also be cooked on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Step 1

    Stir the broth, Creole seasoning, black pepper, chicken, kielbasa, green pepper, onion, celery, garlic and tomatoes in a 6-quart slow cooker.

  • Step 2

    Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours.  During the last 30 minutes of cooking time, turn the cooker to HIGH and stir in the converted rice. Cover.  During the last 10 minutes of cooking time, stir in the shrimp. Cover and cook until the chicken and shrimp are cooked through.


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  • Made this recipe many times

    September 3, 2015

    I have made this recipe many times. I have never put the rice in at the beginning because it will turn to mush. I also substitute chourico for the kielbasa and it gives it a little bit of a kick. I think the kielbasa tastes like a hotdog! I also dont always put the shrimp in. Some family members don't like it so i change it up a little each time. I will be making it again.

  • Big Hit

    Kathy C.
    October 17, 2013

    I had family over to try this and they are still talking about how good it was! The only thing I would do different is I think I would substitute Minute Rice and add it maybe the last hour to half hour before I was ready to eat! Cooking the rice all day made it turn into mush, but was still very delicious! We served ours with cornbread on the side and was truly a big hit!

  • Excellent Recipe with one major adjustment

    December 7, 2012

    I made this over the weekend and it was excellent. Wonderful flavor. I did not add the rice in the beginning though. 7-8 hours for rice (which only takes 15 minutes to cook) is definately a mistake. I added the rice 10 minutes before the shrimp and it came out perfect. Will definately make this again, although may go with the smaller salad shrimp instead of the medium shrimp.

  • Slow Cooker Jambalaya

    Rebecca M.
    September 4, 2012

    YES rice was mushy however wonderful flavor!!!!!! Very pleased all in all!!!

  • Slow Cooker Jambalaya

    Mariann N.
    March 5, 2012

    Tasty and a bit spicy, but overall great meal. I substituted a few of the ingredients with less fat and lower sodium ingredients. Tastes like a complex recipe, but it's not!

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    Calories 433
    Total Fat 17 g
    Sat. Fat 5.4 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 106 mg
    Sodium 1094 mg
    Total Carb 44 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Sugar 4 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 22 g
    Vitamin D 2 %DV
    Calcium 8 %DV
    Iron 15 %DV
    Potassium 12 %DV
    Calories 437
    Total Fat 17 g
    Sat. Fat 5.4 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 106 mg
    Sodium 963 mg
    Total Carb 44 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Sugar 0 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 23 g
    Vitamin D 2 %DV
    Calcium 10 %DV
    Iron 15 %DV
    Potassium 12 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.