Slow Cooker Jambalaya

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Slow Cooker Jambalaya is loaded with andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp that gets cooked low and slow to activate the bold spices. This hearty dinner is an effortless meal that is ready with only 10 minutes of prep!

Also try Easy Jamalaya for a one pot meal that is perfect for busy nights.  The flavor packed meal will liven up a normal weeknight or be the hit of any gathering.

Slow Cooker Jambalaya cooking in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Slow Cooker Jambalaya is delicious and filling and comes together with hardly any effort at all.  Our family favorite slow cooker recipes are normally Honey Garlic Chicken or Beef Tips, but this jambalaya is so good we’ve been adding it into the regular rotation with our favorites.

Jambalaya doesn’t have to take a lot of work. You can just prep and toss all the ingredients together and let the slow cooker do the work.  Or, for an instant flavor boost, brown the sausage with the onions and peppers before adding the ingredients to the slow cooker.  Either way the flavors of this dinner will be a huge hit everyone will love!

Ingredients in Slow Cooker Jambalaya:

This short list of classic cajun ingredients come together flawlessly and are perfectly balanced.  Tons of spices blend together to create a warm, spicy meal that is hearty and incredibly delicious!

  • Chicken breasts skinless: Boneless chicken cut into chunks will fit perfectly on your spoon.
  • Andouille sausage links: Sliced to bite size.
  • Shrimp: Peeled and de-veined.
  • Diced tomatoes: Adds to the color and both sweet and salty flavor.
  • Onion, red bell pepper, celery: The three essential flavors that can be found in almost any cajun dish.
  • Chicken broth: Liquid to cook the meat.
  • Dried thyme: Pairs well with the tomato and adds a bit of a minty taste.
  • Dried oregano: Adds bitter and earthy spice to balance flavors.
  • Cajun seasoning: Rustic and bold seasoning blend adds a punch of spice.
  • Cayenne pepper: Even more earthy and spicy flavors.

Let’s Cook Jambalaya!

This Jambalaya will be a new family favorite dinner, and it is almost quick and easy to prepare.  Simply combine all the ingredients and let your slow cooker work its magic.  The hardest part is waiting for it to be ready, because the smell of this cooking is amazing!!

  1. Combine ingredients: First, add all the ingredients except the shrimp into the slow cooker. Then, simply stir to combine.
  2. Cook: Next, set the cooker to low for 7-8 hours (high for 3-4 hours), and in the last 15 minutes add in the shrimp.
  3. Enjoy: Serve over rice and enjoy!

Jambalaya Ingredients loaded into a slow cooker.

Best Slow Cooker Jambalaya:

The intense flavors of this easy to make Jambalaya are so delicious you will begin to crave them.  And the one pot prep makes this a perfect weeknight meal the entire family will enjoy.

  • What to serve with Slow Cooker Jambalaya?  The classic side dish to Jambalaya is steamed rice, but you can also serve it over some black eyed peas for an amazing and easy meal.  To top it all off, serve some Homemade Cornbread or baguettes.
  • What meats are normally in Jambalaya?  Most jambalaya recipes contain chicken, andouille sausage and shrimp.  However, this dish is versatile and changing up the meat will not interfere with the delicious results.  So, try using beef, like a chuck roast, too.
  • Does Jambalaya store well? Jambalaya will remain good in the refrigerator for about 3 days.  For best results, do not freeze.  To store, allow it to cool completely, then place it in an airtight container within two hours of cooking.

What is the difference between Jambalaya and Gumbo?

Gumbo normally contains a roux which is cooked to a deeply flavored brown stage and contains more liquids like a stew with vegetables like okra as well as the trinity of bell peppers, celery and onions. Jambalaya is a traditional rice dish made in one pot with more meat than vegetables.

Cajun Jambalaya being scooped up in a ladle.

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Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

4.53 from 59 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 8 People


Slow Cooker Jambalaya with andouille sausage, chicken and shrimp cooked low and slow with bold spices and vegetables with just 10 minutes of prep.

Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Jambalaya, Jambalaya Recipe


  • 2 chicken breasts skinless, boneless, cut into chunks
  • 1 pound andouille sausage links sliced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 28 ounces
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound shrimp 13-15 count


  1. Add all the ingredients except the shrimp into the slow cooker and stir.

  2. Cook on low for 7-8 hours (high for 3-4 hours), in the last 15 minutes add in the shrimp.
  3. Serve over rice.

Recipe Notes

Updated on July 23, 2020

Originally Posted on April 10, 2018

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 8

Calories141kcal (7%)Carbohydrates4g (1%)Protein25g (50%)Fat3g (5%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol179mg (60%)Sodium797mg (33%)Potassium449mg (13%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar2g (2%)Vitamin A1025IU (21%)Vitamin C30.9mg (37%)Calcium106mg (11%)Iron2.4mg (13%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I added rice to the crockpot. Traditionally jambalaya isn’t soupy. So by adding rice, it makes it just perfect. Great taste

      1. I did rice as well in a rice cooker. 2 cups rice and 3 cups of water. Rice in a bowl then poured jambalaya on too. Delish recipe!!

    1. That’s true it isn’t soupy how much rice did you add and did you cook it before then added it in or did you cook it with the Jambalaya. and what kind did you add long grain?

  2. 4 stars
    I made this for the first time today. I thought it was good and flavorful but I agree with many others that it’s too soupy. I simply added rice to the crock pot near the end of the cooking to absorb the liquid and I didn’t have to make rice separately in another pan. Also, since the price of shrimp was so high, I substituted ham and it’s still very tasty.

      1. I found some biscuit ham. It’s thick sliced and was easy to dice. I used 3 cups of minute rice. It was just a guess but worked out nicely. It only took about the last 10-15 minutes for the rice.

    1. I have not tried it with rice in the slow cooker. I will cook the rice separately in a rice maker or over the stove. Then add the rice to a bowl with the jambalaya overtop or on the side of it.

  3. What you have here is more like a gumbo than jambalaya. Jambalaya will not have tomatoes in it, gumbo either but the consistency of this is definitely more of a gumbo. Both of the Cajun versions of these dishes are roux based. It’s the Creole versions that have tomatoes.

    1. As a Cajun- tomatoes go in shrimp gumbo and not chicken gumbo. Gumbo has roux and jambalaya doesn’t nor does shrimp creole but it has tomatoes. Shrimp
      Scampi doesn’t have tomatoes either.

  4. 4 stars
    I made this today. I did make my rice separate and I didn’t add shrimp I’m not a fan of sea food!! My husband and I loved it.

  5. The Rise must be cooked with the mix for flavor if not you have gumbo.
    I am from south Louisiana and know the proper way for jambalaya.
    Other wise great recipe 😊

  6. 5 stars
    I made this with a little chorizo as I could not find any of endouillie sausage and paprika rather than cayenne pepper and fresh thyme rather than dried ditto, I added fresh after the prawns, stuck brown rice in the bottom of the bowl to serve. It was lovely and well received by my foodie guest. Will definitely be making again. Many thanks for the idea.

    I have never tried either jambalaya or gumbo before but want to again, mine had more sauce but delicious.

  7. Made this tonight served over jasmine brown rice. I followed the recipe exactly to see how hot it would be. Delicious’ will definitely make again. I slow cooked it for 7.5 hrs. Thanks for this fun meal!

  8. 4 stars
    So delicious! My one complaint is that saying prep time is only 10 minutes when you have to do all that chopping/slicing is incredibly misleading.

    1. If you want a shortcut to the veggies, you can buy frozen “Seasoning Blend,” which is chopped onion, celery, and bell peppers. I keep it on hand for quick recipe additions.

  9. My husband has issues with onions, celery and peppers in his food, if he can see them? Can I puree them and add to crockpot for the same output?

  10. 5 stars
    This was really good, easy and flavorful. For the Cajun seasoning I used a spice blend that I got at one of my favorite places to eat in NOLA (The Gumbo Shop) and did not put cayenne pepper in it because the mix already had it in there.

    This made enough for 3 meals for us (2 people) when we put it over rice.

    Wondering if it freezes well or not?

  11. For the people that put rice into the crockpot — what kind did you use? I thought if I made rice separately that I might use Zatarans yellow rice…. Thank you

  12. 4 stars
    I used one can of low sodium chicken broth so it wouldn’t be too soupy. My husband enjoyed it!

  13. 4 stars
    Good recipe but too soupy. After it cooked for about 4hrs, I took 2 cups of the broth from my crockpot, heated it up a bit in the microwave and added 2 1/2 spoons of flour. Mix well add back to the crockpot. This will thicken the sauce.

  14. 4 stars
    I made it per the recipe. I think it should be called “Gumbolaya,” as there is a lot of liquid. Tasted good, with a nice kick. I think next time I make it I’ll add more vegetables. Thanks!

  15. I loved that there was a lot of liquid in this recipe. Mostly because I took the liquid out at the end and made my rice with it as opposed to just using water. It made the dish perfect! I’ve made this recipe so many times I’ve lost count and EVERYONE gets a second helping when I do make it. (I do add just a little more Cajun seasoning as my family LOVES heat)

    1. I made my rice with the liquid from the crockpot as well an it was delicious! Whether you call it gumbo or jambalaya, I don’t care. It’s a very good dish!

  16. I followed this recipe exactly. The end result was too soupy. I made rice on the side to compensate for the liquid. Next time I will use a smaller can of the diced tomatoes and only 1 cup of chicken broth.
    My husband enjoyed it . I would give it a 3 out of 5. I will work on thickening it tomorrow.

  17. I know you already said that we can add raw shrimp, but what if what I have at hand are precooked shrimp? I don’t know if they’ll be rubbery or what. Thanks!

  18. Hi Sabrina: I made your Crock-Pot Jambalaya and I must say it was wonderful. I made a double portion and my large crockpot was filled to the top. It turned out wonderfully! Thanks for sharing! Sam

  19. This looks good, but it’s not Jambalaya. I’ve lived in South Louisiana for 60 years, so trust me, Jambalaya resembles rice dressing (no, it’s not rice dressing, but it’s similar).

    I’d still cook this, since it looks good. Just call it something else. It resembles gumbo more than it does Jambalaya.

  20. I want to add crawfish tails to this. Should I add them at the same time that I add the shrimp? Or earlier?

  21. I made it and it’s DEFINATELY soupy. It’s not real Jambalaya as in Louisiana, but it’s still good. I call it “Jambo”…. I serve it OVER jasmine rice! I’ve made it my own recipe.👍🏻

  22. I am making this as I type! Haven’t gotten as far as adding rice or the shrimp but the cayenne pepper is like a firecracker in your mouth! Burst of flavor and Soo good! Making corn bread muffins to go with. Can’t wait until the end and it’s all put together!

  23. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for the first time and it was so tasty. I didn’t have Cajun spice so I used Old Bay. I did notice other comments about it being soupy? It was soupy however I liked it and while I didn’t add rice I put it over rice and the extra liquid was needed specifically because I served this with a loaf of crusty bread. My recommendation. If you want it less soupy I would reduce the diced tomatoes a bit and not the chicken broth however the recipe is so tasty you may want to make it as is….I will

  24. I’m from Louisiana. Jamabayla has rice mixed into already. Not separate. Pouring this over rice is considered gumbo. Either way, this looks delicious 😋!

    1. I too have always seen it with rice already mixed in. That’s what I’m going to do. I wanted to make this yesterday for Fat Tuesday, but got a late start, so I guess it’ll be Fat Wednesday instead! 😂 Just learning to cook, so crossing my fingers it turns out!

  25. 5 stars
    Great recipe and flavors! I added 2 cups of uncooked Arborio rice with 30 mins left when cooked on high. Came out just like jambalaya!

  26. 3 stars
    This is very good but spicy! I had to eat it with out the sauce. Consider adjusting the spices to your liking.

  27. 5 stars
    Just had this with my fiancé. It was delicious ! Perfect amount of spice . Like mentioned above it is very saucy so we used the sauce to make the rice on the stovetop .

  28. 5 stars
    Made this tonight did a tad bit of my own lil tweaking to the recipe and served over rice as the recipe says was a HUGE hit will make this again .

  29. Made this tonight but tweaked this recipe a whole lot so it had a more flavorful taste. Browned sausage, onions and peppers. minced garlic,bay leaf,a squeeze of lemon juice and tomato paste. Cut the stock to 1 cup. Added fresh parsley and scallions as garnish when done. Still served over rice my family like spicy so cayenne was bumped up too with the Creole season too.

  30. Great recipe! It’s freezing cold here right now so serving it over rice instead of putting the rice in will be perfect for this cold weather!

  31. Love this! Perfect mix of spice!
    I added tomato paste to thicken the broth and a small amount of diced jalapeño and garlic. We skipped the rice and opted for crust bread to dip in the broth! Yummy 😋

  32. Have the crockpot going now. I had to reduce the recipe for a 4qt pot. I too have always seen the rice added in. I’m going to try adding 1 cup 30 minutes before the end. Wish me luck!!!

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