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Slow Cooker Chicken Jambalaya is such an easy and delicious meal idea. Packed with just enough heat to jazz it up but perfect for the entire family.

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Crockpot Jambalaya Recipe

Crock Jambalaya Recipe is one of our favorite one pot meals. The combination of the chicken sausage with the Cajun Seasoning makes this a family favorite.

This Jambalaya Recipe is a little spicy but not too spicy that the kids didn’t love it. My kids loved the flavor of the jambalaya. I snuck in some peppers and onions and they still ate it without any problems.

You can serve it over rice or serve rice in it. However you decide to serve it, it is a delicious dinner idea everyone will love.

Close up image of chicken jambalaya in the crock pot with a wooden spoon.

What’s the difference between Gumbo and Jambalaya?

The main difference between gumbo and jambalaya is the texture and how the rice is served. Gumbo is more of a soup and has a thicker sauce to it. Gumbo is usually served over rice.

When you make jambalaya is cooked all together including the rice. Making this recipe in the slow cooker, we like to cook the rice separately. Then we mix the rice and the other ingredients together.

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Let’s make Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya:

Once we tried this delicious jambalaya recipe, we immediately added it to our regular menu plan rotation. Everyone loved it so much and it is super easy to fix.

I love having simple and delicious recipes like this one to make during busy weeks. Everyone gets to enjoy a nice meal and dinner time is much less hectic.

Ingredients needed - chicken, andouille sausage, cajun seasoning, onion, celery, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, minced garlic, crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, chicken broth, rice

Ingredients for Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya Recipe:

  • Chicken Breast
  • Andouille Sausage
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Minced Garlic
  • Crushed Tomatoes – You can also use diced tomatoes
  • Dried Oregano
  • Chicken Broth
  • Rice, Cooked

How do you make Chicken Jambalaya:

  • Gather your Ingredients – Combine everything except for the rice into a crock pot. You can also toss in a bay leaves.
Uncooked chicken jambalaya in the crock pot.
  • Cover and Cook on low for 6-8 hours or cooked on high for 3-4 hours on high. Cooking time will vary.
  • Serve and Enjoy – Stir to combine the cooked rice, then serve and enjoy!

Family Favorite Crockpot Jambalaya:

My family loves the combination of chicken and sausage.  You can also try smoked sausage in the recipe.

It is a such a good jambalaya recipe and even the kids will enjoy it. Slow cooker jambalaya make it so easy to enjoy this frequently.

It is super easy. You can add  cayenne pepper for more heat if you prefer.

The peppers, celery and other ingredients make this recipe have the best flavor.  Once you have added the rice, it only gets better!

Tips for Crockpot Chicken Jambalaya:

  • Sausage – When making any type of jambalaya sausage is always part of the ingredients. We like to get good quality sausage to really enhance the flavors.
  • Seasoning – Make sure you add plenty of seasoning especially if you are serving it with rice.
  • Garnish your jambalaya – Add some green onions or chopped parsley for some added flavoring.
  • Rice – You can use instant rice or long grain rice to mix into the jambalaya.
Close up image of chicken jambalaya in a white bowl.

Easy Slow Cooker Jambalaya:

I have even just made jambalaya with only chicken or only sausage. You can’t go wrong with this recipe.

It is so easy to use what you have or what is on sale that week at the grocery store. This no fuss recipe keeps dinner time simple and your budget on track.

Give this frugal friendly recipe a try and everyone will enjoy this tasty dinner. I am always thrilled when I can find a recipe that saves me money, feeds a crowd and everyone loves.

We have even served Slow Cooker Chicken Jambalaya Recipe to guests and it was a hit all around.  Making this jambalaya in the crock pot makes this is the easiest recipe.

Variation ideas:

  • Make in the Instant Pot – Instant Pot Chicken Jambalaya is just as easy to make. It is perfect when you are short on time or forget to prepare in the morning. Your jambalaya will be ready in about 20 minutes to 30 minutes.
  • Add Shrimp – If you love shrimp as much as my family, we like to add shrimp. Adding shrimp instead of chicken is a great substitution.
  • Use Creole Seasoning – You can substitute cajun seasoning for creole seasoning for a different flavoring.
  • Sausage – You can substitute andouille sausage for smoked sausage.
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What to serve with Crockpot Chicken Jambalaya?

  • White Rice – Prepare the white rice and mix it in the jambalaya ingredients.
  • Warm Bread – We also love to serve the jambalaya with warm bread on the side. Grab a loaf from the bakery or make these easy Homemade Dinner Rolls. You will want something to dip in the jambalaya and get very last drop.
  • No Rice Option – If you are watching your carbs, try Crock Pot Jambalaya no rice recipe. It is just as good and you really don’t have to serve with rice.
  • Cauliflower Rice – Another idea is Crock Pot jambalaya cauliflower rice. This is really tasty and easy if you are eating low carb. But still want the texture of rice in a meal.
  • See What to Serve with Jambalaya for more easy ideas.

How to Store Leftovers:

Store your leftover Chicken Jambalaya in an air tight container. Place container in the refrigerator and serve within 3 to 4 days.

You can also freeze your leftovers. Place the jambalaya in a freezer safe container and freeze. It will stay good for up to 6 months.

We think this chicken jambalaya is actually better the next day. All the ingredients marinate together overnight to make it even better.

How to Reheat:

To reheat leftover jambalaya, we recommend placing it in a sauce pan for about 15 minutes. This allows the jambalaya to heat thorough. You can reheat in the microwave, but this take longer and you get hot spots throughout the meal.

Print this Slow Cooker Jambalaya recipe below:

Slow Cooker Chicken Jambalaya

5 from 45 votes
Crock Pot Jambalaya is such a hearty meal with chicken and sausage. Packed with just enough heat to jazz it up but perfect for the entire family to enjoy.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 506


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  • Place all the ingredients in the crock pot except for the cooked rice.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Stir in the cooked rice. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-6 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 506kcal, Carbohydrates 32g, Protein 40g, Fat 24g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 127mg, Sodium 851mg, Potassium 999mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 1525IU, Vitamin C 53mg, Calcium 67mg, Iron 3mg

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  1. Kelly says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this a few times now, it’s always a hit at our house! Hearty and perfect for fall.

  2. Sue Parks says:

    Hi Carrie,

    Just a heads up, I got my new flyer from Bed, Bath & Beyond and the Ninja cooking system with auto IQ is on sale for $89.99 PLUS there is a 20% off coupon on last page of flyer! I know you always swear by your Ninja but I’m not sure if this is exact model you use. It says normally $129.99!