- 1 pound Smoked Sausage sliced
- 2 pounds Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
- 1 pound Shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 green bell pepper chopped
- 1 Jalapeno seeded and chopped
- 2 Onions chopped
- 3 Celery Stalks chopped
- 1 cup Mushrooms sliced
- 2 tablespoons garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
- 28 ounces Diced Tomatoes undrained
- 2 cups Chicken Broth fresh and homemade
- 2 cups White Rice long grain and uncooked
- 1/2 cup Black Lager
- Grease your slow cooker
- Add in all of the ingredients to the slow cooker except for the shrimp and rice
- Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours
- Add in your shrimp and rice
- Cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes
This jambalaya recipe is the perfect way to serve up a hearty and hefty meal that will keep you filled up. This is a great recipe to make at home for your family, for a BBQ, or even your work pot luck. Everyone who has a bite of this spicy jambalaya will fall in love with it.
This recipe is simple to make and is even easier to enjoy. You can serve this dish as is or you can serve it with some toasted bread.
While this recipe is easy to whip up, there are some tips and tricks that I want to share with you simply because I think it can improve the recipe and you can adjust it to meet your needs.
If you like a spicy jambalaya, this is not going to do it for you. While there is some jalapeño in it, you will need to add some additional heat. For example, use two jalapeños instead of one, add in some chili powder, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes. In addition, you could choose spicy sausage.
For this type of meal, I used a black lager. The dark, roasty components of this type of beer will compliment the spiciness of the dish. We're using red meat (sausage) and fatty chicken (thighs), so that pairs well too! A dry stout would work as well. I wouldn't use a black IPA simply because it's too hoppy, and I think dark german lagers will be too sweet and malty.
When it comes to the protein in this jambalaya, you can play around with it a bit. The recipe calls for a smoked sausage, but you can opt in for kielbasa, a hot sausage, Italian sausage, or any sausage flavor that you enjoy. There is no limit to the type you choose and you are not bound to just one type.
You can also switch out the chicken thighs for a leaner cut of meat such as boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Chicken thighs will add some additional fat to the recipe, so consider removing the skin or switching to the breast, as mentioned above.
Shrimp is in this recipe, but if you are allergic to it or do not want to add any in, simply omit it from the recipe. You'll notice there's no shrimp in these photos, but it's just because I forgot it at the store.
If you are more of a beef person, omit the chicken and add in some ground beef or even beef chunks. You will find that the ground beef helps tie the meal together and it will help bring out the Cajun flavors and spices.
If you plan to use beef in this recipe, I would suggest that you switch out the homemade chicken broth for beef broth. This is because you do not want the undertones of chicken, if you plan to use beef. Same goes for matching the chicken broth with the chicken.
If you do not want any meat in this recipe, use a vegetable broth and load this recipe up with vegetables. You could add in some additional peppers, carrots, and even some mushrooms.
When it comes to your slow cooker, make sure that you watch the cook time because all slow cooker will cook the food differently. You want to stir this dish every couple of hours to prevent sticking or burning.
On a final note, ALWAYS take your time to devein the shrimp. You want the shrimp to be as clean as possible when they go into the dish. I used only 1 cup of rice because I didn't want to make that much food, but to be honest, it came out a bit soggy. 2 cups should be able to soak up all that liquid without getting too mushy.
If you want to make just one cup of rice, consider reducing the amount of chicken broth you use to about 1 cup as well.
The slow cooker I used in this recipe was the Cuisinart 3.5 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker. This was a perfect cooker to test for this recipe because of the extra addition of rice for 30 minutes after the initial meal is done. Having the digital timer came in handy for sure! It makes timing everything simple.
Low priced slow cookers typically don't have timers on them because budget usually means fewer features, but Cuisinart was able to sell this one a very decent price for what you get! I also like the traditional oval stoneware versus other shapes and sizes that are available.
You can also check out my list of top five 2-4 quart slow cookers under $60, or see the abbreviated and curated version right here (TOP 3).