Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Are you ready for Mardi Gras? With the parades in full swing in New Orleans and Fat Tuesday next week, I thought it was the perfect time to have a traditional dish to celebrate.  I made Vicky Braun’s, inventor of the Lid Pocket, Slow Cooker Jambalaya. After a little bit of chopping, everything gets mixed together in the slow cooker, making this one of the easiest recipes I have every done in my slow cooker. Delicious, spicy and easy to eat, we loved it! I served it with a crispy romaine Caesar salad to cut the heat. Don’t forget to set your table in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power).

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Jambalaya Slow Cooker
Recipe from Vicky Braun, inventor of the Lid Pocket ( – a hands-free lid solution for most slow cookers

~ Ingredients ~


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound sausage (Andouille, Polish or Jennie-O turkey sausage) sliced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice (drained)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2-3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • ½  teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½  teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pound cooked shrimp without tails (add last 30 minutes)
  • 2 – 2.5 cups cooked rice – brown or white (stir in 10 minutes before serving)



~ Directions ~

  1. In a slow cooker, combine all the ingredients above except the rice and shrimp.
  2. Cover and cook 6 to 8 hours on LOW or 3 to 4 hours on HIGH.  
  3. Stir in the shrimp during the last 20 minutes of cook time.
  4. Stir in cooked rice 10 minutes before serving.  Serves 10-12
The Lid Pocket is a hands-free lid solution for most slow cookers and a great way to keep the lid off the counter, making serving a breeze and eliminating a messy wet counter from the condensation. Check out the video demonstration and you will want one for your kitchen:
to buy: Lid Pocket
Happy Mardi Gras!
photograph by Ridgely

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