Slow Cooker Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

For a hands-off Cajun dinner, try our slow cooker Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya recipe. The chicken and veggies stew for a few hours, then the rice and shrimp get added later in the game for spot-on texture and flavor.

Slow Cooker Chicken Shrimp Jambalaya
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves or thighs

  • 2 cup thinly sliced celery (4 stalks)

  • 2 cup chopped onion (2 large)

  • 1 14.5 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 14 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ 6 ounce can no-salt-added tomato paste (1/3 cup)

  • 1 Homemade Salt-Free Cajun Seasoning or 1 1/2 teaspoons salt-free Cajun seasoning

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cup uncooked instant brown rice

  • ¾ cup chopped green, red, and/or yellow sweet pepper

  • 8 ounce fresh or frozen peeled and deveined cooked shrimp*

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • Celery leaves (optional)

Homemade Salt-Free Cajun Seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Cut chicken into 3/4-inch pieces. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine chicken, celery, onion, undrained tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, Homemade Salt-Free Cajun Seasoning, garlic, and salt.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 hours.

  3. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in uncooked rice and sweet pepper. Cover and cook about 30 minutes more or until most of the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

  4. Before serving, thaw shrimp, if frozen. Stir shrimp and parsley into chicken mixture. If desired, garnish each serving with celery leaves.

Homemade Salt-Free Cajun Seasoning

  1. In a small bowl stir together onion powder, garlic powder, white pepper, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.


If desired, leave the tails on the shrimp.

For easy cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your jambalaya is finished cooking, spoon it out of your slow cooker. Once the food is out of your slow cooker liner, simply dispose of the liner. Note: Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

211 Calories
2g Fat
26g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 211
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 415mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Protein 23g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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