To facilitate easy eating, either remove the shells of the shrimp before serving, or instruct your guests to remove the shells themselves as they eat.
- 1 white onion, diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced about 1/4 inch
- 1 pound boneless chicken breasts and/or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 to 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning (I like Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning)
- 1 pound large shrimp, shell on, thawed
- 1 cup long grain white rice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
1 Slow cook the sausage, chicken, and veggies: Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, sausage, chicken, tomatoes, oregano, bay leaves, and Creole seasoning to a large slow cooker. Stir together well.
Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 4 to 5 hours. You are ready to move onto the next step when the veggies are very tender and the chicken is cooked through and you can pull it easily apart.
2 Add the shrimp and cook on high: Leave the shells on the shrimp, but use kitchen shears to cut up the backs; this will make them easier to peel later.
Add the shrimp to the slow cooker. Stir it in, cover, and cook on high for another 30 to 45 minutes until the shrimp are cooked through.
3 Cook the rice: While the shrimp cooks, cook the rice either according to the package directions or following this boiled rice method. When done, set the rice aside, covered, until ready to serve. (This makes about 4 cups of cooked rice.)
3 Taste and season: Remove bay leaves from the jambalaya and taste. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Either peel the shells off the shrimp now, or serve with the shells on and instruct guests to remove the shells as they eat.
Stir the cooked rice into the jambalaya (as pictured), or serve the jambalaya ladled over top the rice.
Leftovers will keep in the fridge in air-tight containers for 2 to 3 days and then the shrimp start to really break down. This dish doesn’t freeze particularly well. The combination of rice, shrimp, and sauce doesn’t reheat easily without making the shrimp very rubbery.