Easy Slow Cooker Jambalaya

6 Bowls459 cals

Today we take the slow cooker south to New Orleans! This healthy Slow Cooker Jambalaya recipe will not disappoint. It’s packed with protein, great for meal prep, and takes no time at all!

All you need to do for this slow cooker jambalaya? A slow cooker! Who could have guessed that?

Add into it 1 pound of chopped up chicken breast, 12 ounces of smoked turkey sausage, 2 cups of chopped up green bell peppers, 2 cups of chopped up celery, 1/4 cup of chopped up green onion, 3/4 cup of chopped up sweet onion, 2 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of cajun seasoning, a couple dried or fresh bay leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 to 2 tablespoons of some chili sauce, 2 1/2 cups of a bone broth, and 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes.

Mix everything together.

Throw the lid on and leave that on high heat for around 4 to 4 1/2 hours.

Last Step

After 4 hours or so add in 1 1/2 cups of uncooked brown rice and 12 ounces of frozen peeled shrimp. Don’t forget to remove the tails!

Mix those ingredients in.

Throw the cover back on and let it cook on high heat for an additional 30-45 minutes.

That’s it! Your healthy slow cooker jambalaya is done and it’s PACKED with protein!

This slow cooker jambalaya tastes just as good as it looks and it’s got just the right amount of kick to it.


If you want it a bit thicker, you can use a little less broth.

You can drain this a bit and use what you drained as a dressing on other things!

If the sodium seems a bit high to you or for some reason you need to lower it, just look for the lowest sodium alternatives to everything. You should be able to get it significantly lower between the sausage, broth, and sauce.

To meal prep this, I like to make 6 servings and each serving is around 20 ounces. I don’t usually weigh them, I just kind of evenly distribute everything into the containers and go from there.

The best part about about slow cookers recipes? You don’t have a million things to clean up after. Add everything into your slow cooker and wait.

Need another slow cooker meal prep idea? Try out Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe!

Easy Slow Cooker Jambalaya Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Jambalaya

This Slow Cooker Jambalaya is not just delicious and great for meal prep but it’s also PACKED with protein and a kick of chili sauce flavor!
4.75 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot jambalaya, jambalaya, slow cooker jambalaya
Servings: 6 Bowls
Calories: 459kcal
Cost: $8.25

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  • 1 Pound Chicken Breast
  • 12 Ounces Turkey Sausage - Low Sodium Smoked
  • 2 Cups Green Pepper - Chopped
  • 2 Cups Celery - Chopped
  • ¼ Cup Green Onion - Chopped
  • ¾ Cup Sweet Onion - Chopped
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Chili Sauce - or Hot Sauce
  • 20 Ounces Bone Broth - Low Sodium (20 Ounces)
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes - Low Sodium (28 Ounces)
  • 1 ½ Cups Rice - Uncooked Brown
  • 12 Ounces Shrimp - Peeled/Frozen


  • Chop up all of you vegetables, Chicken, and Turkey Sausage
  • Combine and mix all of your ingredients together aside from your Brown Rice and Shrimp
  • Cook on High for around 4-4 1/2 hours
  • Remove the tails from your Shrimp
  • Add in your Brown Rice and Shrimp
  • Mix everything together again and cook on High for an additional 30 to 45 minutes



Calories in the whole recipe:
  • Calories: 2756
  • Fat: 52g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Sodium: 3702mg
  • Carbs: 293g (Net Carbs = 259g)
  • Fiber: 34g
  • Sugar: 39g
  • Protein: 279g
Calories in each serving (around 20 ounces/6 servings):
  • Calories: 459
  • Fat: 8.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 617mg
  • Carbs: 48.8g
  • Fiber: 5.6g
  • Sugar: 6.5g
  • Protein: 46.5g


Serving: 20oz | Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.8g | Protein: 46.5g | Fat: 8.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Sodium: 617mg | Fiber: 5.6g | Sugar: 6.5g


  1. Adriana on May 4, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    This was the bomb-diggity. Mine was a little soupier than traditional jambalaya, but I think it is because I used leftover cooked brown rice at the end, rather than cook the rice in the crockpot as directed. Was still delicious. I just had to get rid of my cooked rice before it went bad, but will try as directed next time! Thanks for sharing!

    • Derek Howes on May 10, 2023 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you Adriana for the awesome feedback!

  2. Ryan on March 17, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Hi am I able to use a pressure cooker instead for this recipe? Literally bought all the ingredients and realized a slower cooker and pressure cooker aren’t interchangeable

    • Derek Howes on August 23, 2022 at 9:15 am

      You can but the cooking time will drastically change (hour or less).

  3. Spiro John J Dokolas on May 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Raw shrimp – or cooked?

  4. Rick on March 1, 2018 at 12:00 am

    It was great really loved

  5. Eric on February 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Hey Derek, You’ve got a typo in the “Here is the recipe:” section. You have listed ’12 Ounces Low Sodium Smoked Turkey Sauce’ when it should be sausage. I was looking at that section while wandering around the store trying to find turkey sauce. Figured it out by scrolling back up and rereading the recipe. The dish sounds amazing, looking forward to eating it this week!! Thanks again for all the awesome recipes, keep up the good work!

    • Derek Howes on February 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Haha! Oh my…sorry about that Eric. Fixed it on all ends. Hope you like it man!

  6. Philip on February 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    This turned out amazing! My rice took a little longer to cook. This is definitely going to be a staple of my diet. Thanks for the awesome recipie!

  7. Doreen on February 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Love your recipe. My son lost 60 pounds . I have lots st 30 . Your recipe r awesome never boring. Thanks u.

    • Derek Howes on February 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

      That’s amazing Doreen!!! Keep it up. Congrats to both of you!

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