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Slow Cooker Chicken Jambalaya
If you are familiar with my other recipes, you know I avoid many meats that are pork or scavenger, so the replacements have also been presented in this recipe. I avoid the standard options of shrimp, crawfish, and pork sausage and instead, use:
- Chicken Breasts (boneless, skinless)
- Smoked Turkey Sausage
Also, since I prefer to avoid canned or processed items, I utilize the following for that amazing flavor I am describing:
- Bell Pepper (Green, red, yellow, and orange)
- Onions (I prefer the red onions, but in a pinch have used yellow)
- Whole tomatoes
What makes this so amazing?
Jambalaya is a favorite of many people, especially with the Cajun flareand aromas! This meal is one of those that is easily going to become a quick favorite when looking for something to serve on a week night after a long day at work. Not only this, but it is also excellent for the cool nights when all you want is something to warm you up after coming indoors, especially if you are not a fan of soup! I have always been a fan of jambalaya, but as I do not eat a lot of things most people place within theirs, I had to seek out alternatives to create something I would enjoy. This was a recipe I created after really wanting to try a dish a close friend was preparing, but because of the ingredients he used, I had to pass.
When I came home and had this meal waiting, I immediately called him and when he tasted it, he actually said it was an excellent replacement for his own recipe and the changes that I had made created little to no difference, other than flavor! After his praise, and trying it myself, I immediately knew I would have to keep the recipe on hand to use in the future, and not only that it made a great option for potlucks! I hope you can enjoy it as much as my friends and family have!
Please, Let Others Know What You Think
Don't Be Afraid to be Adventurous!
Jambalaya is an amazing dish, but do not feel that you need to hold back on trying new items for zip, or adding a little personal touch. I have been known to add things such as fresh okra or replace the rice with elbow or shell pasta. The only thing I normally avoid when preparing this meal is potatoes. This is not a soup, and when the potatoes are added, it doesn't necessarily reduce the dish, it just moves away from the Jambalaya and becomes more of a chicken stew. I love to try different things and with time, I have altered the recipe in several ways to create my own personal tastes. The recipe I am including is one that is a simple starting point. I encourage you to add your own ideas and see if you can find something you can enjoy as much as I do my own. This is one of those slow cooker recipes where I am providing the groundwork, all you have to do is add the things you feel will make it better for your own personal tastes. On the other hand, it is a great recipe in itself and doesn't require any additions. It is merely a personal choice. So, before delving into the ingredients, I want to encourage you to not be afraid of being a little adventurous.
If you do find something you add that you thinks others will enjoy, please share! We are all here to discover ways to make those slow cooker meals something that everyone can enjoy, and because of this, we should all give advice and ideas which may be exactly what someone else has been looking for to make their own jambalaya more enjoyable!
Touch of History
The old stories surrounding the history of the New Orleans Jambalaya are found to revolve around an event in which a weary traveler arrived at an end one night after dinner had already been served. The cook, wanting to prepare the man a meal, began tossing random ingredients together and the results have become to be known as jambalaya, and it would also become an historical favorite. This little story is perhaps why I am so encouraging that you should always feel free to be adventurous when preparing this dish. You know your personal tastes, as well as those of your friends and family who also may be enjoying the meal, and because of this, your addition may provide an excellent idea for the perfect meal in your own home!
- 8-16 oz. skinless, boneless chicken breast, halved
- 1 each red, yellow, orange, green pepper, cut into small pieces (normally use the small peppers on the red, yellow and orange)
- 1 medium red onion, diced
- 8 oz smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/2-inch thick pieces
- 2 med. tomatoes, diced
- 2 cups water
- 2-3 jalapenos, diced
- 1 pkg. jambalaya rice mix
- 2 cups tomato juice, (or if you have it V8 works well too)
- Cut the chicken into 1/2-inch strips.
- Place veggies into 4 quart slow cooker and top with chicken strips and turkey sausage.
- Add water, the diced tomatoes, tomato juice (or V-8), jalapeneos and the seasoning packet from the rice, leaving the rice to the side.
- Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
- After 6 hours, add the dry rice mix, turn to high and cook another 45 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
- Ready to serve!
Nutritional Serving size
|Serving size: 1 cup|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Carbohydrates 37 g||12%|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 19 g||38%|
|Cholesterol 47 mg||16%|
|Sodium 1118 mg||47%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
The nutritional information is based on the ingredients placed within this recipe and may change as you alter the recipe. If you elect to replace the fresh veggies with processed or frozen items, this information may also change. I am only providing the information based on what I include in my own personal use.