Crockpot Jambalaya is an easy, throw-it-in-and-let-it-do-its-thang kind of simple slow cooker dinner that these days is right up my alley.
Jambalaya ticks so many boxes, which is I think why we love it so much around these parts.
Want seafood? There’s shrimp.
Want chicken? Got that, too.
Sausage? Rice? Mega-comforting tomato-based sauce, alls low cooked with very little hands on and a fabulous flavor at the end?
Done, done, and done-er.
This crockpot jambalaya is made with Vee-Tee Rice (who kindly sponsored this post you are reading right this very second) and their rice is PERFECT for a crockpot dish like this.
Usually, rice in a crockpot dish means one of two things: sticky, gluey, gelatinous mess, or unflavored rice that’s added in at the end.
It’s ao tricky to time the cooking process of rice out when it’s in a crockpot meal. This is especially hard when you don’t quite know how hot your crockpot gets. Then it’s all a guessing game!
Do I add the rice in 20 minutes before the dish is done? 30? 45? TELL ME.
And don’t get me started on making the rice on the side and adding it later. That just means you don’t get nearly the same amount of flavor in the dish, since the rice doesn’t get the chance to soak up any goodness while it cooked.
But since VeeTee Rice is par-cooked before packaging, it finishes in the crockpot in half the time. Just 10 minutes on high, the rise soaks up flavor, finishes cooking to the right texture, and rounds out this jambalaya something fierce.
Since the base of jamblaya is really rice and tomato=based sauce, this is no small thing with this recipe.
Don’t have VeeTee Rice on hand? Plain white rice should be added about 30 minutes prior to serving- but keep an eye on it, and turn off the heat as soon as the rice is done cooking (don’t let those grains get mushy!)
Many thanks to VeeTee USA for sponsoring this post! Make sure to check out their full range of shelf-stable, par-cooked rices. This is not the first time I’ve worked with this fabulous ingredient and we always have some on hand.
It’s also fabulous in a weeknight fried rice, or thrown together in a quick rice ball for a party appetizer, or even when baked with fall-friendly vegetables and squashes for an easy, freezer-friendly side dish.
This easy weeknight crockpot recipe calls for prepackaged VeeTee long grain rice, which can be purchased here on Amazon (aff link). If none is available, substitute long grain dry rice (see instructions below)
3 large okra, sliced
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 bell pepper, deseeded and diced
1 pound chicken breast
1 pound smoked sausage
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
1 pound large peeled shrimp
1 package VeeTee long grain white rice (or 1 cup dry long grain white rice)
Place all ingredients except for shrimp and rice in a large crockpot and secure the lid. Cook on high for 3 hours, low for 5, until the chicken shreds easily and the vegetables are soft.
If using VeeTee prepackaged rice: 15 minutes before serving, add the shrimp and rice and stir to combine. Cook until the shrimp has turned pink and no clear parts remain, and the rice is soft and cooked through.
If using plain dry rice: Add rice 25 minutes prior to serving and stir to combine. Add the shrimp 15 minutes prior to serving and cook until pink and cooked, and no clear remains, and the rice is cooked through and soft.