Saturday, February 12, 2011

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

The only jambalaya I'd ever made came from a Zatarain's box, so this was definitely a step up in my book!  It had just the right amount of spice for my taste and was a much lighter version than I'm used to.  Since the rice doesn't cook in with the meat, you could even serve it with a crusty loaf as a non-traditional-jambalaya-stew-thing.  Maybe?!   

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 pound andouille sausage, diced
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp Cajun or Creole seasoning
1 tsp hot sauce
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 pound frozen peeled and cooked shrimp, thawed
cooked rice for serving

In a slow cooker, combine chicken, sausage, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, celery, and chicken broth.  Stir in oregano, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, bay leaves and thyme.  Cover and cook on Low for 7 hours or on High for 3 hours.  Stir in the thawed shrimp, cover and cook until the shrimp is heated through, about 5 minutes.  Discard bay leaves and spoon mixture over cooked rice.

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