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There are any number of ways to make jambalaya, but whatever you choose to add to make it your special dish, I just know it will be delicious. I don’t always know what is going to end up in mine, but it usually involves chicken and shrimp.
Beth Hensperger’s book Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker: Family Favorites has a basic version that I adapt. Of course, You just know that I’m gonna’ change it up which is what you should do to suit your family.1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 (14.5) ounce can low sodium diced tomatoes with their juice (I use part hot Rotel.) 1 (14.5) ounce can low-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (I use Emeril’s Bayou Blast) 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts halves or thighs, trimmed of fat and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups raw converted rice
8 ounces large shrimp, peeled and deveined
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
Coat the inside of the crock with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the onion, celery, tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and Cajun seasoning in the crock. Stir in the chicken and rice. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until most of the liquid is absorbed, the chicken is cooked through, and the rice is tender.
Stir in the shrimp and bell pepper. Set the cooker to HIGH, cover and let stand for 10-15 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and firm. Serve immediately in shallow bowls with fresh French bread and butter.
When I made this recently, I also added in crawfish tails and chopped Andouille sausage. I added the sausage in with the chicken, but I waited to add the crawfish tails with the shrimp since they are already cooked. You can also add in ham or other smoked sausage. I think the chicken thighs add more flavor, but the breasts will have fewer calories.Serves 4
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