Jambalaya can be made a variety of different ways, but the basics remain the same: meat, rice and vegetables. A Louisiana Creole dish of Spanish and French influence, jambalaya is a unique and tasty dish that can be made quick and healthy using just a crock pot!
This recipe may not be the "traditional" version of jambalaya, but is extremely easy to make and only requires SIX ingredients! Just chop everything up, dump it in your crock pot, and let it do it's thing ;)
This recipe is also extremely flexible! I used a chicken sausage with sweet peppers and onions, but it would also be really good with a smoked andouille sausage. If you can find it, look for a turkey or chicken andouille, it'll add that smokey flavor without all the fat!
You can also feel free to mix up the vegetables used; a traditional jambalaya starts with the "trinity" of onion, celery and bell pepper. It also typically includes shrimp which I'm sure would be delicious!
Healthy Crock Pot Jambalaya
Serves 4-6 people. 400 calories 5 Fat, 48 Carbs & 33 Protein for 1/4 of recipe.
- 2 sweet bell peppers
- 1 yellow onion
- 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 8 oz sausage
- 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 2 cups water
- 1 package of jambalya/spanish rice mix (I used Near East)
- Chop up vegetables and chicken into about 1 inch strips and add to crock pot.
- Slice sausage in half lengthwise and then again into 1/2 inch half-circles. Add to crock pot.
- Pour tomatoes and water into crock pot and give it a good stir.
- Allow everything to cook on low for about 5-6 hours or on high for about 4 hours.
- During the last 45 minutes of cooking, turn crock pot up to high, add rice and seasoning packet, and stir. Allow to cook until rice is soft and most of the water is absorbed. Enjoy!