It's Mardi Gras time! Chicken Legs and I aren't big Mari Gras people. I've only been to Mardi Gras once. I went with a bunch of sorority sisters when I was in college. We all piled in my Honda Prelude and took a road trip to New Orleans. We stayed in the French Quarter so we were close to the action. I saw things on Bourbon Street that I've never seen before or since. It is truly amazing what people will do for some cheap plastic beads. It was definitely an experience to remember - once was enough for me!
Our current Mardi Gras celebration is much more tame. We just like to make some jambalaya. I thought about making my favorite Creamy Jambalaya Pasta, but then I found a slow cooker jambalaya recipe. It sounded easy so I gave it a try. It turned out to be the best jambalaya ever! We both absolutely loved it.
This was SO easy to make. I mixed everything up in the crockpot insert the night before and threw it in the fridge. I put the insert in the crockpot before I left for work and dinner was ready when I got home. The only thing I had to make was our favorite Cheesy Biscuits.
Slow Cooker Jambalaya
adapted from AllRecipes.com
approximately 5-6 servings
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes
1 pound smoked turkey sausage, sliced
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
3 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
1 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 tsp minced garlic
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
white rice or instant rice (I used 2 packs of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice - Garlic & Butter flavor)
In a slow cooker, mix the chicken, sausage, tomatoes with juice, onion, garlic, celery, and broth. Season with oregano, parsley, Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, and thyme. (I do this the night before and put it in the fridge. I put it in the slow cooker before I leave in the morning.)
Cover, and cook 7 to 8 hours on Low, or 3 to 4 hours on High. Mix in cooked rice cook for about 15 minutes to warm through.