Mardi Gras is coming up in less than a week, and all I can think about is jambalaya, beignets and gumbo!
In March of 2015 I visited New Orleans for the first time and absolutely fell in love with the food, the city and the people!
Since returning from my trip to The Big Easy almost a year ago, I’ve been asked by several friends and followers of the blog to recommend my favorite places to eat, drink and listen to live music in New Orleans. I’m currently working on the guide and I’m so excited to share it next Friday!
While the guide is filled with my favorite spots for beignets, shrimp and grits, and jambalaya in New Orleans, if you can’t make it to the city right now, I’ve got a super easy, super tasty Jambalaya recipe that you can make at home!
I added one of my favorite “special ingredients” ehem… buffalo sauce, to give it just a slightly different spice flavor profile. It turned out SO delicious with a nice kick of heat and tons of flavor!
- 1 lb andouille sausage (sliced)
- 2 lbs chicken (cubed)
- 1 cup onion (diced)
- ½ cup red bell pepper (diced)
- ½ cup green bell pepper (diced)
- 1 cup celery (diced)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- ½ cup buffalo sauce
- 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 2 cups long grain white rice
Add the sausage, chicken, onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, celery, garlic and diced tomatoes to a large slow cooker.
Pour the chicken broth into the slow cooker, then add the buffalo sauce, Old Bay seasoning, parsley, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper.
Mix everything together and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
About 30 minutes before serving, cook the rice according to package directions, and add to the slow cooker.
Serve the jambalaya topped with a little fresh chopped parsley.
I enjoy the extra “sauciness” of this jambalaya, (after all, that baguette I used to soak up all of that scrumptious sauce would just be sad without it 😉 ) but, if you would like a more traditional, less saucy, jambalaya, you can omit 1 cup of the chicken broth.
What are your plans for Mardi Gras? Have you ever been to New Orleans for the festivities or does your hometown celebrate Fat Tuesday?
I’ll be dancing the night away at the San Diego Mardi Gras party & parade downtown this Saturday! I’m so excited to get a little bit of that New Orleans feel back in my life! I’ll be posting all of the Mardi Gras action on Instagram & Snapchat!
If you’re staying home to celebrate, be sure to toss this Jambalaya in your slow cooker, I know you’ll love it!
♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free. Always make sure the andouille sausage, chicken broth and buffalo sauce used are gluten-free. All of the products I used in this recipe that are pictured above are gluten-free.