Easy Jambalaya Recipe

I’d be miserable without my rice cooker. Of course I could make rice without it, but I wouldn’t want to. There’s no worrying about burning, drying out or ruining the rice when you use a rice cooker. And then, when you realize you can make something as awesome as this easy Jambalaya recipe with virtually no cooking skills – you’d be crazy not to own one. 

Sam the Cooking Guy

Easy Jambalaya Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 - 10 servings

Easy Jambalaya Recipe

So easy it’s barely cooking. But wait to you see how it turns out…


1 1/2 cups uncooked rice (not instant rice)

1 pound spicy smoked sausage, the fully cooked kind - cut lengthwise and then into 1/4 inch half rounds

1 pound raw peeled and de-veined shrimp

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded into bite-sized pieces

7 ounces diced green chilies

2 tablespoons Creole seasoning

4 cups chicken broth


  1. Put everything into the rice cooker, stir well, close the lid and press start.
  2. When the rice cooker goes off - it's ready and delicious.
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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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Cindy August 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I don’t have a Rice Cooker! How would I cook it?? Sounds delish & Easy!!


Sam Zien August 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Hey Cindy – it is delish and easy. but with no rice cooker, just put the rice and broth in a pot, bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, add everything else, stir well and cover. cook until all is done – maybe 20 minutes. the chick and sausage are already cooked, so you’re really just waiting for the shrimp. of course the beauty of the rice cooker is that it turns itself to warm when it’s done – so you’ll have to watch your version. but it should be great.


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