Jambalaya is such a culinary staple and storied dish in New Orleans the word is used to describe so much more than food. “What a crazy jambalaya of music at this festival.” The dish has represented New Orleans since Colonial Spanish settlers tried reconstructing their native paella from locally-sourced ingredients. Today, the dish is comprised of a mix of meat –chicken, seafood or sausage or all three! -- peppers, onions, other vegetables, spices and ricecombined in a variety of ways, or as Chef John Besh told Epicurious: “Depending on what town you’re from [and] how your mother cooked it.”
However it’s done, jambalaya’s become a flavorful and fundamental part of New Orleans cuisine. Jambalaya will make you feel New Orleans’ essence; it can be wolfed down or savored, but it should never be passed up.
In a slow cooker, combine chicken, sausage, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, celery, and chicken broth. Stir in oregano, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, bay leaves, and thyme.
Cover, and cook on LOW for 7 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours. Stir in the thawed shrimp, cover and cook until the shrimp is heated through, about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves and spoon mixture over cooked rice.