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Instant Pot Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya

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Sausage and chicken jambalaya is the perfect blend of Creole seasoning, onions, peppers, celery, sausage, chicken, and rice. Use the Instant Pot to prepare this meal in less time than the stove top version. Tender meats, flavorful veggies, and perfectly cooked rice every time!

It’s rare that we make jambalaya, gumbo, or any Creole foods. Odd, too, because they are so tasty and always a hit.

Since purchasing the Instant Pot, we’ve already made this sausage and chicken jambalaya more times than I can count, and gumbo is in the near future!

Don’t get me wrong, I love simmering a large pot of food on the stove top. It makes the house smell wonderful and imparts so much flavor.

The reality is, I don’t always have time.

Instant Pot Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya topped with green onions next to a fork and green and white napkin.

On those days, when we want a hearty dinner but don’t have time to babysit a pot on the stove, we use the Instant Pot. It’s quick, easy, and very low maintenance.

That’s kind of how we decided to make jambalaya, pork chops with gravy, and wild rice and mushroom soup.

John asked for the jambalaya, but we’ve been so busy lately that I didn’t think we’d have time to make it stove top.

The Instant Pot was a lifesaver. We took the usual ingredients like sausage, chicken, onions, celery, peppers, tomatoes, and seasonings, and adapted the process. It worked perfectly!

Ariel view of sausage, chicken, tomatoes, rice, onions, peppers, and seasoning used for sausage and chicken jambalaya.

How to Make Instant Pot Jambalaya:

This recipe involves a lot of sautéing, so start by setting the Instant Pot to sauté. Add the oil, sausage, and chicken.

Stir until the chicken is white on the outside. The chicken doesn’t have to be cooked through, just cooked on the outside.

It will cook the rest of the way later in the process. It only takes 3-5 minutes to cook the chicken.

Then use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the pan. Leave the Instant Pot on sauté and add the onions, celery, and peppers.

Cook just until they’re soft then add the garlic. Be careful not to overcook the garlic, or it will become bitter. Add the Creole seasonings, bay leaves, and thyme.

Carefully place the sausage and chicken back in the pot and top with rice, tomatoes, and chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper.

Give the jambalaya a quick stir, and close the lid. Make sure the valve is set to “sealing,” and set to high pressure (manual/pressure cook) for 10 minutes.

Allow the Instant Pot to natural release before doing a quick release.

After the quick release, remove the lid and stir the jambalaya. Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs, and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately!

Ariel view of an open Instant Pot with cooked chicken and sausage, tomatoes, and rice for jambalaya.

Tips for a Successful Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya:

What’s the best way to avoid a burn notice?

To ensure that you don’t get a burn warning, make sure to scrape the bits from the bottom of the pot. Some brands of sausage have a higher fat content and are less likely to stick.

If needed, add a touch of extra oil in the beginning steps to keep food from sticking. Here’s a great resource that gives some tips about how to avoid a burn message

If it looks like the ingredients are on the lower moisture side or if your Instant Pot is bad about burning rice, add an extra 1/2 to 1 cup of broth from the start. Some readers report adding the extra broth and have had great results.

Additionally, if you are making this in an 8-quart, add 1 cup of extra broth. We also recommend layering the food beginning with the sauteed vegetables, add the meat next, then the rice, pour in the broth, and pour the tomatoes in last.

This will change up the way the ingredients are cooked, and you may need to cook the ingredients in batches. It may require a touch of extra broth, too, since the broth will sink below the rice.


What’s a substitution for Creole seasoning?

If you don’t have Creole seasoning, swap it out with equal amounts of Cajun seasoning. However, the Cajun seasoning tends to be a bit spicy. We use 1-2 tablespoons depending on the spiciness of the sausage.

The important thing is to flavor it to your liking! This also goes for the other seasonings like thyme and salt.

Please use your best judgment. We used the amount that worked for our friends and family. It may not be the same for your household.


Do you add uncooked rice to jambalaya?

Yes. The rice we used was long grain white rice. It was uncooked when we put it into the Instant Pot.


Can you freeze jambalaya?

Yes. We recommend freezing jambalaya in double plastic zip bags, so it will lay flat. It will keep for about 2 months if properly packaged.

Freezing does change the texture and taste slightly.

Close up view of sausage and chicken jambalaya in two white bowls with scattered green onions.

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Close up view of sausage and chicken jambalaya in two white bowls with scattered green onions.

Instant Pot Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Natural Release and Come to Pressure: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Sausage and chicken jambalaya is the perfect blend of Creole seasoning, onions, peppers, celery, sausage, chicken, and rice. Use the Instant Pot to prepare this meal in less time than the stove top version. Tender meats, flavorful veggies, and perfectly cooked rice every time!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to "Saute."
  2. Add the oil, sausage, and chicken. Use a wooden spoon to turn, while scraping the bottom of the Instant Pot. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the outside of the chicken is white. 
  3. Remove the sausage and chicken and drain on paper towels.
  4. Add the onions, pepper, and celery stirring with the wooden spoon while scraping the bottom. Cook for about 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are soft. 
  5. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds while continuing to stir. 
  6. Add the Creole seasoning, thyme, bay leaves, cooked sausage and chicken, rice, tomatoes, and broth. Stir to combine. 
  7. Close the lid, make sure the valve is set to "sealing," and set Instant Pot to high pressure (manual/pressure cook) for 10 minutes.
  8. Allow the Instant Pot to natural release for 5 minutes before completing a quick release. Remove lid and stir. 
  9. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

*This recipe was made in a 6-quart Instant Pot. We have not tested it in another size pressure cooker. However, according to the Instant Pot website, the 8-quart model requires significantly more liquid in order to come to pressure. Please add 1 cup additional liquid if using an 8-quart model.

*The ingredients have been adjusted after feedback from readers to increase the broth amount from 3/4 cup to 1 cup.

*See the post for tips and best practices, specifically regarding how to avoid a burn warning.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 0.5 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 533mgCarbohydrates: 21gSugar: 1gProtein: 22g

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Melissa

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Hello,

So I made this last night & my burn notice kept coming on. I followed the instructions to the tee... what am I missing??? I want to make it again because it was so yummy, but the rice was a bit under cooked :(

Thanks in advance for any help.

-Melissa C.

John

Thursday 18th of February 2021

Good Morning Melissa, sorry to hear that the jambalaya burned. You may want to add more liquid to the pot (start with 1/2-cup and add more if needed). Kim has a whole section dedicated to avoiding a burn notice written into the post. It's after the 3rd picture in the middle of the post. This recipe, for some reason, gives readers a lot of trouble. I suspect it has to do with the amount of rice used and how it cooks differently in different pressure cookers (i.e. model type). I hope this information helps, have a lovely day :)

Angela

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Good Morning!!! I’m on my 2nd attempt at this recipe. The first time I got the burn warning and ended up dumping it...thought I did something wrong. Tried again just now and same thing. I’m using a 6qrt pot and have never had this happen to me. I couldn’t find the “notes” you talk about regarding the burn warning. What am I doing wrong!!! 😢😢😢😢

Kimberly

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Hi Angela! We're so sorry to hear that! Every Instant Pot cooks a little differently, and some are more finicky than others. To find the notes about how to prevent a burn warning, go into the post above the recipe and locate the bolded heading that says "Tips for a Successful Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya." Just underneath that heading is a subheading that says, "What’s the best way to avoid a burn notice?" There are several paragraphs under that heading with tips about preventing a burn notice for this recipe. There's also a link (in maroon/purple) to a guide about burn notices. Again, we're so sorry that the Instant Pot is giving you trouble. Hope this information helps! Have a wonderful day!

Alex

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Love this recipe. It’s definitely become a go-to for us. I was also curious about using brown rice and had pretty good success with increasing the broth to 1.75 cups, increasing cooking time to 18 min, and slow releasing for ~7 min (was planning to do 5 and then lost track of time). It initially had a little more liquid than the usual recipe but absorbed a bit more as it sat - it extra liquid was totally absorbed when I re-heated the following day for lunch. Hope that helps others who are looking to use brown rice!

John

Thursday 21st of January 2021

Good Morning Alex, glad to hear using brown rice worked. Thank you for sharing your experience. Have a lovely day :)

Lindsay L.

Saturday 16th of January 2021

I love this Jamabalaya, definitely the best I’ve ever had!

I did learn to reduce the Creole seasoning to no more than 1 TBSP. It’s too salty for my taste with 2 TBSP.

John

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Good Morning Lindsay, we're glad to hear you enjoyed the jambalaya. Completely understandable, what's considered seasoned to some, is over seasoned to others. Thank you for coming back to comment on the recipe card. Have a lovely day! :)

Michelle Murphy

Monday 5th of October 2020

I’m super excited about trying this recipe and wanted to ask a question about the rice. Can I use instant rice? Thank you

John

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Good Morning Michelle, that's a good question. Unfortunately, due to the cook time (and release time), the instant rice would probably turn to mush. We don't recommend instant rice for this recipe. However, if you decide to try it anyway, let us know how it turns out. If it works, that would be great news :) Thank you for coming by to ask the question. Kim and I hope you have a lovely day!

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