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Instant Pot Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the Creole seasonings, bay leaves, and thyme.
  4. Carefully place the sausage and chicken back in the pot and top with rice, tomatoes, and chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. 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.
  6. Allow the Instant Pot to natural release before doing a quick release.
  7. 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

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Pressure/Release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 ounces andouille sausage sliced into circular pieces
  • 1 pound chicken breasts boneless, skinless (cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 3 sprigs thyme (or substitute 1/2 – 1 teaspoon dried thyme; adjust to taste)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Set the Instant Pot to “Saute.”
  • 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. 
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    12 ounces andouille sausage
    1 pound chicken breasts
  • Remove the sausage and chicken and drain on paper towels.
  • 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. 
    1 green bell pepper
    1 white onion
    1 celery stalk
  • Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds while continuing to stir. 
    5 garlic cloves
  • Add the Creole seasoning, thyme, bay leaves, cooked sausage and chicken, rice, tomatoes, and broth. Stir to combine. 
    1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
    3 sprigs thyme
    2 bay leaves
    1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
    1 cup chicken broth
    1 cup long grain white rice
  • Close the lid, make sure the valve is set to “sealing,” and set Instant Pot to high pressure (manual/pressure cook) for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to natural release for 5 minutes before completing a quick release. Remove lid and stir. Taste, and season with salt and pepper.
    salt and pepper
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5Cup | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1556mg | Potassium: 1821mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1234IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 8mg
Recipe Rating




Amanda

Thursday 8th of September 2022

Turned out better than expected without roux. We used left-over Easter ham from the deep freezer. My husband accidentally used Cajun seasoning and smoked. Great flavor, super easy school night meal. Glueten free without roux.

Kimberly

Friday 9th of September 2022

Thanks so much, Amanda! We're glad the jambalaya turned out well. Using leftover ham was a great idea! Have a wonderful day! :)

Emily

Wednesday 17th of August 2022

Absolutely phenomenal recipe - easily the best instant pot recipe I have tried. I added frozen shrimp because I had it on hand, and it turned out great!

John

Thursday 18th of August 2022

Thank you Emily! We're thrilled you enjoy the jambalaya. Have a lovely day :)

Mary

Sunday 19th of June 2022

Hi! So I am still new to the instapot world so this may be a silly question. If I can’t have rice and just wanted to add some cauliflower rice at the end…how would you adjust the amount of chicken broth? Would you still need more than 1 cup? Thank you in advance. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

John

Sunday 19th of June 2022

Good Morning Mary, that's a good question. Let me start with a disclaimer, we've never substituted cauliflower rice for long grain rice, so this is our best guess. You are correct, do not add more than one cup of chicken broth. Otherwise, you'll have jambalaya soup. You're probably already thinking of doing things this way, but I'll type it out for other readers. Once the meat and veggies are done cooking, you may need to drain away some the excess liquid. After that, use the "keep warm," setting on your Instant Pot and stir in the cauliflower rice. I hope this information helps, have a lovely weekend! :)

Karen

Thursday 26th of May 2022

This is a regular in our house. I do add a bag of frozen, riced cauliflower and no one even knows they’re getting extra vegetables!

John

Friday 27th of May 2022

That's wonderful Karen, glad to hear your family enjoys the jambalaya. Cauliflower rice sounds like tasty substitution. Have a wonderful day :)

Donna

Thursday 10th of February 2022

Oh My God!!! Made this in a cheap generic multicooker (New Zealand..) Absolutely amazing result. I used cajun seasoning and,yes,it was a little spicy but even Miss 8 & Mr 11 had seconds.... a new family favorite!

John

Friday 11th of February 2022

That's wonderful, Kim and I are glad everyone enjoyed the jambalaya. Have a lovely day!