Instant Pot Jambalaya is an easy pressure cooker rice dish that’s full of flavor. It’s one of my favorite recipes to make on a busy weeknight.
This one-pot meal has all the usual ingredients of traditional jambalaya like tender chicken and smoked sausage along with the holy trinity and homemade creole seasoning for a flavorful meal.
You’ll feel like you’re dining in New Orleans for Mardi Gras when you sit down with a bowl of creole jambalaya at dinner time. Best of all, you can make a great meal for your family in less time than it would take to order from a restaurant.
Next time you want a delicious meal that can be made in a short amount of time, give this simple recipe a try.
- By the Numbers: How to Make Instant Pot Jambalaya
- Tips for Making the Best Instant Pot Jambalaya
- What’s the holy trinity?
- Do I have to use chicken stock?
- Substitute chicken thighs
- Substitute for Andouille Sausage
- How to add shrimp
- Can basmati rice be substituted for jasmine?
- Can brown rice be substituted or white rice?
- Is store bought cajun seasoning okay?
- What hot sauce goes well with jambalaya?
- What to do with leftovers?
- More Instant Pot Chicken Recipes
- How to simplify meal prep?
- Instant Pot Jambalaya Recipe
- More Gluten Free Instant Pot Recipes
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 12 ounces of sliced Andouille sausage
- 1 cup of diced onion
- 1 cup of diced green bell peppers
- 1 cup of diced celery
- 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 pound of cubed boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon of cajun seasoning
- 2 cups of chicken stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups of rinsed jasmine rice
- 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes
- Green onions
- Cutting Board
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Fine mesh strainer
- Mixing spoon
- Instant Pot
By the Numbers: How to Make Instant Pot Jambalaya
Learn how to make flavorful Jambalaya in your Instant Pot in this cajun dinner recipe.
Step 1: Cook Sausage
Press the Saute function button on your Instant Pot then add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to the inner pot. Once warm, cook 12 ounces of sausage slices until they’re lightly browned on both sides.
Step 2: Add Holy Trinity Vegetables
Next, add 1 cup of diced onion, 1 cup of diced green bell pepper and 1 cup of diced celery to the pot with the sausage and cook for about 2 minutes.
Step 3: Add Garlic and Chicken
Add 4 cloves of minced garlic and 2 pounds of chicken breast cubes to the pot, then cook everything for about a minute and turn off the heat.
Step 4: Add Cajun Seasoning
Add 1 tablespoon of cajun seasoning to the ingredients in your Instant Pot, then give everything a really good stir to make sure it’s well combined.
Step 5: Add Stock & Deglaze Pot
Once that’s done, stir in 2 cups of chicken stock and 1 bay leaf. While you’re stirring, use your wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pot so there are no browned bits or anything stuck to it. It’s important that you do not skip deglazing the pot or you may get a burn notice.
Step 6: Layer in Rice
After the pot is deglazed, sprinkle 2 cups of jasmine rice over the top of the other ingredients. Gently press the rice down under the liquid, but do not stir it.
Step 7: Top with Canned Tomatoes
Finally, pour 1 can of diced tomatoes evenly over the top of the rice (don’t stir anything).
Step 8: Pressure Cook Jambalaya
Be sure the pressure release valve is in the sealing position. Cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes.
When the cooking time is up, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then use a quick pressure release to let out the remaining pressure and open the lid.
Step 9: Stir Cooked Jambalaya
After the steam has dissipated, gently stir with a wooden spoon to combine the ingredients, but be careful not to break up the rice too much.
Step 10: Serve Dinner
Serve your chicken and sausage jambalaya topped with sliced green onions in a bowl for a hearty meal.
Tips for Making the Best Instant Pot Jambalaya
Answers to all of your questions about making this tasty dish in your electric pressure cooker, including tips and substitution ideas.
What’s the holy trinity?
In cajun and creole food, you’ll often see a reference to the “holy trinity,” which is simply a combination of green bell peppers, celery and onions. These 3 veggies along with cajun seasoning is what really makes this authentic Instant Pot Jambalaya recipe taste so great.
Do I have to use chicken stock?
I find that using chicken broth instead of water when making rice in the Instant Pot is key to rich flavor. I always use my homemade chicken stock.
You can use filtered water instead, but you’ll lose some of the classic cajun flavor.
Substitute chicken thighs
Chicken thighs have more flavor than breasts and they’re a bit moister. Either cut is delicious in this cajun jambalaya recipe.
Substitute for Andouille Sausage
I know Andouille can be a bit spicy for kids. You want to get that smoky flavor into your jambalaya, so you can use pretty much any smoked sausage in this recipe.
I also find that sometimes chicken andouille sausage isn’t quite as spicy as the traditional version. We always taste it first to make sure the heat isn’t too overpowering.
How to add shrimp
Classic jambalaya does have shrimp in it, but I like the convenience of using just chicken and sausage since we always have some in the freezer.
If you want to add shrimp to your pressure cooker jambalaya, wait until the pressure cooking is done so they don’t end up chewy.
- Simply stir raw shrimp into the jambalaya once it’s done pressure cooking.
- Place the lid on the pot for 5 minutes to allow the shrimp to cook through using residual heat.
- Open the lid, stir and check that the shrimp are cooked.
Alternatively, you can sauté them on the stove top and stir them in at the end, just before serving.
Can basmati rice be substituted for jasmine?
If you don’t have jasmine rice, you can use another long grain white rice. If you use basmati rice, however, I find that it absorbs more liquid than jasmine, so you will likely need to add more chicken stock.
Can brown rice be substituted or white rice?
No, brown rice has a much longer cooking time and the rest of the ingredients would become mushy or chewy if you cooked them for that long.
Is store bought cajun seasoning okay?
Yes, while I always have a quart of my homemade cajun seasoning in the spice cabinet, store bought works well too. Some popular brands are Tony Chachere’s, Louisiana, Slap Ya Mama and Zatarain’s.
If you make this recipe once and it has too much spice for the whole family, choose a cajun seasoning with less heat next time. You can make my cajun seasoning and just add less cayenne pepper if you can’t find one at the grocery store that suits your taste preferences.
What hot sauce goes well with jambalaya?
For extra spicy jambalaya, we use Louisiana Hot Sauce, but pretty much any cayenne pepper hot sauce will taste great.
What to do with leftovers?
If you have any leftover jambalaya, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
More Instant Pot Chicken Recipes
Need more easy dinner recipes using chicken breasts? Try some of these popular dishes:
- Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls
- Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice
- Instant Pot Butter Chicken
- Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
- Instant Pot Crack Chicken
- Instant Pot Whole Chicken
How to simplify meal prep?
If you’re struggling with meal prep, I have two suggestions for you. The first is to use a Meal Planner to plan out your meals for the whole month. It also helps keep grocery shopping organized and on budget.
My second tip is to consider online grocery shopping. Buying groceries online takes away a lot of the impulse purchases we make when we go to the store hungry. Plus, since you’re meal planning, you’ll know exactly what you need to order.
I most often do my online shopping with Misfits Market. I love saving produce from the landfills, but if you want more online shopping options, check out my posts on Fresh Produce Delivery and Meat Delivery services.
Instant Pot Jambalaya Recipe
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 12 ounces Andouille sausage - sliced
- 1 cup onion - diced
- 1 cup green bell peppers - diced
- 1 cup celery - diced
- 4 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts - cubed
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
- 2 cups chicken stock - or cold water
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups jasmine rice - well rinsed of excess starch
- 14 ounce canned diced tomatoes
- Green onions - optional
- Turn your Instant Pot onto the Saute setting and add the extra virgin olive oil to the inner pot. Once warm, cook the sausage slices until lightly browned.
- Add the diced onion, green pepper and celery to the pot and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Add the garlic and chicken, then cook for about a minute and turn off the heat.
- Add the cajun seasoning and stir well to combine.
- Stir in the chicken stock and bay leaf, using your spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan so there is nothing stuck to it. Do not skip deglazing the pot or you could get a burn error.
- Add the rice and gently press it down under the liquid without stirring.
- Pour the tomatoes over the top of the pre-rinsed rice (don’t stir).
- Make sure the lid valve is closed. Cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes. Allow for a natural release of pressure for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure. Open the lid.
- Gently stir to combine the ingredients.
- Serve your chicken and sausage jambalaya topped with sliced green onions in a bowl for a delicious meal.