A big bowl of Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is is the kind of hearty food that's filling and satisfying. Top it with a scoop of white rice and a side of cornbread for a taste of South comfort food.
Kitchen Tools You'll Need to Make Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
The foundation of any gumbo is a dark and carefully crafted roux. Because of this, it's important to begin with a large Dutch oven or a similar size heavy bottomed pot, to make gumbo. You'll also need measuring cups and spoons, a large whisk, a sharp knife and chopping board and a skillet to cook the okra, plus spoons for stirring and serving. Gumbo serves nicely in a shallow pasta bowl or similar bowl to allow room for a scoop of rice.
How to Make the Best Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe
- What is a roux? The key to any gumbo is the roux. It's a mixture of equal parts flour and oil that's cooked until it's a rich dark color similar to chocolate. Making a roux is a labor of love as it needs to be stirred constantly because it can burn easily. For that reason, make gumbo on a day when you can dedicate time to the process.
- What's the difference between Cajun gumbo and Creole gumbo? Cajun gumbo typically doesn't include tomatoes as an ingredient. Creole gumbo does. Both feature the holy trinity of New Orleans cooking, onion, bell peppers and celery in copious amounts.
- Can I add seafood to this gumbo recipe? Seafood based gumbo recipes generally include shrimp, crab meat, crawfish and sometimes oysters. If you'd like to add shrimp to to this recipe you can! Add 1 cup cooked shrimp at the end of cooking with the chicken or in place of the okra, if you're not a fan.
Helpful Tips for Making Southern Style Gumbo Recipe
Is gumbo like a soup? While both are usually eaten in a bowl, gumbo is more like a stew.
The secret to authentic gumbo is in the roux. It's not a typo, it really does call for that amount of flour and oil. It takes time to reach the proper color and can burn. I usually prep the vegetables while it's cooking, just please note it can burn easily and if it does, you have to start over. A burnt roux will ruin the whole pot.
What seasonings does gumbo use? If you're looking for convenient and easy to find, you can use either Tony Chachere's or Zatarains Cajun or Creole seasoning in this recipe. You may of course, use any Cajun seasoning blend that you enjoy. Please note the amount of sodium and cayenne can vary from brand to brand so adjust amounts accordingly.
What is file powder? File is usually found near the Cajun seasonings in most grocery stores. It's made from ground sassafras leaves and has a similar texture to cumin with a slight green color.
Keep in mind that the broth for gumbo should be thinner than a stew but thicker than a soup. People take that very seriously down here. It's supposed to have a full bodied broth. That said, I recommend having extra stock handy, in case you want to thin it further at the end of cooking.
Do I have to add okra to gumbo? Okra is usually found in traditional gumbo recipes. Frozen cut okra is usually easy to find at Walmart. I hope that's the case where you live, too.
- You can chill and store gumbo in the fridge for around 3-4 days. It also will freeze beautifully for up to 2 months.
Other Cajun and Creole Recipes to Add to the Menu
Cajun and Creole foods may both hail from Louisiana but each has their own little characteristics and idiosyncrasies. A few other Cajun and Creole inspired recipes you may like to try:
- Cajun Orzo with Andouille Sausage
- Cajun Dirty Rice
- Easy Shrimp Creole
- Shrimp Po'Boy Recipe
- Cajun 15 Bean Soup
- Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice from Food52
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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 jumbo onion ¼ inch diced
- 2 cups chopped celery ½ inch diced
- 1 large green bell pepper ¼ inch diced
- 6 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 2 medium bay leaves
- 2 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (May adjust to taste)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne adjust amount depending on Cajun seasoning used
- 6-8 cups low sodium chicken stock (May use additional to thin at the end of cooking, if desired)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 16 oz package frozen okra cuts thawed
- 1 12 oz smoked andouille sausage ½ inch slices
- 4 cups roughly chopped rotisserie chicken
- 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced divided use
- 2-3 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 tablespoon file powder
- cooked rice and hot sauce for serving
- Add oil to a 6 quart Dutch oven or similar heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour while whisking constantly. Cook stirring slowly and constantly for 30-45 minutes OR until the color is dark brown and similar to the color of chocolate. (Time can vary depending on the consistency of the heat setting. Go by color.)
- Once desired color is reached, to the roux add diced onions, celery, bell peppers and garlic. Stir to coat in roux, cooking for 4 to 5 minutes, or just until vegetables have softened.
- To the pot add Cajun seasoning, salt, cayenne, and bay leaves. Continue to stir cooking for 3 to 4 minutes. Add 6 cups chicken stock. Stir until the roux mixture and stock are well combined. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, in a medium size skillet, brown okra in 1 tablespoon butter. Cook over medium high just until okra dries out a bit. Set aside.
- After 1 hour, to the pot add okra, sausage and chicken. Continue to simmer over medium-low gently bubbling with lid slightly offset for an additional 45-60 minutes. Remove from the heat and discard bay leaves. Stir in ½ green onions, parsley and file powder. Mix well. (If needed, add additional stock at this time or if you'd like a thinner broth, add additional chicken stock to thin.)
- Serve in shallow bowls with cooked white rice garnished with reserved green onions and hot sauce.