Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is the BEST gumbo I have ever had. (No okra!) Hearty and classic. If you can't find andouille, use a good smoked sausage or kielbasa. The gravy is so rich, have lots of bread to sop it up. A friend gave me this recipe, so I don't know the origin.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning.
  2. Brown quickly.
  3. Brown the sausage, pour off fat and reserve meats.
  4. In large, heavy pot, heat the oil and cook the flour in the oil over medium to high heat, stirring constantly, until the roux reaches a dark reddish-brown color, almost the color of coffee or milk chocolate.
  5. If you want to save time, or prefer a more New Orleans-style roux, cook it to a medium, peanut butter color, over lower heat if you're nervous about burning it.
  6. Add the vegetables and stir quickly.
  7. This cooks the vegetabels and also stops the roux from cooking further.
  8. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes.
  9. Add the stock, seasonings, chicken and sausage.
  10. Bring to a boil, then cook for about one hour, skimming fat off the top as needed.
  11. Add the chopped scallion tops and parsley, and heat for 5 minutes.
  12. Serve over rice in large shallow bowls.
  13. Accompany with a good beer and lots of hot crispy French bread.
Most Helpful

EXCELLENT WONDERFUL AMAZING TASTY AWESOME! 5 stars are not enough for this recipe. I had been searching for a great gumbo recipe and narrowed it between two, this one won! I did however, take a couple of tips from the other recipe (and our own tastes) to prepare this dish. I did toast my flour in the cast iron dutch oven before making the roux. Instead of a whole chicken that was to be browned first, I used 6 skinless chicken thighs seasoned only with black pepper. I slid those into the homemade broth/roux mixture and cooked for approx. 30 minutes, removed from the pot and removed the meat from the bone before returning to the pot. In the last 20 minutes, I did add 2 lbs. tail on raw shrimp, 1 bag of sliced frozen okra, 1 can stewed tomatoes (I ran a paring knife thru them in the can to rough cut the slices before dumping in). Otherwise I did follow the recipe and we enjoyed this for 2 days. I do believe it was better the 2nd day. Served with a tossed salad and crusty french bread. I will make this again and again! Thank you Pebbles for a wonderful new recipe that I will share and make often!

CindiJ February 10, 2012

This was my first time making and eating gumbo. This is DELICIOUS in every way. I halved the recipe for 3 people with plenty left over, YAY! I used a Dutch oven for browning and making the roux. I wasn't sure if I should have use 2 different pots or not, but it work out fine. I used a full meaty chicken breast with skin on/bone in. After it was fully cooked I removed the skin and pulled the meat off the bone and added it back in. 20 minutes before serving I tossed in some raw tail on shrimp. Ultimately simmered the gumbo for a few hours to thicken it up just a bit before serving. Don't be afraid to simmer for more than the suggested time. This is a fabulous make ahead dish to serve company! Thanks for suggesting your recipe Pebbles, it ROCKS!

Chicagoland Chef du Jour February 13, 2011

All I can say is OMG! This was so good. I tweeked the recipe a little.... halved the roux, used red & orange peppers, 8 chicken thighs and 2 quarts of broth. We had this with rice and a loaf of crusty multi-grain bread. I can't wait to have leftovers.

Alisa Lea February 16, 2013