Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

"Simple, but hearty with a classic combination. If you can't find andouille, use a local smoked sausage or kielbasa. This is easy to knock off quickly for a genuine Louisiana meal!"
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
12 large entree size




  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and Creole seasoning, and brown quickly in large heavy pot.
  • Brown the sausage, pour off fat, and reserve meats.
  • In same heavy pot, heat the oil and cook the flour in the oil over medium to high heat (depending on your roux-making skill), stirring constantly, until the roux reaches a dark reddish-brown color, almost the color of coffee, or milk chocolate for a Cajun-style roux.
  • 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.
  • Add the vegetables and stir quickly.
  • This cooks the vegetables and also stops the roux from cooking further.
  • Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes.
  • Add the stock, seasonings, chicken and sausage.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 1 hour, skimming fat off as needed.
  • Add the chopped onion tops and parsley, and heat for 5 minutes.
  • Serve over rice in large shallow bowls.
  • Great with hot crusty bread!

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  1. strange as it seems, my sis emailed me this recipe this morning, and it didn't have good directions, so I looked it up here, and lo and behold, there it was! With good directions, except for cutting up the sausage into pieces, lol. We loved it! I suggest that the salt not be added until near the end tho, after you have a chance to taste it first. We put 1/2 tsp. in it, and it verged on being too salty. Its turning cold here in Ohio, so its a wonderful dish to not only fill your belly, but warms the house at the same time. thanks! We loved it. I did change the size from 12 to 6 servings tho.
  2. This was easy and delicious. Make sure you have all of your vegetables chopped ahead of time, and ready to go. I followed the recipe except I used 1 1/2 lbs each boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts. Next time I will wait and add the browned sausage about 15 minutes before the gumbo is done, as I would like it a little bit snappier. Oh, and I only used 3 quarts of chicken broth, as that is all I had. My two "Nawlins" guests loved it. Thanks for helping a Yank cook Southern.
  3. Wow, I tried this and it was so very good, and so very easy to make. This was my First time every trying my hand at a Gumbo! Only thing I had problems with was that I did not have a stock pot to cook it all in. But I did put it in a Crock Pot and it lasted us a very long time. It took me longer to have mine done, but boy was it worth the wait. I used 3 packages of Smoked Sausages, and used Chicken breasts instead of the full chicken. Thank you Wendy for such a Wonderful first time recipe!
  4. Delicious gumbo! I halved the recipe, but you got the roux/broth ratio right-on for my taste.. perfectly thickened. I added a pound of shrimp, a can of corn and a couple tomatoes that didn't have anything else to do today.. I adjusted the Tony Chachere's to about 1 TBS, too.. perfect for our tastes.. I have this copied off and will remember you for the rest of my life.. well, your recipe anyway, lol.. Thanks much, Wendy.. - steve
  5. This recipe sounds really tasty, but I was of the understanding that gumbos include, as almost a staple, okra. This recipe does not contain okra and I wonder if it is a personal preference or just an omission error. I do, however, plan to make the recipe because it does sound pretty yummy.


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