Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo

All You JANUARY 2006

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Cook time: 1 Hour
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Stand: 10 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$2.96


  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen cut okra, thawed
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4 ribs celery with leaves, sliced
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped, fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 12 chicken thighs
  • 1 pound cooked andouille sausage or kielbasa, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 (14 to 16 oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced scallion greens
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, or to taste
  • 12 cups cooked white rice


In a large bowl, stir together onions, okra, bell pepper, celery, 1/4 cup parsley, garlic, bay leaves, salt, thyme, cayenne, black pepper and allspice. Set aside.

In a large Dutch oven, cook chicken in batches over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes a side; transfer to a large bowl. Cook sausage in Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly until lightly browned, about 6 minutes; transfer to bowl with chicken. Pour fat from Dutch oven into a glass measure and add enough vegetable oil to equal 2/3 cup. Pour into Dutch oven and heat over medium-low heat, scraping up any browned bits. Gradually whisk in flour and cook, stirring frequently, until it is a very dark, rich brown, about 30 minutes; be careful not to burn it.

Add broth all at once and scrape up any browned bits. In another bowl, blend tomato paste with 2 cups water and stir into broth with chopped tomatoes. Add reserved vegetables, chicken and sausage. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, until thickened.

Stir in remaining 1/2 cup parsley, scallion greens and vinegar and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Remove Dutch oven from heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Discard bay leaves.

Serve gumbo on top of rice in bowls.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 934
  • Fat: 46g
  • Saturated fat: 12g
  • Protein: 45g
  • Carbohydrate: 86g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 159mg
  • Sodium: 2mg

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