Louisiana Chicken Gumbo really hits the spot on a cold day. It’s a terrific rainy day meal. You’re gonna love it.
This Louisiana Chicken Gumbo recipe came from my friend Elizabeth Cottrell. October 12 is National Gumbo Day, so naturally, I had to post this amazing recipe. And because. Chicken. Gumbo.
This Louisiana Chicken Gumbo recipe came from Elizabeth’s mother-in-law, Ellen Cottrell. Though born in Mississippi, Ellen Cottrell married a Louisiana man and lived all her married life in southwest Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun country.
Filé or Not?
Ellen used Gumbo Filé (powdered Sassafras) in her recipe, but those of us who do not live in Louisiana cannot generally find this spice in the supermarket. I left it out of my recipe because it’s hard to find locally, but you can get it online. The recipes I looked at called for varying amounts of Gumbo Filé powder. I would start with 1-2 teaspoons of it. If you add it, be sure to comment below to let us know how you liked it.
In Louisiana, they use a whole chicken and cut it up after cooking to serve a piece with each bowl. Elizabeth prefers to remove the skin and bones when the gumbo has cooled and return the meat to the gumbo. It’s so much easier to eat.
I substituted chicken Andouille sausage for the Kielbasa and I took the easy way out, using boneless, skinless chicken tenders instead of a whole chicken (which the original recipe called for). I cubed the raw chicken and sautéed it with the Andouille sausage until both were fully cooked. I added the meats into the sauce at the end when I added the peppers mixture. The recipe is terrific—a little complicated because there are multiple steps, but still fairly easy. But it’s so worth the effort.
This Chicken Gumbo doesn’t call for any seafood, a surprise to my husband Don, but he loved it. It’s also good to know not all gumbos have okra and tomatoes. I’m not fond of okra. Are you?
I know you’re gonna wanna eat this. I do!
What You Need
For this recipe you need measuring cups and spoons, a knife, cutting board, some good pans and maybe a rice cooker. But what you really want is some beautiful dinnerware, am I right?
Authentic Louisiana Chicken Gumbo Recipe
Louisiana Chicken Gumbo
- 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken tenders (diced)
- 1 lb. smoked sausage (like Kielbasa or chicken Andouille (cut into round slices)
- 6 tablespoons shortening
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 6 cups hot water
- 1 yellow onion (minced)
- 1/4 cup celery (diced)
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- 2 teaspoons Kitchen Bouquet flavoring
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1-1/4 teaspoons black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 green pepper (diced)
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 1 cup chopped green onion tops
- 3 cups cooked rice
Step 1: Meat
- In a large skillet, sauté the sausage and chicken until the chicken is cooked through (all white).
Set aside (retain the juice, same bowl is okay)
Step 2: Veggies & Spices
- Put the chopped onions and celery together in a 2-cup bowl and set aside.
- Put the green peppers, green onion tops and parsley in a 2-cup bowl and set aside.
- Put the salt, pepper, cayenne and bouillon cube in a small bowl and set aside.
Step 3: Roux
- Heat shortening on high heat in a heavy pot.
- Add flour and stir constantly until dark brown (this is a “roux” – the basis for many French dishes. It’s easy to burn, so watch it and don’t stop stirring!).
Step 4: Putting It Together:
- Add chopped onions and celery and stir until slightly wilted.
- Add water and mix well to dissolve roux.
- Add spices and Kitchen Bouquet.
- Cover and bring to steaming on high heat, then lower to simmer and continue to cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should thicken somewhat.
- Add chicken and sausage mixture (including juices) and the green pepper, parsley and onion tops mixture ten minutes before removing from heat.
- Serve very hot over hot, cooked rice.
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Recipe Nutrition Information
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