Louisiana Chicken Gumbo

Authentic Louisiana Chicken Gumbo

5 from 5 reviews

Not all gumbo uses okra and tomatoes. Try this flavorful Louisiana version.


Units Scale
  • 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
  • 1/6 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

  1. In a large skillet, sauté the sausage and chicken until the chicken is cooked through (all white).
  2. Set aside (retain the juice, same bowl is okay)

Step 2: Veggies & Spices

  1. Put the chopped onions and celery together in a 2-cup bowl and set aside.
  2. Put the green peppers, green onion tops and parsley in a 2-cup bowl and set aside.
  3. Put the salt, pepper, cayenne and bouillon cube in a small bowl and set aside.

Step 3: Roux

  1. Heat shortening on high heat in a heavy pot.
  2. 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:

  1. Add chopped onions and celery and stir until slightly wilted.
  2. Add water and mix well to dissolve roux.
  3. Add spices and Kitchen Bouquet.
  4. 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.
  5. Add chicken and sausage mixture (including juices) and the green pepper, parsley and onion tops mixture ten minutes before removing from heat.
  6. Serve very hot over hot, cooked rice.


This recipe was based on Elizabeth Cottrell’s recipe.


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