Gumbo With Chicken and Smoked Sausage

Gumbo with Chicken and Sausage
Gumbo with Chicken and Sausage. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 2 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 8 to 10 Servings
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This tasty gumbo is made with smoked sausage and diced chicken, along with Creole seasonings and vegetables.

For a thicker gumbo, offer a little file powder at the table for sprinkling over the soup. 

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup​ all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound spicy ​smoked sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 2 to 4 cloves​ garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons​ Creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon​ chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 2 quarts​ chicken broth
  • 2 cups sliced fresh or​ frozen okra*
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • salt, to taste
  • Optional: file powder

How to Make It

  1. To make roux, heat oil in saucepan. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until flour turns a dark brown. Be careful not to burn. Set aside. ( How to Make a Louisiana Roux )
  2. In another saucepan, saute sausage, onions, green and red bell peppers, and celery in butter for approximately 10 minutes; add tomatoes. Stir in roux and seasonings and let simmer for 20 minutes. Slowly stir in chicken broth and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  1. If using okra, add it the last 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Adjust with water or chicken broth to taste.
  3. Add the diced cooked chicken; heat through.
  4. Serve over hot cooked rice. Makes about 1 gallon.

Serves 8 to 10.

* If you choose not to use okra, offer file powder at the table to help thicken the soup.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 443
Total Fat 32 g
Saturated Fat 8 g
Unsaturated Fat 16 g
Cholesterol 74 mg
Sodium 701 mg
Carbohydrates 18 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 22 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)