Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe
This Cajun chicken and sausage gumbo recipe is made with a rich and comforting roux, loads of chicken, andouille, and plenty of Cajun seasoning.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 pound chicken thighs chopped - chicken breast is good, too
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 12 ounces andouille sliced into ¼ inch slices
- ½ cup peanut oil or vegetable oil
- ½ cup flour
- 1 medium bell pepper chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 medium celery stalk chopped
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 cup okra I used frozen
- 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning or more to taste
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 tablespoons chopped parsley + more for serving
- 1 tablespoon filé powder or to taste if desired
- For Serving: Cooked white rice if desired
Heat a pan to medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and heat.
Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to the pan along with the sliced andouille. Cook a couple minutes per side until browned. Set aside until ready to use.
Add ½ cup peanut oil to a large pot and heat to medium heat. Add flour and stir. Cook for 20-30 minutes, constantly stirring, until the roux browns to the color of chocolate.
Add peppers, onion, celery and garlic. Stir and cook about 5 minutes.
Add chicken and andouille. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
Add okra, Cajun seasoning and chicken stock. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom.
Add bay leaves and cook at medium-low heat for 1 hour to thicken. You can simmer longer if you’d like.
Stir in parsley and cook 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in filé powder, if using.
Serve into a bowl, over white rice if desired, and garnish with extra parsley.
Heat Factor: Mild, though it is HUGE on flavor with the Cajun seasonings. You can make your own spicy Cajun seasoning blends. See my recipe - Homemade Cajun Seasoning.
If you'd like a spicier version, add in cayenne powder (or a hotter chili powder) as well as spicy chili flakes. You can also add in spicier chili peppers along with the bell peppers for some additional zest factor.
Calories: 677kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 920mg | Potassium: 794mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2225IU | Vitamin C: 35.6mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3.2mg