Creole Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

The secret to good gumbo? Starting with the perfect roux. Try my trick for oven-toasting your flour to free up your hands, time, and sanity!  

The secret to good gumbo? Starting with the perfect roux. Try my trick for oven-toasting your flour to free up your hands, time, and sanity!

Oh, gumbo. You mysterious creature.

On the surface, it seems so simple. Just chicken, vegetables, sausage, and sauce, right?

Nope. Gumbo is much more complex than the sum of its parts. The reason? The roux. (say it with me: “roo”)

Gumbo is just ALL about that roux.

The secret to good gumbo? Starting with the perfect roux. Try my trick for oven-toasting your flour to free up your hands, time, and sanity!

When I visit New Orleans, I enjoy some of the best food of my life!

One of my favorite memories of New Orleans was attending a cooking class where we learned to make crepes suzette and classic gumbo.

The main point that the instructors kept repeating was to start with a good roux. Making a good roux is a source of pride for many home cooks, as well as restaurateurs, and it can take some time to get it right.

You’re probably familiar with making a basic roux if you’ve ever made homemade macaroni and cheese, bechamel sauce, or New England clam chowder (again, ick).

Basically, you heat some fat in a pan (usually butter, but you can also use oil, bacon grease, or, my favorite, fond and meat drippings), then add flour and whisk until the raw flour taste is gone and the roux has achieved the right color.

The secret to good gumbo? Starting with the perfect roux. Try my trick for oven-toasting your flour to free up your hands, time, and sanity!

For macaroni and cheese, you only need to cook the roux until the flour has lost its raw taste, about 3-5 minutes. For gumbo (and Jambalya!) you cook the flour and fat mixture until it turns a deep brown color and the roux tastes nice and toasty. This can take about 45-60 minutes! Don’t forget, you’re supposed to be whisking almost constantly while you’re doing this.

Now, you all know how lazy I am. After 45-60 minutes of whisking roux on the stove-top I’d be hangry. We just can’t have that.

The gals at the cooking school let me in on a little secret: you can buy dark roux pre-bottled! I haven’t tried this stuff yet, but I might pick some up and keep it on hand for emergencies 😉

For those of us who don’t keep roux on-hand, there’s another option! I read about a method for toasting flour in a Good Housekeeping Cookbook I found at a garage sale, so I thought I’d try it out for making this Creole Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.

Essentially you’re just baking some flour in a skillet, then using that flour to jump-start the toasty flavor and chocolate color of dark roux. Brilliant!

The secret to good gumbo? Starting with the perfect roux. Try my trick for oven-toasting your flour to free up your hands, time, and sanity!

This gumbo recipe doesn’t include okra, but if you want to include it, just thinly slice two medium okras and add them in along with the onions, bell peppers, and other veggies.

This recipe is not nearly as complicated as it looks! When your whole house smells cozy and you take that first taste of velvety sauce, you’ll understand why gumbo is revered as a true comfort food.

Here’s the Recipe!

Creole Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Creole Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

The secret to good gumbo? Starting with the perfect roux. Try my trick for oven-toasting your flour to free up your hands, time, and sanity!

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 6 ounces Kielbasa or Andouille sausage, sliced
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth

Vegetables

  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery (with leaves), chopped

Seasonings

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optionally more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

To Finish

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (scallion)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the flour in an oven-safe skillet (cast iron works great!) and set it in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Stir the flour and bake for another 20 minutes, checking every 5-10 minutes or so, until it turns nut brown in color. Let the flour cool, then press it through a sieve to remove any lumps.
  2. While the flour is toasting, heat a 6-quart or larger Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Pat the chicken dry then add them skin-side-down to the hot pan and cook, undisturbed, for 3-5 minutes or until the chicken releases from the bottom of the pan*. Turn the chicken and brown the other side for another 3-5 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside on a plate.
  3. Add the sliced sausage to the pot and brown on one side for 3-5 minutes on one side. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the browned sausage to the plate with the chicken.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Stir the tomato paste into the chicken broth and set aside.
  5. Sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of the toasted flour into the hot fat drippings in the Dutch oven. Whisk until well combined. Repeat with remaining flour until all of it is incorporated into the fat. Allow to bubble and cook for 3-5 minutes, until it is the consistency of melted peanut butter.**
  6. Stir in the tomato paste and broth mixture. Add all the vegetables and seasonings to the pot, along with the browned chicken and sausage. Turn the heat up to high and allow the contents to come to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  7. Remove the bay leaves. Stir in the vinegar and parsley. Taste and add salt as desired.
  8. Serve with plenty of cooked rice and chopped scallions for garnish.

Notes

You may need to cook the chicken in batches if they won't fit in a single layer in your pot.
*If you like, you can continue to cook it until it achieves a darker color, another 5-10 minutes.

This recipe doesn't include okra, but if you want to include it, just thinly slice two medium okras and add them in along with the onions, bell peppers, and other veggies.

Nutrition

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270|Total Fat: 16g|Saturated Fat: 5g|Trans Fat: 0g|Unsaturated Fat: 10g|Cholesterol: 55mg|Sodium: 859mg|Carbohydrates: 18g|Fiber: 2g|Sugar: 5g|Protein: 16g|

Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

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The secret to good gumbo? Starting with the perfect roux. Try my trick for oven-toasting your flour to free up your hands, time, and sanity!

 

September 17, 2015 | Last Updated on January 18, 2021 by Linda

4 thoughts on “Creole Chicken and Sausage Gumbo”

  1. This is seriously delicious! I love this website so much! I veganised it and my partner who has spent much time in Louisiana thought the taste was totally authentic! You’re marvellous. Love Sarah from London XXX

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  2. Yummy—I was totally uninterested in a gumbo until this one without okra. Okra is nasty, slimy and reminds me of a slug trail.

    But thiss reccipe may make me a believer in cajun/creole.!

    Reply

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