Chicken Gumbo

Mardi Gras Meal – Chicken-Andouille Gumbo

chicken-gumbo-lA symbol of Creole cooking, gumbo is a staple in homes and restaurants across Louisiana. Andouille sausage and filé powder make this recipe a classic and, as in any good gumbo, a deep, rich roux thickens the stew.


1 1/2 gallons water
1 (4-pound) chicken, cut up
5 bay leaves
5 parsley sprigs
3 whole garlic cloves
1 pound andouille or smoked sausage, diced
2 medium onions, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large celery rib, chopped
3 tablespoons minced garlic
4 chicken bouillon cubes
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon filé powder
Hot cooked rice


Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil in a large stockpot; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Remove chicken, reserving broth. Skin, bone, and coarsely chop chicken; set aside. Pour broth through a wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl, discarding solids. Measure 1 gallon broth, and return to stockpot. Add sausage and next 5 ingredients; simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat; gradually whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, until flour is a dark caramel color (about 20 minutes). Stir into sausage mixture, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Stir in chicken, salt, and red and black pepper; simmer, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes. Skim off fat.

Stir in green onions and parsley; simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in filé powder. Serve over hot cooked rice with hot sauce, if desired.

from Southern Living