CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE GUMBO

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Olive Oil  (canola oil)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 whole fryer chicken
2 Hillshire Farm Hot Smoke sausage sliced
2 cups onion chopped
2 cups green bell pepper chopped (you can use other colors too)
2 cups celery chopped
1/2 cup sliced green onion
4 Bay leave
2 tablespoon chicken powder
8 cups water
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (16 oz) cut Okra
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning (Tony’s Chachere’s)

 

 

GARNISH:
Chopped parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste
Hot Sauce  (if you like it more spicy)
SERVED over rice

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large pot add the whole chicken and cover with enough water that it covers the chicken. Took me about 8 cups of water. Cook for about 45 minutes.
  2. In another POT….. heavy Dutch oven, combine flour and oil until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir about 10 minutes more, or until mixture is reddish-brown.
  3. Next, add the chopped onion, celery, okra, bay leaves, green onion and green pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 mins.
  4. Add the sliced sausage.
  5. Then add the whole COOKED chicken and broth to the pot of roux and the cooked veggies. Add the chicken powder, garlic powder, salt, cajun seasoning, pepper, and  dried oregano.
  6. Turn the heat to low and continue to simmer for a minimum of 30 mins, but the longer you simmer the better the flavor.
  7. Keep the lid on for long term cooking, if you take the lid off too often you might need to add more water.
  8. Serve over rice (don’t serve the bay leaves) garnish with chopped parsley and green onions. ADD HOT SAUCE if you like it SPICY  like me. 

 

okra and sausage that I used

 

Just added the COOKED whole chicken and broth.

 

 

Once you add everything into the POT and cook for another 30 minutes.

 

SIDE NOTE:  I had to change pot because once I added the COOKED whole chicken to all the cooked veggies…the pot was over flowing…so MAKE SURE you have the right POT that is BIG ENOUGH 🙂

***The chicken will be very tender so you can just shredded the meat from the chicken before you put it in the pot of cooked veggies.

***I added the chicken powder because I didn’t use the chicken broth from the can or carton. So, if you use the chicken broth from the can or carton..you can omit the chicken powder.