CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE GUMBO
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)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Hot Sauce (if you like it more spicy)
SERVED over rice
- 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.
- 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.
- Next, add the chopped onion, celery, okra, bay leaves, green onion and green pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 mins.
- Add the sliced sausage.
- 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.
- Turn the heat to low and continue to simmer for a minimum of 30 mins, but the longer you simmer the better the flavor.
- Keep the lid on for long term cooking, if you take the lid off too often you might need to add more water.
- 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.
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.