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Healthy Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe

A traditional gumbo recipe takes hours to cook. But who wants to wait that long when you’re desperately craving a hearty bowl of spicy gumbo?Fear not! The wait is now over with this quick and simple version.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy gumbo recipe, gumbo, gumbo recipe, how to make gumbo
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 498kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 6 oz skinless boneless chicken thighs 4 medium
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt divided
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper divided
  • 5 oz okra cut into ½-inch slices
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 oz yellow onion diced
  • 1 oz celery diced
  • 1.4 oz bell pepper red and green, diced
  • 4 oz tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 4 cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 4.8 oz smoked sausage 2 links
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 3 cups cooked medium-grain rice
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped


  • Heat up 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add chicken, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Sear for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover it with aluminum foil. Allow it to cool slightly.
    step 1 gumbo recipe
  • In the same pot, add okra and cook for 3 minutes over medium heat. Once the okra is lightly browned, transfer it to a plate and set aside.
    step 2 gumbo recipe
  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil, butter, and flour. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat or until the roux has reached a dark golden brown hue; stir occasionally. Meanwhile shred the cooked chicken with a pair of forks and set aside.
    step 3 gumbo recipe
  • Add chopped onion, celery, and bell peppers to the pot. Sauté for 3 minutes over medium heat or until tender.
    step 4 gumbo recipe
  • Return okra to the pot, along with dried basil, thyme, cayenne pepper, Cajun seasoning, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper. Cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
    step 5 gumbo recipe
  • Add unsalted chicken broth, shredded chicken, smoked sausages, and bay leaf. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered.
    step 6 gumbo recipe
  • Taste and check for seasoning if needed. Remove the pot from the heat. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve with rice.
    step 7 gumbo recipe



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 962IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4mg