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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 8
Cost: $1.5


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper chopped
  • 4 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 lb smoked sausage sliced into ½ inch slices
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 lb chicken breasts cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon gumbo file powder


  • In a large dutch oven combine oil and flour. Cook over medium heat, stir slowly and constant until a medium to dark brown roux forms. Pull up a chair, this could take about 45 minutes.
  • Add onion, bell pepper, and celery and continue to stir for 5 minutes.
  • Add sausage, salt, cayenne, and bay leaves. Cook and stir for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add water and stir to combine with roux. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
  • Season chicken with Cajun seasoning and add to the pot. Simmer for 2 hours, skimming off fat as it rises to the surface.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parsley, green onion, and file powder. Remove bay leaves. Serve over white rice in bowls.