Hearty Chicken, Sausage, and Shrimp Gumbo

Hearty Chicken, Sausage, and Shrimp Gumbo

Makes 6 Servings
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: About 90 minutes
*See Slow Cooker info at bottom of recipe

1 pound of Beef Kielbasa or Andouille sausage, thinly sliced
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into pieces
1 pound of frozen shrimp, cleaned and deveined, or fresh shrimp (see note)
1 pound of cut okra, fresh or frozen
1 large onion
1 cup of chopped green bell pepper
1 cup of chopped celery
3 Tablespoons of unbleached white flour
4 Tablespoons of butter
1 quart of Organic chicken broth
1-14.5 oz. can of Stewed or Diced tomatoes, pureed
1/4 cup of dry white wine
3 sprigs of thyme
3 cloves of chopped fresh garlic
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or to taste
1/2 teaspoon of gumbo seasoning
Salt to taste

Step 1.In a 3 quart or larger Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-low heat. Once butter melts, use a spatula to stir in the flour to make a roux. Continue to stir until it turns a golden brown, but do not burn. Lower heat if necessary.
Step 2. Once roux has turned golden in color, add garlic, onion, celery, and a 1/4 cup of chicken broth to roux and saute on medium heat until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.
If ingredients start sticking, add more chicken broth.
Step 3. While stirring, add wine and bring to a boil. Let boil for about a minute and reduce heat back to medium-low. Add chicken and let saute for about 3 minutes.
Step 4. Add remaining ingredients, except for cayenne pepper and shrimp, to pot and bring to a rapid boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 60-90 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste.

Note on Shrimp: If using fresh shrimp, add after about an hour and simmer for another 30 minutes. If using frozen shrimp, add about 5 minutes before serving gumbo.

Serve Gumbo over rice or add rice to the gumbo at the end.

Follow above recipe until after Step 3. After chicken is sauteed, add remaining ingredients, except cayenne pepper and shrimp, and place in slow cooker on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.


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