Chicken, Sausage and Seafood Gumbo

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 12 servings

The joy of gumbo is that it welcomes most any ingredient.


You can use pre-made chicken broth, a quick stock made with the chicken that you use for the gumbo, or use half chicken and half shrimp stock. Serve over rice for a hearty one-dish meal.


Seasoning mix:
1 1/2 teaspoons each: salt, paprika, thyme leaves, garlic powder, ground black pepper, dry mustard, sugar
3/4 teaspoon each: ground cumin, white pepper, onion powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 chicken thighs
8 cups water or chicken broth
8 ounces precooked andouille sausage
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped red or green bell pepper
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 pound crab meat and shrimp (total)


  1. Combine ingredients for seasoning mix.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven. Add chicken. Sauté until browned on both sides. Remove chicken from pan to a large saucepan, reserving drippings in Dutch oven. Add 8 cups water to cover chicken and simmer 1 hour. Drain, reserving stock. Bone chicken, reserving meat.
  3. Add sausage to reserved drippings, and sauté until browned. Remove sausage, reserving drippings in Dutch oven.
  4. Add enough oil to drippings to equal about 1/2 cup. Heat and add flour 1/4 cup at a time, stirring until smooth. Cook roux, stirring constantly, until browned and a deep caramel color, 5 to 6 minutes. Add onion, pepper, celery, parsley and 2 tablespoons seasoning mix. (You’ll have about a half cup of seasoning mix left over.) Whisk well and cook 10 minutes.
  5. Add reserved stock, whisking well and cook 20 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken, sausage and seafood and cook 10 minutes.

Wine Pairing: This high-spirited bowl of fun calls for a wine with fruit and refreshment. Reach for delightfully inexpensive bottles of Riesling from Chateau Ste. Michelle, Hogue, and Columbia Crest, generally around $10 or under.—Wini Moranville, Relish wine columnist




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