New Year Sausage & Andouille Gumbo…Kind of Healthy

Gumbo is a warm and comforting food during the cold days of January.  Of course, I, like so many others, indulged a bit during the weeks between Thanksgiving and…well…now, and I’m ready for a little detox.  So I’m making this rich gumbo a bit healthier than your average and maybe a bit more delicious too.

This recipe started with a visit to Nola Cuisine.  The gumbo posted there is delish.  I made it a little healthier by cutting back on the fat and salt.  I also crafted my own Creole Seasoning using a little more of what I love and cutting out some of what I don’t.

On the subject of spice…this is hard to quantify because it is quite subjective.  The amount of spice can also vary depending on the spice in your andouille sausage.  You’re going to have to use your judgement based on your audience.  When I modified the recipe, I cut back on the spice by about a third.  To my palate, my gumbo is spicy, but not too spicy.  Still, you will need a beverage while you eat it, preferably something a little sweet like beer or soda.  If you are particularly spice sensitive, you may want to cut back on the cayenne or even leave it out.  Even without the cayenne, the gumbo is still spicy. However, if you like your gumbo really hot, you can add even more cayenne to your Creole Seasoning and/or spice it up with hot sauce when it is done.  Be aware that the spice builds as it cooks.  However, once the gumbo is fully cooked, it begins to mellow.  This gumbo may be even better on the second or third day.

Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo

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  • 1/3 cup Creole Seasoning, divided (see below)
  • 5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/3 cup vegetable 0il
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 9 oz. andouille sausage, skin removed and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 6 Cups cold Chicken Stock
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • hot sauce to taste
  • kosher salt to taste, if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons fresh italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • Creole Boiled Rice
  • Fresh French Bread

CREOLE SEASONING (makes close to 2/3 cup)

  • 5 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less or none depending on your spice tolerance)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

Makes about 6 servings.

Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the Creole Seasoning. Coat the chicken thighs in oil and use the rest of the Creole Seasoning (2-3 tablespoons) to coat the chicken thigh.

Bake the chicken thighs in a 350-400 degree oven until brown (about 15-20 minutes). BTW, these chicken thighs are fabulous just like that. If you don’t have time for gumbo, but want a delicious baked chicken, you can just eat the chicken with the rice.

Mix the onion, celery, and bell pepper together. This mixture is called “The Holy Trinity”.

Heat the oil in a dutch oven or heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and continue to cook, stirring or whisking often until it is a milk chocolate color and smells nutty. This takes about 10-20 minutes. SAFETY TIP: Do not, under any circumstances, touch the roux. It looks innocent because it isn’t simmering or boiling, but it will burn you in a nanosecond. You’ve been warned.

Add the andouille sausage (I used chicken andouille today because I’m being all “healthy”), 1 tablespoon of the creole seasoning, and 1 1/2 cups of the Holy Trinity.

Cook, stirring often, for about ten minutes or until the vegetables soften.

Add the cold stock, the remaining 1/2 cup of The Trinity, the remaining 2 tablespoons of Creole Seasoning, garlic and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then down to a simmer.  Add the baked thighs and let it simmer covered for 2+ hours, stirring occasionally.

About 10-15 minutes before you’re ready to serve, break up the chicken with the back of a spoon.  Add the worcestershire sauce and 1/2 of the green onions.  Add additional salt, if needed (My gumbo didn’t need it).

Serve with Creole Boiled Rice and/or Crusty French Bread.

Garnish with green onions, fresh Italian parsley and hot sauce (to taste).

Yum Yum Yummmm.  I do love gumbo!

14 Comments

  1. I’ve been on the lookout for a good gumbo recipe lately and
    it looks like I found it. Thanks!

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  2. Mmm I was just telling my husband that I’m craving a nice
    gumbo. Will definitely use this as an inspiration.

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  3. This literally made my mouth water.

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  4. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by gumbo… but this looks so good I may just have to brave it.

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    • OMG. It is so easy! You should definitely give this a try. The only semi-challenging thing is deciding when the roux is done. Just watch it and be patient and when it is a nice brown proceed with the rest of the recipe.

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  5. You’re funny… I think the chicken sausage would make me feel “all healthy” too. This looks good–like it’d stick to your ribs. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I made this tonight for family, with a couple (mostly unintentional) alterations… it turned out FANTASTIC! The chicken /was/ good enough to be eaten on its own, too… definitely snagged a bit before dumping it in! It really wasn’t a complicated recipe, despite tasting great and looking gorgeous!

    I also made the suggested rice – wow! I don’t think I knew rice made at home could taste that good… <3

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    • It’s hard for me to express how ridiculously excited I get about comments like this one. I’m thrilled that your family enjoyed this for dinner. I love this recipe too and make it a little too frequently for my 4-year old, but the rest of my family is a fan! Best, H

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  7. My daughter’s 5th birthday in Mardi Gras weekend and for her party she requested gumbo… this is the recipe I am using. Thank you!!! It looks wonderful!

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    • That’s great! You know your daughter better than anyone, but my own almost 5-year old thought this was too spicy, so I would advise you to be very careful with the amount of cayenne that you use. Because the andouille is already spicy, you could even leave out the cayenne and add more spice at the end for the adults. Let me know how it turns out! – H :)

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  8. Do you let it simmer covered or uncovered? Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  9. The Creole seasoning says it totals 1/3 cup, but I’m adding it up and getting almost 2/3 cup. Is there a typo (tablespoon vs teaspoon) in the recipe? Or do you only use half of this mixture? I used it all and it came out great, but was just wondering.

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    • Hi TJ,
      I think the ratios are roughly correct, so I have corrected the overall amount that it makes. Thanks for pointing this out.
      - H

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