Chicken Gumbo

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

If your spice rack is fully stocked, you can throw this together with ease. One ingredient you might not have is okra; it helps to thicken the gumbo. It’s increasingly available in supermarkets fresh, but frozen works just fine. I like to serve my gumbo over rice to soak up the delicious broth.

Serves4 to 6



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe CourseMain Course

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Gluten-free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free


Taste and TextureHot & Spicy, Meaty, Savory, Spiced

Type of DishChicken Soup, Hot Soup, Soup


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • One 10-ounce package frozen sliced okra, thawed (about 1½ cups sliced)
  • 2 links andouille sausage or any seasoned cooked sausage, such as chorizo (2 to 3 ounces), diced
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups tomato juice


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add the thyme, oregano, salt, bay leaves, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard, cayenne, and black pepper and stir to coat. Cook for 1 minute, until the spices are fragrant. Add the okra, sausage, broth, and tomato juice and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaves before serving.


  1. Total Time: 29 minutes

  2. Prep time: 10 minutes

  3. Active cooking time: 9 minutes

  4. Walk-away time: 10 minutes

  5. Make it a meal kit: Mix together the dried spices, dice the sausage, and chop the vegetables. Store each of the components in sealable containers or plastic bags, the spices for up to 2 weeks at room temperature and the sausage and chopped vegetables for up to 4 days in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer. When ready to finish the meal, cook the vegetables (no need to thaw them first) and proceed as directed.

  6. Bank a batch: Make a double batch of the soup and store in a sealable container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or in the microwave for 4 to 6 minutes on LOW. Reheat in a large saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave for a few minutes on HIGH.

  7. Have it your way: For a New Orleans-style shrimp gumbo, substitute 1¼ pounds peeled, deveined, and cooked medium shrimp for the chicken.

  8. Slow cook it: Combine all the ingredients in a medium to large slow cooker and mix well to combine. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.


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