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Recipe: Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

Sunday is the perfect day for some comfort food.

When I was in New Orleans, I tried a chicken and andouille sausage gumbo that was delicious. I had a similar dish just recently while visiting family out in California and when we returned home I decided that I needed to have a gumbo recipe as part of my own repertoire.

I was frankly, surprised at the ease of the recipe that I pulled together, not to mention the delicious taste! This made a lot of gumbo – enough for six to enjoy for dinner and still have lots of leftovers.

If you want to make this a little spicier, add between 2 Tbs. And ¼ cup of Tabasco sauce with the vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. Olive oil
  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ lbs. andouille sausage, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 qt. Chicken broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups cooked white rice

Directions

  1. Preheat a large heavy pot over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan, with 1 lb. of the diced chicken and half the sausage. Season with salt and pepper. Brown on all sides.
  2. Transfer chicken and sausage to a dish and repeat with remaining meats. Transfer to dish.
  3. Add butter, pepper and onions to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add flour and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Slowly stir in the broth and bring liquid up to a boil.
  6. Add chicken and sausage, to the boiling broth, and then stir in the tomatoes. Bring back to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  7. Simmer for 5 minutes to combine flavors
  8. Serve gumbo over a scoop of the cooked white rice in bowls.

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