The original, purist, real-deal gumbo from a certified Cajun. Serve over cooked jasmine rice with hot French bread to dip.

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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Peel back the skin from the chicken drumsticks and breasts without removing the skin, and make several deep cuts in the chicken meat. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning into the cuts and onto the meat, then replace the skin. Whisk 1/2 cup olive oil and white wine together in a bowl. Place the chicken into a large bowl, pour the olive oil mixture over, stir to coat, and refrigerate 1 hour.

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  • Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade, and discard the marinade. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet until the oil shimmers, and brown the chicken pieces over medium heat, working in batches if necessary, about 5 minutes per side. Place all the chicken pieces into a large soup pot, and pour the broth over the chicken. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook the chicken until tender, about 20 minutes.

  • While the chicken is simmering, place the onion, green bell pepper, and celery into a skillet with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and cook and stir until the onions are transparent and the peppers have softened, about 8 minutes. Set the onion mixture aside.

  • Make a roux: mix flour and canola oil together in a nonstick pan, stirring the mixture together until smooth and lump-free. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon and scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent burning. After about 5 minutes of stirring, the roux will begin to turn a pale golden color, and gently bubble and foam. Stir the roux until it turns the color of milk chocolate and gives off a nutty fragrance, about 30 to 40 more minutes. Watch carefully because it's easy to burn the roux. Pull the pan from the hot burner, and stir until the roux cools and stops cooking, about 5 more minutes.

  • Stir the onion mixture and 1 cup of boiling water into the roux (be careful to avoid spattering), heat over medium heat until the mixture comes to a simmer, and whisk until the roux and water combine and become thick, about 10 minutes. Pour the thickened roux into the pot with the chicken, stir together, and add 9 more cups of boiling water. Season the gumbo with 2 more teaspoons of Cajun seasoning, or to taste, and bring the soup to a rolling boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.

  • Sprinkle garlic powder and cayenne pepper over the smoked sausage, and brown in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Transfer the sausage into the soup, and simmer for 30 more minutes. Remove the chicken pieces, and take the chicken meat off the bones, discarding the skin and bones. Return the chicken meat to the soup. Simmer 15 more minutes, and skim off the layer of oil that has formed on top of the gumbo.

  • While the gumbo is simmering, bring the rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Serve gumbo over hot, cooked rice with a generous sprinkling of chopped green onions over each serving.

Nutrition Facts

825 calories; 57.5 g total fat; 129 mg cholesterol; 1206 mg sodium. 31.5 g carbohydrates; 41.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
07/26/2010
I love this gumbo. I prepared as stated but just put the chicken pieces in the broth and cooked. I cleaned the bones and skin after it had cooked. I used 2 types of sausage. One was an green onion smoked sausage as well as andouie sausage and 2 lbs total. I added 1 Tsp of liquid smoke flavoring and it was fabulous. I recommend this recipe! (I tend to make it spicy so put more cayenne pepper in it as well.) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/26/2010
I love this gumbo. I prepared as stated but just put the chicken pieces in the broth and cooked. I cleaned the bones and skin after it had cooked. I used 2 types of sausage. One was an green onion smoked sausage as well as andouie sausage and 2 lbs total. I added 1 Tsp of liquid smoke flavoring and it was fabulous. I recommend this recipe! (I tend to make it spicy so put more cayenne pepper in it as well.) Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
07/26/2010
I love this gumbo. I prepared as stated but just put the chicken pieces in the broth and cooked. I cleaned the bones and skin after it had cooked. I used 2 types of sausage. One was an green onion smoked sausage as well as andouie sausage and 2 lbs total. I added 1 Tsp of liquid smoke flavoring and it was fabulous. I recommend this recipe! (I tend to make it spicy so put more cayenne pepper in it as well.) Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2010
Needed some tomatoes and something more to thicken it (I added more flour but it still wasn't thick enough). Otherwise was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2011
This is a great recipe! I added some crab meat for a lil extra kick and potatoe salad on the side..delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2010
very good!! I didn't have any cayenne pepper though so it was a little bland for gumbo. It took a long time and constant baby sitting of the roux lol I was scared to burn it. otherwise awesome and should be easier the second time around. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2010
worth all the steps for SURE. Used some really spicy andouille sausage and added file powder at the end. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2012
Just like the stuff my Mom learned to cook when she lived in New Orleans & made when I was growing up along with many other cajun favorites. Thanks Crawfish for sharing this heritage recipie from down South!:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2012
I cheated and used boneless chicken breasts and premade roux (about 8oz). I was worried the breast might come out dry but they were super moist and easy to shred I used andouille sausage (of course) and threw in a bay leaf thyme basil and some minced garlic when I threw in the sausage because I love SPICES! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2017
Absolutely delicious. The only things I did differently was use all boneless/skinless chicken thighs and omitted cutting slits into the meat prior to the marinade and I also added a bit of okra to the last 15 minutes of cooking for some thickening. Will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2017
This was phenomenal I did add some little Dutch potatoes and fresh corn Read More
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