Chicken, Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo Recipe

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Sundays call for stews. The kind of stew that simmers all day on the back burner while you tidy up the house, do a few loads of laundry, clip coupons, and pay bills. Stews taste best after a long successful day of errand-running and task managing. If all of your laundry is folded and put away, the stew is transcendent.

Wait, who has time to accomplish that many errands in a day? Who crosses off everything on their to-do list and has a delicious dinner on the table?

You! That’s who!

That’s right, with this easy gumbo recipe, you can have a home-cooked meal without breaking a sweat.

The trick to this speedy gumbo is pre-toasting the flour. Think of your oven as a tanning bed. The flour tans in the warm oven and turns a nice shade of Spring Break bronze.

Toasted Flour Photo

I recommend making at least 1 cup of browned flour and keep the extra on hand. Use the leftover toasted flour in other stews, gravies, and Béchamel sauces. It’s the secret ingredient you didn’t know you needed.

Another perk of this gumbo is that it doesn’t feed an army. Everyone knows gumbo get spicier with age, so leftovers are sometimes precarious.

This speedy small pot of gumbo lets you have a taste of New Orleans on your plate in two hours. Most of that time is hands-off, letting the sausage and vegetables cook in the broth, mingling with each other for optimal flavor.

While it cooks, you can grab a glass of wine and actually have a real conversation with your spouse. Imagine that.

You can make this more or less spicy, if you like, but I recommend keeping the spice for a the classic flavor! And after all, the couple that eats spicy food together, stays together.

Gumbo Photo

Chicken, Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo Recipe

Christina Lane
You’ll be shocked by how fast and easy this gumbo recipe is to make. It’s all about pre-toasted flour!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 1 serving
Calories 840.38 kcal


  • 0.25 cup Flour
  • 0.25 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 0.5 cup, chopped Onion
  • 0.5 cup chopped Celery
  • 0.5 cup, chopped Green Peppers
  • 6 ounce Smoked Sausage
  • 3 cup (8 fl oz) Boiling Water
  • 2 tablespoon Powdered Beef Base
  • 0.125 tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 0.25 tsp Black Pepper
  • 0.5 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 8 ounce Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Leaf Bay Leaf
  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 1 cup Okra frozen, sliced
  • 0.33 cup Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 5 ounce Shrimp cleaned and tailless
  • White Rice hot and cooked, for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  • Add the flour to a small cast iron skillet (or regular skillet) and toast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. It will change in color (see photo). Let it cool completely before using.
  • In a medium stock pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the flour and stir constantly. The mixture should be a copper penny color before moving to the next step. Don’t take it too far or it can burn.
  • Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, and sausage.
  • Saute for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. The onions should soften and the sausage should brown a bit. Next, add the water and next 7 ingredients. Bring to a simmer and let cook covered for 45 minutes.
  • Add the chicken breast whole and cook uncovered 20 minutes. When the chicken is done, remove it from the pot, shred the meat, then add it back to the pan. Next, add the okra and parsley and cook uncovered for 5 minutes.
  • Right before serving, add the shrimp and cook for 4-5 minutes, until the shrimp are done.  Serve over white rice.


Calories: 840.38kcalCarbohydrates: 27.81gProtein: 32.67gFat: 51.38gSaturated Fat: 3.38gSodium: 836.05mgFiber: 3.46gSugar: 3.5g
Keyword Chicken, Cooking for Couples, Dinners, Gumbo, Okra, Sausage, Shrimp, Simmering
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