Chicken Andouille Gumbo

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This delicious chicken Andouille gumbo is full of great flavors all the way from spicy to smoky. As a bonus, this recipe doesn’t require much work because rather than stirring for hours at the stovetop, the roux is baked in the oven and practically makes itself.

chicken andouille gumbo

This post was originally published on Dec. 17, 2014.

How to make chicken Andouille gumbo:

This gumbo recipe starts of course with the roux and I adapted a genius technique from Alton Brown here: instead of stirring for hours, you bake the roux in the oven.

You get the same result that you get when standing for hours at the stovetop, stirring, yawning and probably also burning yourself. It truly is genius.

Here is how it works: heat the oven to 350 degrees F., then whisk 1/2 cup peanut or canola oil and 1 cup and 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour together in a Dutch oven.

RECIPE TIP: You can make this recipe in a 3-quart Dutch oven or in any Dutch oven larger than that. I used a 3-quart here and you can see that it is almost filled to the top, so if you prefer to have more room, I recommend you use a larger one.

how to make chicken andouille gumbo step by step

Whisk the mix until smooth, then place in the oven and bake (uncovered) until it has a milk chocolate color (about 2 hours). Briefly whisk the roux every 40 minutes during this process.

how to make chicken andouille gumbo step by step

After 40 min. the roux will have an oatmeal-like consistency:

how to make chicken andouille gumbo step by step

After 80 minutes:

how to make chicken andouille gumbo step by step

Once the roux has a milk chocolate color (after about 2 hours), take it out of the oven and let it cool.

how to make chicken andouille gumbo step by step

Let the roux cool down, then transfer it to a bowl.

how to make chicken andouille gumbo step by step

Next you’re going to cook the meat and then the vegetables in the same Dutch oven you made the roux in (no need to clean it in between).

Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil and then brown 2 sliced smoked Andouille sausages (3 ounces each) and 2 medium-sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces) in it. Once the meat is browned, take it out and set it aside.

how to make chicken andouille gumbo step by step

Saute the vegetables (1/2 yellow onion (diced), 1 green bell pepper (diced) and 2 celery stalks (diced)).

how to make chicken andouille gumbo step by step

Add 2 minced garlic cloves6 cups chicken broth and then stir in the roux. Keep stirring until the mix comes to a boil and turns nice and thick. Stir in your herbs and spices: 2 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika and 1 teaspoon smoked paprika. Add the meat back in, put on the lid and let the gumbo simmer on low heat for another 30 minutes.

how to make chicken andouille gumbo step by step

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Chicken Andouille Gumbo

This delicious chicken Andouille gumbo is full of great flavors all the way from spicy to smoky. As a bonus, this recipe doesn’t require much work because rather than stirring for hours at the stovetop, the roux is baked in the oven and practically makes itself.
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken andouille gumbo, chicken gumbo
Servings: 6
Calories: 386kcal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanut or canola oil
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2 three-ounce smoked Andouille sausages, sliced
  • 2 medium-sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions:

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk oil and flour in a Dutch oven until smooth.
  • Put the Dutch oven in the oven and let the roux bake in the uncovered pot until it has a milk chocolate color (1.5 – 2.5 hours). Whisk the roux every 40 minutes. (It will be smooth at first and then take on an oatmeal-like consistency after you whisk it).
  • Let the roux cool down to almost room temperature.
  • Transfer the roux into a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat the canola oil in the Dutch oven until shimmering.
  • In two batches, add sausage and chicken and brown on all sides. Transfer into a bowl and set aside.
  • Add onion, bell pepper and celery to the pot and saute on medium heat until they start to soften. (Add more oil if you need to).
  • Add the garlic and saute until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  • Add the chicken broth, then stir in the roux and let the mix come to a boil, stirring continuously.
  • Add the bay leaves, thyme, oregano, Hungarian and smoked paprika.
  • Add the meat back in, put on the lid and simmer on low heat for another 30 minutes.
  • Serve with bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.6g | Protein: 17.5g | Fat: 24.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 1.1g | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 3mg

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10 comments

    • Nicole B. says:

      Happy New Year, Nagi! We still have a few more hours to go here. Sounds like you had a great party, if you were closer, I’d be so happy to feed you some gumbo. :)

  1. Tracee says:

    Okra? It ain’t gumbo without the okra. I sub beef smoked sausage for about 1/2 of the sausage and use a tad more seasoning. Cuts the grease and deepens the flavor even more. After making gumbo since I was about 7, the hubs walked into the kitchen and startled me and I splashed roux on my hand. The F word was screamed about a thousand times as we drove to the ER. 3rd degree burns on my right hand. Bones on four of my fingers were exposed. Flour and hot oil are DANGEROUS!!

    Ever snce, I have used the oven method. I also tried the microwave method but the oven deepens the flavor much better. Ever tried a scoop of potato salad in your gumbo? Sounds ridiculous but is soooo good!

    Penzys has a store in The Strip District in Pittsburgh. I have to drive there to get all speciality ingredients all because I met a boy in a bar and he just happened to live on a farm in western PA.

    I miss my Texas Cuisne terribly and cook A LOT just so I can get my “Texas fix.” still can’t him to grill in the winter…we are about to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary with a trip back to my greatly missed Austn!!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Third degree burns and exposed bones?? Yikes!! That sounds horrible, I hope it all recovered!

      Ah, okra… sorry I just don’t care for okra unless there is also tomato involved. :)

      I’ll try the potato salad, it actually sounds really good!

  2. Cheryl says:

    The steam! Your styling is so excellent.. perfect mound of rice. Just gorgeous! Takes me back to all our visits to New Orleans, mmm. I’m literally looking at an espresso machine as we speak.. I must have the steam!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Ah, New Orleans.. I went there for the first time last year, what a multifaceted place. Yeah, steam really adds a lot to a photo, including work – ha! By the way, I make the rice mounds by filling rice into the smallest of my glass nesting mixing bowls and turning it upside down on the food, works well every time.

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