Chicken gumbo

Chicken gumbo

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 35 mins

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Serves 4

A low-fat Creole-inspired okra and green pepper stew with cayenne, paprika, cumin and thyme

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 heaped tbsp plain flour
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • 100g okra, cut into 2cm rounds
  • small handful sage, leaves chopped
  • crusty bread or microwave rice, to serve

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  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook in batches for about 5 mins to brown all over. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add the onion, green pepper and celery to the pan, put on the lid and cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally until softened a little. Stir in the garlic, spices, thyme and bay leaf and cook for 1 min until fragrant. Return the chicken and any juices to the pan with the flour, stirring to coat everything. Pour in the tomatoes and stock, and bring to the boil, cook for 5 mins, then add the okra and half the sage. Turn down to a simmer, put on the lid and cook for 10 mins. Then season and serve, scattering the rest of the sage over.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2013

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LJNielsen's picture
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If you are looking for an authentic Louisiana gumbo, this isn't it. It has some similar ingredients but lacks some of the principle components of a good gumbo. (Mostly the things that are the most fattening in an authentic gumbo--- which are sadly what gives gumbo it's amazing depth of flavour.) Without those components what you have here is a basic chicken and okra stew. Cajun inspired without the cajun cahones. I doubled the spices and whacked in a chopped red chili and it was still just "Okay". I like the low fat aspect of it better than I liked the dish. Shame.

lobsterpot1's picture
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I thought this was very tasty. Agree about the portions. A bit small for four servings.

owenbartley1's picture
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Dull. Wont be making this again.

angel290385's picture

oh, and I have a tonne left over =(

angel290385's picture

Despite all the ingredients, this was just a bit dull.

badzilla's picture

The ingredients amounts and weights are not sufficient for four adults. I effectively halved everything and there was little left over and I was only feeding myself! The gumbo itself was lovely, but my advice is to take care with the portions. Full recipe review and blog with photograph at

silannigan's picture
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Lovely and comforting with a nice spice to it.