Cajun chicken gumbo

Cajun chicken gumbo

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(91 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 6
An authentic Louisiana casserole with Creole spices, veggies, ham and a rich sauce - a one pot-with bite

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal315
  • fat11.3g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs16.5g
  • sugars3.3g
  • fibre2.6g
  • protein37.3g
  • salt2.7g
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  • 4 tbsp olive oil
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  • 5 skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunky pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped



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  • 2 celery sticks, sliced



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  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 tbsp plain flour
  • 4 tsp Cajun spice mix (or 1 each paprika, ground cumin, ground chilli and dried basil)
  • 600ml chicken stock (made with 2 stock cubes)
  • 2 green peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 300g thickly sliced ham, trimmed of any fat and diced
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
    Spring onions

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  • 2 tbsp very roughly chopped parsley



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  1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a wide casserole or big frying pan and fry the chicken for a few mins to brown. Tip out onto a plate. Add the onion to the pan with 1 tbsp more oil and fry for 5 mins until almost softened. Add the celery and fry for another 2 mins, then tip out to join the chicken. Add the remaining oil, bay leaves and flour to the pan and cook into a paste. Carry on cooking, stirring constantly (with a splash of water if you need), until golden brown, then stir in the spices for 2 mins.

  2. Gradually stir in the stock until smooth and saucy. Return the chicken and veg to the pan, along with the peppers, cover and simmer gently for 15 mins. Stir in the ham, cover and simmer gently for 10 mins more. Check for seasoning, then serve, sprinkled with the spring onions mixed with the chopped parsley.

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20th Jan, 2020
I will most definitely be making this again a big hit and enjoyed by all. I also struggled with the flour and oil stage as very dry but continued by reverting to the classic way of making a sauce by adding the stock a little at at time so avoided any lumps. Thumbs up.
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Craig Comery
5th Feb, 2019
Absolutely lovely, swapped the ham for prawns and the whole family loved it
25th Jan, 2019
Everybody loved this but I spent 20 mins cooking the roux that was supposed to turn golden brown - also had to add loads of liquid to make it workable, gave up in the end and just carried on with recipe. Maybe heat wasn't high enough but I didn't want to burn it. Other than that I adapted it by using Quorn pieces and veg stock and left out the ham, served it with coconut rice. Good freezable recipe and would make again.
13th Nov, 2018
Y'all, my Cajun Poppa is rolling over in his grave! I wouldn't mind so much if you hadn't called it an "authentic Louisiana" but you did and it is anything but! The deep flavor in a gumbo comes from a rich and highly developed roux. That happens when you cook equal parts fat and flour into a liquid base. For a gumbo, you want a milk chocolate colored roux, which you can achieve by stirring the fat/flour mixture slowly over a low/medium heat for 15 minutes or so. Then you add your "holy trinity"- chopped onion, celery and green pepper. Next, your meat, usually pulled chicken (not just breast - I like to use leftovers from a roast chicken) and smoked sausage. (In the UK, polish smoked sausage is a good substitute). Finally, add your stock and bay leaves and simmer for as long as you can. Oh, and NEVER add chili or cumin. Buy Cayenne, perhaps some garlic salt or paprika, and don't over spice. With all that said, Gumbo is a paupers' dish, so you can add whatever meat and veg you want, but if you want "authentic Louisiana gumbo," you have to start with a roux and the trinity!
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Pete Witcomb
17th Nov, 2019
This works a treat, I have done this several times now, and again this coming Friday for some friend. Thanks for the recipe.
9th Oct, 2017
Make this regularly. I add potatoes to the pot while it's cooking just to give it a bit more bulk. Family request it frequently!
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14th Jun, 2017
A great one pot recipe, I batch cook this every month. Love it.
Tim Hibberd
6th Mar, 2017
Again, far more liquid required. And fried the ingredients in a frying pan then transferred to a saucepan to finish the cook. Having mine with mashed sweet potato. But would have added so sliced chillies with the final garnish is I had some
17th Feb, 2017
I really like one-pot cooking, and this was fantastic! I served it with coconut rice, really good.
R knight
11th Oct, 2016
Thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family, used the helpful tip and mixed the flour with water for the paste. Added garlic and used leeks instead of celery. Served with rice.


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Trevor Phillips
17th Sep, 2019
I can only see two steps to how to cook it
goodfoodteam's picture
19th Sep, 2019
This recipe has been divided into two parts but don't worry, all you need to know is there!
cueball1069's picture
31st Jul, 2019
maybe I'm missing it but where does it say to add the Cajun spice?
goodfoodteam's picture
3rd Aug, 2019
Thanks for your question. You add it at the end of step 1 where it says 'stir in the spices for 2 mins.'
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Hilma Murray
5th Nov, 2019
Nice recipe. Made a few modifications. Fry chicken first. Remove from pan. Then fry onions and celery. I also added 2 cloves crushed and chopped garlic at this stage. Melt down for about a minute. Place chicken back in pan with the veg. Add the spices. Keep stiring for about 2 minutes. Remove everything from the pan. This is where I added my flour and liquid slowly. Making a sauce which you will have to add more liquid to get the correct consistency. I also added a swig of red merlot to give a bit of body. Replaced ham with a salty gammon which I cooked from scratch a few days earlier add peppers . Simmer for about 5 minutes, add spring onions. Give another 5 minutes. Garnish with Parsley. It was lovely
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2nd Apr, 2018
Missing out the celery in the recipe you miss out of an important veg in Cajun cooking When used in sauces as a building block celery is used to provide flavour. These flavours come from terpenes which provide aromas of citrus, pine, and (to me) grass, as well as a pleasing bitterness. Other flavours are provided by phthalides, which celery shares with walnuts. So if you wish to exchange celery use a crushed walnut instead!
1st Mar, 2017
Use a dark rougx and smoked meat.
7th Feb, 2015
If the lumps in the sauce are too small to get rid of, you can always use a handheld blender, just make sure you keep adding stock as the flour will still be cooking out.
18th Nov, 2014
2 stock cubes are WAY too much. I followed the recipe and used two - it tasted of stock cube and not much else. It's a good recipe, so I'd still recommend it, but I'd say use 1 stock cube and then add a second one if needed at the end.
19th Oct, 2013
Followed the recipe but sieved the flour small amounts at a time, no lumps. Loved the flavours, will be making again soon.
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