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Monday, April 23, 2012

Chicken Gumbo

Serves 4-5
8 skinless chicken thighs (I use a pkg. of 6 and it serves about 3-4 adults)
1/4 c. flour
2 t. Cajun or Creole seasoning blend**
2-3 T. olive oil (or oil of choice)
1 lg. onion, chopped
1/2 c. thinly sliced celery
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (14 oz.) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (14 oz.) chicken broth
1 lg. green bell pepper, cut into 1/2 in. pieces
1/2 to 1 t. hot pepper sauce (optional--I don't use this, personally)

1. Put flour and Cajun seasoning in reclosable bag, add 2 pieces of chicken (slightly wet) at a time and shake to coat lightly. Save remaining flour/seasoning as you will need to add it later.

2. Place chicken in oil over medium heat, brown on both sides (about 2-3 min. per side), remove and set aside.

3. Saute onion, celery, garlic until tender (about 5 min.).

4. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, remaining flour/seasoning mixture and hot sauce (if using)--bring to boil.
5. Return chicken to pan, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally.  After 15 min. add green pepper and simmer another 15 min. or until chicken cooked completely.

6. Serve hot over rice or noodles. Best served in a large, shallow bowl.

**Cajun Seasoning Mix

1 T. + 3/4 t. sea salt
1 1/2 t. oregano
1 1/2 t. paprika
3/4 t. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 t. black pepper
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder

Combine all ingredients in a plastic bag and shake to mix.


  1. This sounds yummy. Is it really hot? I think Cora would like it, she loves chicken. Can you use chicken breast? Only because I already have those.

    1. I think you could use bone-in breast meat, boneless skinless, etc. and it would be roughly the same. The dark meat is a little more "moist" than the white meat, typically. If you are concerned about the spicy factor, leave out the hot sauce and just have each person add their own (if they like).

    2. Weird, that is my original post from last night. Wonder where the one I reposted today went? It didn't have the part about the chicken breasted.