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    Simple Chicken Gumbo

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    1 hr 10 mins

    35 mins

    35 mins

    Cocinero's Note:

    My mother taught me this simple authentic gumbo. This is how her mother made it in poverty stricken Cajun Country. It is very simple and tastes excellent.

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    1. 1
      Heat oil in large pot and add flour to make a roux. Make the roux as dark as you can without burning it, or yah yah in cajun country. (approx 25 minutes cook time).
    2. 2
      Add the chopped onions when roux is ready, stir for about a minute, then add the water.
    3. 3
      Add chicken, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, and simmer until chicken is very tender.
    4. 4
      Serve in a bowl over cooked white rice.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 22, 2012


      I am amazed at how good this is. I was looking in my pantry thinking "I have absolutely nothing to make" and I was WRONG! A few years back, I even looked up a highly-rated gumbo recipe and went out and bought a gigantic list of ingredients-- and it wasn't nearly as good as this one!

      I did, however, make a few adjustments:
      1- the dark brown roux was awesome-- I was almost concerned that I burned it, but that brown (like gravy sauce) color makes the most wonderful flavor!
      2- after the 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 flour roux, I added only ONE large yellow onion ( you know, the cheap kind), chopped. I stirred this for two minutes.
      3- I added 6 cups of Chicken Broth (you know, little bouillon cubes in hot water? CHEAP) instead of just water to this base.
      4- I then added a can of carrots and peas, and what was left of a small frozen bag of corn (what was in the pantry/left in the freezer-- CHEAP)
      5- I cut up chicken tenderloins-- I grabbed a handful from the freezer, defrosted them, and then added the chicken and chicken juices (from defrosting in a plastic bag).
      6- I added "Cajun Seasoning". I've had this little seasoning for years and have put it on baked chicken, added it to salads- but adding it early here made the flavor AMAZING. It was a dollar at Kroger (Fred Meyer). I just shook in a bit and let it stew with everything else. (it's salt, chili, red pepper, garlic, onion, paprika from the ingredients label. that and preservatives. yum).
      7-As I am paranoid about under-cooking chicken, I brought this mix to medium-high and stirred every five minutes- for 35 minutes (the time a website told me you had to cook chicken thoroughly).
      8- Someone I dated once added slices of pear to his jambalaya about 10 minutes before serving (someone was trying to get laid!), but it added a sweetness to the savory sour mix that is irreplaceable. I had leftover cut-up small green apple slices and added three for the last 5-7 minutes.
      AMAZING. I poured a spoonful over brown rice and had three servings. Thank you for the recipe! I LOVED it!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Simple Chicken Gumbo

    Serving Size: 1 (638 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1165.9
    Calories from Fat 563
    Total Fat 62.6 g
    Saturated Fat 13.6 g
    Cholesterol 172.5 mg
    Sodium 762.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 94.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
    Sugars 3.2 g
    Protein 51.5 g

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