Thursday, May 7, 2009

Half hour chicken gumbo

For all you purists out there, I will acknowledge that this chicken gumbo is not exactly traditional. However, it’s quite delicious considering it only takes half an hour to make!

This recipe starts with a quick roux of oil and flour. Once the roux has started to darken, red peppers, garlic, onions and oregano are added. The next step is to add some water, sliced sausage, frozen okra and cooked shredded chicken. The roux thickens the liquid and adds complexity to the stew.

As always, I made a few changes to the original recipe. I used chicken stock instead of water, and added about a tablespoon of tomato paste and a few dashes of hot sauce. These extra steps don’t take any more time, but added a lot of flavor.

Like I said before, you may not find this version of gumbo in New Orleans, but don’t let that deter you. I typically serve this with rice, but you could also bake some cornbread to go alongside.


61 comments:

Lisa said...

Great idea! I love quick meals.

Claudia said...

I love gumbo and I love how fresh this looks. And quick too - perfect.

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

one word: amazing!!

haleysuzanne said...

Delicious. I make a gumbo very similar to this, but I use chorizo for a deep, smoky flavor. I take a little bit longer - maybe 45 minutes to an hour - but it's certainly low-impact cooking. I love what you do here!

Selba said...

What a nice chicken gumbo!

Pearl said...

ooh i've never had gumbo.. but yours looks so colorful!

Cheryl said...

Man that looks delish and I can imagine how good it tastes!

finsmom said...

I cant wait to try this - it sounds great! Love your great recipes!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow simple and yum...

Elra said...

Still look really delicious Sara, in fact it look fresher then the original Gumbo.

Cakebrain said...

I'm always looking for a fast meal. Looks yummy!

LaDue & Crew said...

Since I've never had Gumbo, I'll have to try this! A definite plus being it takes only 30 minutes!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This looks really good! That's what I call "Fastfood"!

Cheers,

Rosa

Donna-FFW said...

I LOVE quick meals like this.. was wondering though, any suggestions on substituting the andouille.. my husband hates it.. kielbasa or can you think of something else that might work? Id like to try this.

Jamie said...

Perfect! Who always has the time to make a full-fledged gumbo? This look great!

Julia said...

I actually like the "quick" version better. It's so bright and fresh... yum!

Jeph said...

Yum! That looks much brighter and fresher than gumbo that cooks all day (don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking the authentic stuff!!).

I found a technique for making the browned flour roux WITHOUT having to slow cook the flour in the fat for a long time, constantly stirring, hoping it doesn't burn, etc. You can dump a bunch of flour on a sheet pan and bake it in the oven at the lowest temp possible (175-200F) for 2-5 hours - depending on how low your oven is, how much flour you have, etc. Get it dark brown - like the color you'd want to see used in your gumbo. The house'll smell a bit scorchy, but you can make up a large batch of this, store it in the freezer, and then add spoonfuls as needed to thicken your next batch of gumbo. Lower fat, full'a flavor, and less time!

Cathy said...

So simple and great! I love okra.

teresa said...

Mmm, this looks so good, I've never had gumbo.

lisaiscooking said...

A quick gumbo sounds great! It looks delicious too. I can't that's frozen okra. It looks so fresh and perfect.

Happy cook said...

Now i know what chicken gumbo is, i had no idea what it was when i read the title.
Looks really delicious.

stephchows said...

I love quick subs for slow cooking foods :) Sometimes you just don't have that much time to spend!

Sophie said...

MMMMMM...I adore a good gumbo!!
I have an American cookbook & I have tested several recipes but yours looks so excellent! Delish!!!

Fearless Kitchen said...

This is a great idea. I think a lot of people are put off making their own gumbo because of the time - this should solve that problem nicely!

Bridgett said...

Wow, look at those colors, this looks and sounds delicious! Nothing wrong with a delicious quick meal.

5 Star Foodie said...

The gumbo looks delicious and colorful and it's amazing that it only takes a little time to make! Excellent!

Sara said...

Donna - Kielbasa will definitely work.

Jeph - Great idea, thanks for the tip!

Lisaiscooking - Frozen okra is surprisingly good, and much less slimy than the fresh version.

Debbie said...

What a great idea...I would love this with a large chunk of bread!!

Dawn said...

LOL I was thinking the 1/2 hour meant something to do with cocktail hour! Where is my brain at? LOL Love that photo though.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Beautiful! Looks great to me and I love the time saving involved.

The Duo Dishes said...

Nothing wrong with a quick fix like this. If it's good, it works!

girlichef said...

It's so pretty...and of course I love quick meals :) Great flavor all packed into this beautiful dish...I will be trying this one.

pigpigscorner said...

I've never had this dish...sounds yummy with rice!

oneshotbeyond said...

looks fresh and sounds simple. Lovely idea!

The Blonde Duck said...

This is my type of gumbo. Quick, tasty and not an alligator (shudder) in sight.

Lynda said...

I haven't made gumbo before, so I wouldn't know if it was a true, traditional dish or not. But this gumbo looks delicious and so healthy! Yummy!

Allison Lemons said...

Whenever I make gumbo it takes hours, so I really don't do it often. I can't wait to try this version - quick, easy, and delicious I am sure. I love your photos, the okra especially looks so vibrant!

Diana said...

Looks perfect -- and I bet it is absolutely delicious with some brown rice (even some that was made the day before)! ;)

Reeni♥ said...

It's a rainbow of gorgeous colors and ingredients. Looks great!

noble pig said...

Colorful and easy...what else do we need! Perfect.

ivorypomegranate said...

This has definitely inspired me for dinner tonight

Helene said...

Wow, you made an amazing meal.

Kerstin said...

What a pretty chicken gumbo - it looks super flavorful! Dinner in half an hour is always a huge plus!

Ana Powell said...

Hi Sarah
Loved your chicken gumbo version, fantastic and looks fabulous
Fantastic photo.
Have a great weekend x

Sarah said...

Delicious and quick, I love it!

Talita said...

Hi, Sarah! I do love colorful dish!

Passionate Eater said...

Gumbo made in half an hour is my kind of gumbo, and I lived in New Orleans!

burpandslurp said...

wow! a half-hour gumbo? awesome! this looks SO flavorful and healthy and fresh!

Tyrone said...

Any day you can have okra is a good day! Great picture!

Jan said...

I can't believe this only took half an hour, looks and sounds delish.

Chef Fresco said...

Looks great! I love gumbo!

Maris said...

This looks SO fresh and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn Jung said...

Gumbo in 30 minutes? I am SO there! ;)

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Sara, thanks for making gumbo healthy. I love New Orleans cuisine but some of the dishes are very rich.
Sam

Penny said...

The gumbo looks great! Have not been back to New Orleans since the hurricane. Missing the beignets and gumbo.

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Great pic! It looks so fresh and healthy!

ttfn300 said...

oh my, that looks SO tasty :)

Jude said...

Traditional or not, if it's ready in 30 minutes then I'm all for it.

Cakelaw said...

Yum! I don't mind whether this is traditional or not - it looks delicious!

Chef E said...

I ran out of room scrolling down the comments page, and off the desk :)

Your gumbo looks fabulous! The colors are so clear and vibrant!

legslikewhoa said...

this looks so yummy! i've never liked traditional gumbo, so i would be willing to try this version.