Cajun Chicken, Prawn, & Sausage Gumbo
Cajun Gumbo is what I call Louisiana in a bowl. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser and its one of those dishes which gets more delicious with time as all the spices, vegetables and seafood marry together.
Gumbo can be just chicken and sausage or seafood only or any combination you choose.
- Prep Time20 min
- Cook Time45 min
- Total Time1 hr 5 min
- Seasoning Mix:
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp white pepper
- 2 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp sweet basil
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2-3 bay leaves
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (more to increase the heat)
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 500 g deboned chicken thighs cubed /chicken wings or breast
- 150 g smoked polish sausage sliced
- 250 g lump crab meat / whole crabs
- 500 g prawns ( 3-4 per person)
- 150 g onions chopped
- 150 g green bell pepper chopped
- 150 g celery chopped
- 150 g okra sliced
- 75 g flour
- 3 Tbsp oil
Mix spices together to make seasoning mix.
Season chicken with 1 tsp seasoning mix.
In heavy skillet heat oil on high heat. Whisk in flour to make roux. Continue whisking until medium to dark brown colour. Add onions, celery, bell pepper and okra. Fry for two minutes, reduce heat to medium.
Add chicken when vegetables are tender and cook for 5 minutes. Add half stock and seasoning mix. Add sausage. Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes. Add crab and prawns. Cover and turn off heat until seafood is poached, about 6-10 minutes. Garnish with green onions before serving.
Serve on a bed of rice. (1/3 cup rice surrounded by 1 cup gumbo) Add a bit of coriander to gumbo… it’s the Trini in me!
Tips: We love okra, and if you do too, then add a lot more than is listed in the recipe. A 100-gram serving of okra contains only 30 calories and zero saturated fats and cholesterol. It is high in soluble and insoluble fibre. The fibre in okra has been linked to several benefits, such as optimal digestive function, low cholesterol levels, reduced heart disease risk, and weight management. Because fibrous foods are more challenging to digest, you’ll feel more satiated when you eat them.
Okra is packed with nutrients such as vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin A and vitamin K as well as the minerals iron, calcium, manganese, and magnesium.