Bang! Gumbo

Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
30 min
1 hr 10 min

Makes 1 gallon, enough for 8, with leftovers

  • 1/3 pound butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 3 tablespoons your favorite spice mix
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced
  • 14 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 pounds andouille sausage, diced
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen sliced okra
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank's Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons spice mix
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 8 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp
  • White rice, for serving

First, get the roux started, it will take about 20 minutes to cook. Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add the flour and stir often, cooking until the roux becomes a dark chocolate color.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.

Meanwhile, toss the chicken breasts in 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons minced garlic and 1 tablespoons spice mix. Grill the chicken until cooked through, taking care not to overcook and dry out the meat. Cool, dice and set aside.

In a large stockpot, saute the celery, onions, red pepper and the remaining 2 tablespoons garlic in the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, sausage, okra, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, spice mix, tomato paste, black pepper and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Add the roux and simmer 5 more minutes, stirring gently. Taste for seasonings and adjust. Add the shrimp just before serving, heating just until the shrimp are cooked through. Serve over white rice.

Cook's Notes: The gumbo is better the next day, after the flavors have had time to meld. Refrigerate gumbo overnight after seasonings are adjusted; don't add the shrimp until you are ready to heat and serve.

This recipe was provided by a professional chef or restaurant and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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