Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Chicken Gumbo

My friend, Monica, gave me this recipe several years ago, and it is GOOD! I have actually adapted it to fit our tastes and budget, but its essence is the same. The list of ingredients may look a little daunting, but it really isn’t that overwhelming to make. And, some of the ingredients are pretty versatile.

4-5 c. okra, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. salt
½ tsp. basil
½ tsp. thyme
2 (15-oz.) cans crushed tomatoes (or 1 quart)
5 c. chicken broth
1 lb. chicken (cooked & diced)
1 lb. Polish sausage (diced)
½ c. oil
4 c. cooked rice

Heat oil in skillet; add okra and cook until gummy.

Add half of the seasonings along with the onions, celery and bell pepper. Cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add half of the broth, all of the tomatoes and the remainder of the seasonings and simmer for half an hour.

Add the meat and remaining broth. Simmer additional half an hour.

Serve over rice and top with green onions, if desired.

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