Kielbasa and Chicken Gumbo

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Quick Facts

Servings: 10
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Total: 1 hr. 50 min.
Looking for the perfect gumbo recipe? Well, look no further. This Creole specialty is sure to delight the senses.


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 lb kielbasa, or smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1/2 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 12 oz can tomato juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes, cut up
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups okra, sliced or 10 oz package frozen cut okra, thawed
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 lb shrimp, medium, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp file powder, (optional)
  • cooked rice, (optional)


  • In a Dutch oven cook bacon until crisp; remove. Drain and crumble on paper toweling; set aside. Cook kielbasa and chicken in hot bacon drippings until chicken is browned. Remove kielbasa and chicken, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings in Dutch oven.
  • Add flour to drippings; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 12-15 minutes or until a reddish-brown roux forms.
  • Gradually stir in tomato juice and water. Add tomatoes and bouillon, stirring well. Add kielbasa, chicken, tomato sauce, okra, onion, green pepper, bay leaves, salt, red pepper and allspice; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves. Stir in file powder and bacon; mix well. Serve over hot cooked rice, if desired.
Recipe courtesy of the National Pork Board

Ingredient Note: File powder is an integral part of Creole cooking. The seasonings is made in part from the dried ground leaves of the sassafras tree and has a woodsy flavor similar to root beer.

Serving Suggestion: Adjust seasonings for your family and serve over a bed of hot cooked rice and with a sweet cornbread.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 369
  Calories from Fat 195 (53%)
(34%)Total Fat 22g
(37%)Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
(42%)Cholesterol 126mg
(54%)Sodium 1287mg
(26%)Potassium 909mg
Total Carbohydrate 19g
(17%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 8g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(51%)Protein 26g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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