Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with Secret to Easy Healthy Roux

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo–Secret to Simple Healthy Roux

Louisiana Cajun gumbo chicken and sausage gumbo

Healthier Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe

dry healthy roux in my CHicken and Sausage gumbo Holly Clegg's Trim and Terrific Gulf Coast Favorites Cookbook

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is a Cajun recipe favorite! When you think of Louisiana cuisine, gumbo comes to mind, and with this drizzly cold weather I was in the mood for a warm satisfying bowl of this Louisiana favorite. I went to my cookbook, Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook which  focuses on southern and Louisiana healthy easy recipes. My secret is in the healthy roux! Of course there are different kinds of gumbo, however, if you are not in a region where seafood is plentiful, this chicken sausage gumbo is the answer. I believe in eating healthy and you can even enjoy a healthy gumbo.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo – Secret is in the Healthy Roux

The secret to a good gumbo is the roux, and my secret is I use browned flour for a healthy roux.  Not only is this roux a time saver, but you get that rich nutty flavor without all the fat.  The gumbo tastes great and the roux bakes easily in the oven. I love my recipe because you can make this healthy gumbo anywhere. Would you belive this delicious gumbo is also a diabetic gumbo recipe?  Also, gumbo freezes well and did you know you can also freeze extra rice?  I have a category on my healthy food blog for your Louisiana favorite recipes.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC  Gulf Coast Favorites Cookbook

Gumbo, a Louisiana favorite, may be prepared easily and conveniently with chicken, sausage, and seasonings. A diabetic-friendly recipe with my easy healthy roux!  Gumbo is served over rice. Okra can be left out, if desired.

Makes 14 (1-cup) servings

1/2 cup all-purpose flour                                                                                              easy healthy roux in my Chicken and sausage gumbo recipe
1 pound reduced-fat sausage, sliced in 1/4-inch pieces
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
8 cups fat-free chicken broth
1 (16-ounce) package frozen cut okra or fresh cut okra
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 bunch green onions, chopped

1.  Preheat oven 400ºF.
2.  Place flour on baking sheet and bake 20 minutes.  Stir every 7–10 minutes or until  dark nutty brown color. Set aside.
3.  In large nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, stir-fry sausage over medium heat until crispy brown and set aside.  Remove any excess grease, recoat skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
4.  Add chicken and cook, stirring until starting to brown and then add onion, garlic, green pepper, and celery, cooking until tender. Stir in browned flour, stir continuously.
5.  Gradually add chicken broth, okra, thyme, cayenne, and season to taste.  Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer 30 minutes or until chicken is tender. Add sausage and green onions cooking 5 more minutes.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 160, Calories from fat (%) 11, Fat (g) 2, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 49, Sodium (mg) 550, Carbohydrate (g) 12, Dietary Fiber (g) 2, Sugars (g) 4, Protein (g) 22, Diabetic Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate, 3 very lean meat

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With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association.Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post.She consulted for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country.
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3 thoughts on “Chicken and Sausage Gumbo–Secret to Simple Healthy Roux

  1. Thanks for the recipe! I will try it! The roux is the key for making a great gumbo! And each chef might have a secret for making it!

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