Slow-Cooker Chicken & Sausage Gumbo Recipe

This simple, spicy chicken and sausage gumbo is made in a slow cooker.

Winter 2015

  • When the weather is cold, nothing could be better than coming home to a ready-to-eat meal of chicken and sausage gumbo.
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Yield: 8 servings

Slow-Cooker Chicken & Sausage Gumbo Recipe


• 1⁄2 pound smoked sausage, sliced
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 1⁄2 cup chopped green pepper
• 3⁄4 cup flour
• 3⁄4 pound chicken breast, cooked and chopped
• 1⁄2 cup chopped celery
• 1⁄2 cup finely diced tomatoes
• 8 cups water
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 bay leaf
• 1-1⁄2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
• 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
• Dash of hot sauce, or to taste, optional
• 4 cups hot, cooked rice


1. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown smoked sausage, onion and green pepper. Transfer to a bowl and keep warm.

2. Discard all but 2 tablespoons fat from skillet. Add flour, stirring constantly, to make a roux.

3. In a slow cooker, combine chicken, sausage mixture, roux, celery, tomatoes and water. Add garlic, bay leaf, Cajun seasoning, salt, thyme, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce, if using. Stir in rice.

4. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 3 to 4 hours.

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