Commander's Kitchen Gumbo Ya Ya

15 reviews, 4.9 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 4 hours

Spicy and hearty! A New Orleans tradition!

I sometimes subsitute chicken breast and a low fat andouille for a leaner version.

Fil Powder is ground sassafras leaves and can be found at most major super markets in the spice or gourmet section


1 large roasting chicken; cut intoserving-sized pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper; to taste
3/4 Cup all-purpose flour; sifted, plus extra for dusting
3/4 Cup Vegetable oil
3 large onions; medium diced
7 stalks celery; medium diced
4 bell peppers; medium diced
12 cloves garlic; peeled and minced
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper; or to taste
pinch Dried Oregano
pinch Dried basil
pinches Dried thyme
4 Bay Leaves
10 Cups chicken broth; or water
1 1/2 pounds andouille; sliced 1/4" thick, or other smoked sausage
1 tablespoon hot sauce; to taste
1 tablespoon Fil Powder
boiled rice; enough
3 green onions; thinly sliced (garnish)

Original recipe makes 12



Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and dust it with flour. Shake off excess flour. Heat the oil in a large, heavy, dry pot over high heat until it reaches its smoking point, about 3 minutes. Sear the chicken in the hot oil until it is golden brown, about 5 minutes on the first side and 4 minutes on the second. Remove the chicken from the pot.

When the oil has returned to the smoking point, make a roux by slowly adding the flour to the oil, stirring constantly over high heat with a wooden spoon until the roux is the color of milk chocolate, about 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the pot as you stir. Be careful not to burn the roux; if black spots appear, you will need to start over. When the roux has reached the desired color, add the onions and cook for 1 minute. Add the celery and cook for 30 seconds. Add the bell peppers, scrape the bottom of the pot, and cook for 1 minute. Add the garlic, cayenne, oregano, basil, thyme, and bay leaves, and season with more salt and pepper. Slowly add the broth, stirring constantly to avoid lumps of roux. Add the chicken and the sausage, stir, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 2 1/2 hours, skimming away any excess fat from the surface of the gumbo. When the meat falls off the bones, remove the skin and bones from the pot. If necessary to get the liquid to the desired consistency, add water or simmer to reduce.

Return to a boil and stir in fil powder. Stir vigorously to avoid clumping until the fil is dissolved. Adjust the salt and pepper, and finish with hot sauce to taste. Serve over boiled rice and garnish with green onions.


I always come back to this recipe! It is spicy and very satisfying!

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My kids loved it!
boulderados 1y ago

Easy recipe to follow...and can easily be made smaller. I used 1/2 # sausage and chicken base to get the flavors. Will definitely re-visit this recipe to make gumbo again. I added a chopped jalapeño to give it some good heat!
AuntGin 2y ago

Just the right amount of zing.
JoyLontine 3y ago

Oh my gosh! This was easy, simple and very tasty!! Two thumbs up!
alicegrimes 3y ago

We left out the File powder because it was just the right thickness and flavor. I would add it the next time we make it to see the difference. We had to go to the "Big" dutch oven so watch the size of your pot when you make it. Very awesome dish. I'd give it 6 stars if I could!
JRowan 5y ago

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princessfiona 10y ago

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princessfiona 10y ago

I always come back to this recipe! It is spicy and very satisfying!
princessfiona 10y ago

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princessfiona 10y ago

I used chicken breasts and it was delicious! Can add 1 pound of peeled shrimp 10 minutes before serving.
cchodroff 10y ago

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