This is a little late, but I really got into the Mardi Gras spirit this year and made some REALLLLY yummy gumbo this year. I found a "Half Hour Chicken Gumbo" recipe on Martha Stewart's website. It used a roaster chicken from the grocery store, and it was quite simple and easy. After it cooked it looked really gross and "grey" so I added a large can of crushed tomatoes to it. I don't remember any gumbo I've ever eaten being the color it was before the extra tomatoes, and I was sooo glad I added them. It was delicious!! Here are my pictures from my meal:
Here's the recipe and the picture from her website!
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 red bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen cut okra
- 8 ounces smoked (precooked) andouille sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced 1 inch thick
- 1 rotisserie chicken (about 2 1/2 pounds), skin and bones removed, meat shredded (about 4 cups)
- Store-bought or homemade cornbread, for serving (optional)
- In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil over medium. Add flour, and cook, whisking constantly, until pale golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in bell peppers, onion, garlic, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Add 4 cups water; stir in okra and sausage. Bring to a boil. Stir in shredded chicken, and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; if desired, serve with cornbread.