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More Cooking Light!  Chicken Sausage Gumbo

Posted Oct 29 2012 9:57pm

Last week a friend told me that the November issue of Cooking Light was out and, even better, it was a DOUBLE ISSUE!  Music to my ears.  Needless to say I had to go out that night and pick it up. It's quite thick and I guess they just couldn't decide on a cover because they made two different covers for the issue.  I, of course, opted for the one with the delectable chocolate dessert.  Then, I spent the next few days going through it and putting stickies on so many yummy sounding recipes I don't know how I'll ever get through them all!  Let's just say, we won't go hungry or struggle for dinner ideas for quite a while!  

Tonight is the first chilly evening of the Fall and I wanted something warm and comforting on the stove to come home to after a cold and windy evening on the football field.  Soooo, tonight is my FIRST Recipe of the Double Issue Cooking Light. . . . my boys are quite happy because is so good.


  • 6 ounces andouille sausage, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
  • 8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 tablespoon salt-free Cajun/Creole seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups no-salt-added chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, drained and crushed
  • 1 cup frozen cut okra
  • 3 cups bagged precooked brown rice
  1. 1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sausage to pan; sauté for 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove sausage from pan using a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Melt butter in drippings in pan. Add oil to pan; swirl. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Stir flour into butter mixture; cook 3 minutes or until flour mixture starts to brown, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add chicken; sauté 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) to pan; sauté for 6 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add stock and tomatoes to pan; bring to a boil. Return sausage to pan; stir in okra. Reduce heat, and simmer 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over rice.
Vanessa Pruett,  Cooking Light  

On a personal note, I doubled the recipe so it was full of plenty of sausage and chicken.  I also cooked the rice and put it right into the pot when it was time to serve.  

Nutritional Information
Amount per serving
  • Calories: 367
  • Fat: 16.1g
  • Saturated fat: 5.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 7.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Protein: 19g
  • Carbohydrate: 36.8g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Cholesterol: 57mg
  • Iron: 2.6mg
  • Sodium: 559mg
  • Calcium: 70m

Picture The makings set out and ready . . .
Picture My finished product. I know my photos are not nearly as good as good as the magazine's, but I bet it tastes as good!
Hope you try and enjoy!

Hope you are having a great start to the week!
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