15-Minute Chicken Gumbo – a name that promises a tasty and delicious meal loved by all. As a chef, I know how important it is to enjoy what you eat and share it with your loved ones. This recipe is one of my favorites, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings for Louisiana-style gumbo without compromising on taste or time.
This chicken gumbo recipe is specially designed for those who love the taste of traditional gumbo but have limited time. With only 15 minutes of cooking time, you can enjoy a dish that would typically take hours to make.
I am proud to say that this recipe has earned four Weight Watchers points, so you can indulge in this meal without feeling guilty. You can even see its SmartPoints value, making it a great option for people following a WW program.
In this article, I will give you step-by-step instructions and tips on how to create this 15-minute chicken gumbo recipe. Whether you have experience in making gumbo or are new to the process, this recipe is easy to follow and will ensure a delicious outcome.
So, take the first step towards creating this delicious meal by gathering the ingredients listed below and let’s start cooking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a quick and easy meal that can satisfy your cravings and leave you feeling satisfied? Then look no further! Our 15-Minute Chicken Gumbo recipe is the perfect solution for a busy weeknight or when you simply don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen.
This recipe is Weight Watchers-friendly, with a SmartPoints value of only 4 per serving. That means you can enjoy a tasty and delicious meal with your loved ones without the guilt of overindulging on unhealthy food options.
Not only is this gumbo recipe great for those who are trying to watch their weight, but it also appeals to those who are looking for a flavorful and filling meal. The gumbo has a wonderful blend of spices, including creole seasoning, green bell pepper, and celery, that adds just the right amount of heat and depth to the dish.
The addition of chicken breast fillets and chicken sausage in the gumbo makes it even more hearty and filling, while the diced tomatoes give it a vibrant color and a burst of flavor. And if shrimp is more your style, you can easily substitute chicken shrimp gumbo for even more flavorful options.
Our 15-Minute Chicken Gumbo recipe is not only quick and easy to make but also adaptable to your preferences. For those who prefer a vegan option, simply leave out the meats or swap them with plant-based alternatives like soy chorizo. Additionally, you can adjust the spice level according to your taste by adding more or less seasonings.
Whether you’re trying to watch what you eat or just want a satisfying homemade meal that cooks up quickly, our 15-Minute Chicken Gumbo recipe is perfect for anyone who loves delicious food. So go ahead and give it a try – we promise it won’t disappoint!
Here’s what you will need for this 15-Minute Chicken Gumbo recipe:
Meat and Poultry
- 4 chicken breast fillets, skinless and boneless
- 4 ounces chicken sausage, sliced
- 4 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 can diced tomatoes, 14.5 ounces
Flour and Seasonings
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Cajun seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic powder
- 1 cup water or chicken broth
- Rice, for serving
These ingredients are easy to find in your local market or grocery store. Don’t worry if you don’t have some of the ingredients on hand as you can substitute or adjust the recipe to your liking, which I’ll discuss later on.
The Recipe How-To
Here’s how to make this 15-minute Chicken Gumbo recipe:
Step 1: Prepare the Roux
In a saucepan, heat 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour over medium heat while constantly stirring for about 3 minutes or until browned. Stir in 1/4 cup of water and stir constantly to create a smooth paste.
Step 2: Cook the Vegetables
In a soup pot, sauté one chopped onion, one chopped green bell pepper, and one chopped celery stick over medium heat with cooking spray or oil until tender for about 5 minutes.
Step 3: Add the Meat and Seasonings
Add two sliced and lightly browned chicken sausage links and two thinly sliced chicken breast fillets to the pot. Mix in all the seasonings such as one teaspoon of paprika, half a teaspoon of dried oregano, half a teaspoon of dried thyme, two freshly minced garlic cloves, three pinches of salt, and pepper to taste. Stir frequently until fragrant for at least two minutes.
Step 4: Pour in Liquid Ingredients
Pour in one can of drained and rinsed diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.), one cup of chicken broth, and enough water to submerge everything into the liquid entirely in the pot.
Step 5: Simmer for Soup Consistency
Add two cups of frozen okra (or more if desired) and allow it all to come to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for approximately ten more minutes or until reaching your desired gumbo consistency.
Step 6: Serve Hot
Serve hot with rice, pasta, or cornbread if desired.
Enjoy this flavorful bowl of freshly-made gumbo goodness with your loved ones! This recipe serves four people with just 4 WW points per serving, making it a healthy addition to anyone’s diet.
Substitutions and Variations
If you’re looking to switch things up with your 15-minute chicken gumbo recipe, there are plenty of substitutions and variations to consider.
Firstly, if you’re not in the mood for chicken breast fillets, you can easily swap them out for chicken thighs or even ground chicken. Alternatively, if you prefer seafood in your gumbo, try adding shrimp or other seafood options like crawfish or crab.
For a bit of a spicier kick, consider adding andouille sausage instead of chicken sausage. This will give your gumbo a more traditional Louisiana flavor that will have your taste buds dancing.
For a vegan option, try swapping out the chicken with tofu or chickpeas and using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. The addition of vegetables like okra and bell peppers will make this vegan gumbo just as hearty and delicious as the original recipe.
If you’re looking to cut down on calories or keep things low-carb, you can substitute all-purpose flour with almond flour or coconut flour to make a roux. Additionally, you can replace the rice with cauliflower rice, making this dish friendly for those following a keto diet.
No matter which substitutions or variations you choose, this 15-minute chicken gumbo recipe is sure to be a hit at any mealtime.
Serving and Pairing
Once you have made this 15-minute chicken gumbo, it’s time to enjoy your tasty and delicious meal with your loved ones. This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or a comforting meal on a cold winter day. The best part? You can enjoy this gumbo guilt-free, as it is only 4 WW points per serving.
To serve, ladle the gumbo into individual bowls and top with some cooked shrimp or sliced sausage. You can also add a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley or scallions for some added color and flavor.
As for pairing, consider serving this dish alongside some crusty bread or fluffy rice to soak up the flavorful broth. A simple side salad with a light vinaigrette would also be a nice addition to balance out the richness of the gumbo.
If you’re looking to make this recipe into a complete meal, try adding some roasted vegetables such as carrots or sweet potatoes, or even some grilled chicken breast to the mix.
Whether you are a fan of Louisiana-style gumbo or just love a hearty bowl of soup, this Weight Watchers-friendly chicken gumbo recipe is sure to hit the spot. So gather your friends and family, and enjoy this easy and quick dish that will transport you straight to New Orleans. Bon appétit!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
As a busy individual, I know that it can be helpful to prepare food ahead of time, especially when you’re in a rush. Luckily, this Chicken Gumbo dish is easy to make ahead of time and store properly for later consumption.
If you plan on making this dish in advance, I suggest cooking everything through step 4 of the recipe instructions. Once the gumbo has cooled down to room temperature, transfer it into an airtight container or a resealable freezer bag. You can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to enjoy this gumbo once again, there are two ways you can reheat it. If you’re short on time and don’t mind using your microwave, simply transfer the gumbo into a microwave-safe bowl and heat it on high for 2-3 minutes.
Alternatively, if time isn’t an issue and you prefer reheating food on the stovetop, transfer the gumbo into a pot and cook it over medium heat. Make sure to stir frequently and add some water or chicken broth if needed.
One thing to keep in mind is that seafood doesn’t always hold up well after being reheated, so I suggest leaving out any shrimp from your leftovers if possible.
Overall, making and storing this Chicken Gumbo dish is an excellent way to ensure that you have a delicious meal ready to go whenever you need it.
Tips for Perfect Results
To ensure that your 15-Minute Chicken Gumbo comes out perfect every time, I have some tips to share.
Firstly, when making the roux, ensure you don’t burn it as it can give the dish a bitter taste. Stir constantly and remove from heat as soon as it turns a light golden brown color.
Secondly, consider using chicken breast fillets instead of chicken sausage to make it even healthier.
Thirdly, for a more Creole flavor, add some andouille sausage or seafood like shrimp to the dish.
Fourthly, if you are vegan or vegetarian, omit the chicken altogether and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
Fifthly, let your gumbo simmer a little longer if you want the flavors to really meld together.
Lastly, if you find that your gumbo is too thick or too thin, adjust the amount of all-purpose flour or chicken broth respectively.
By following these simple tips and tricks you can enjoy a delicious bowl of 15-Minute Chicken Gumbo that is unique to your personal preference.
Now onto the frequently asked questions. Here are some queries that you may have and I’ll give you the answers to help you make this delicious recipe without a hitch!
Is chicken gumbo fattening?
The calorie count in one cup of gumbo falls somewhere between 320 to 450 calories, although the precise number depends on the combination of meats, seafood, and vegetables used. For individuals who adhere to a 2,000-calorie diet, a serving of gumbo amounts to around 16 to 22.5 percent of their daily calorie intake.
What is the secret ingredient in gumbo?
According to a group of knowledgeable friends, the key to a mouth-watering chicken and sausage gumbo is none other than chicken stock. This highly-recommended ingredient is said to be essential in taking a gumbo from good to great.
How many points is chicken on Weight Watchers?
Although skinless chicken breast and eggs may have zero Points, it is important to keep in mind that cooking oils or butter used in their preparation should be tracked accordingly. This ensures that we have an accurate idea of our overall food consumption and make informed choices for our health goals.
How much roux do I need for 4 gallons of gumbo?
If you want to make a delicious gumbo dish, it’s important to know the appropriate amount of roux required. As a general guideline, you’ll need to use one cup of roux for every gallon of gumbo you prepare. This is a helpful tip to keep in mind, as it can ensure that your gumbo has the right consistency and flavor.
In conclusion, this 15-Minute Chicken Gumbo recipe is a fantastic option for those who want to enjoy a tasty, delicious meal that is loved by their family and friends. With this recipe, you will learn how to make 15-minute chicken gumbo that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re in the mood for Louisiana-style gumbo or just craving something spicy and flavorful, this recipe has it all.
Not only is this recipe quick and easy to make, but it’s also weight watchers friendly due to its low smartpoints value of just 4 per serving. With substitutions and variations available, you can easily tweak this recipe to fit various dietary requirements or personal preferences. You can use chicken and sausage gumbo soup instead of chicken sausage for instance or make a vegan version with vegetarian andouille sausage.
Pair this gumbo with some jambalaya girl or garlic bread, and you’ve got yourself a truly mouthwatering meal. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try today and discover why it easily rivals any restaurant-quality chicken gumbo dish out there!
15-Minute Chicken Gumbo (4 Ww Points) Recipe
- spray cooking spray
- 1 (16 ounce) package frozen gumbo-style vegetables, 16 oz, a mixture of okra, peppers and onions
- 29 ounces canned diced tomatoes, with mild chiles
- 12 ounces refrigerated grilled chicken breast fillets, cubed, about 3 cups
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon creole seasoning
- Coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add vegetables and sauté over high heat, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute more.
- Stir in tomatoes, chicken and Creole seasoning. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot, about 6 minutes. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.
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Chloe is passionate about creating unique dishes that draw on the flavors of her favorite cultures. She loves experimenting with new ingredients and pushing the boundaries of traditional recipes. Her enthusiasm for cooking is infectious, and she is always eager to share her creations with friends and family.