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Chicken Gumbo

By: jaivir of whiteland, US

Gumbo is a popular dish of Cajun cuisine

Filed in Dals and Soups

Serves 4 people

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If you cannot find file powder, you can substitute by adding little more Okra.


  • 1 whole chicken, about 4 pounds
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 liters water
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried leaf thyme
  • 2 cups okra (bhindi), sliced and boiled 10 minutes
  • 1 tbsp filé powder
  • 5 cups hot cooked rice


  1. Cut up the chicken and boil in salted water until tender.
  2. Remove chicken from pot. Pour broth into another container; return 6 cups of broth to the pot.
  3. If you don't have 6 cups of broth, add canned broth or bouillon.
  4. Remove chicken from bone and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  5. In a skillet, saute celery in butter; add the bay leaf, parsley, and thyme and cook for 2 minutes longer.
  6. Add add celery mixture and okra to the chicken broth; simmer 10 minutes.
  7. Add the chicken and heat through.
  8. Just before serving, add the filé powder.
  9. Serve on hot cook rice in soup plates. Serves 6 to 8.

Note: If you don't live in US, it might be tough to find filé powder (dried sassafras leaves powder) which primarily works like a thickening agent. Just increase the quantity of Okra which has enough thickening power of itself.

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