Chicken and chorizo gumbo

Dive into this spicy gumbo.

  • 2 hrs 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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This rich Cajun- style soup, gumbo, is loaded with flavour thanks to the wide range of vegetables, chicken, spicy chorizo and seasonings used.
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  • 50 grams butter
  • 2 cured chorizo sausages (340g), sliced thickly on the diagonal
  • 1.5 kilograms chicken thigh cutlets, skin removed, excess fat trimmed
  • 1 medium onion (150g), chopped
  • 2 medium red capsicums (400g), cut into 4cm pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 3 cups (750ml) chicken stock
  • 400 grams can diced tomatoes
  • 200 grams okra
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 cup (200g) basmati rice, rinsed
  • fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, to serve


  • 1
    Melt butter in a 6.75 litre (27-cup) cast iron or other flameproof casserole dish (see tip) over medium-high heat. Cook chorizo for 3 minutes on each side or until browned; transfer to a large heatproof bowl.
  • 2
    Cook chicken in dish, turning, for 8 minutes or until golden all over; transfer to bowl with chorizo.
  • 3
    Add onion to same dish; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add capsicum and seasoning; cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add flour; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until mixture looks dry.
  • 4
    Gradually stir in stock, then diced tomatoes, okra and bay leaves to dish. Return chicken and chorizo to dish; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, covered, for 1 hour. Stir in rice; cook, covered, for a further 15 minutes or until rice is cooked. Stand for 10 minutes.
  • 5
    Serve half the gumbo topped with parsley. Transfer remaining gumbo to an airtight container; cool, then store.


We used a 28cm round cast iron casserole dish.Serve with simple green salad or lemony lettuce wedges , if you like.Refrigerate gumbo in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Freeze for up to 3 months; thaw in the fridge, then reheat in a microwave.

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