Easy Chicken and Sausage Gumbo – Secret to Simple Healthy Roux for Gumbo

Easy Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe with Healthy Gumbo Roux!

Easy Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is a Cajun healthy gumbo recipe favorite. If you’re looking for a gumbo recipe healthier, you are in the right place. When you think of Louisiana cuisine, gumbo comes to mind and especially in cold weather. This go-to favorite recipe is in Holly Clegg’s Gulf Coast Favorites cookbookThe secret to a healthy gumbo is in the healthy roux! Diabetic chicken gumbo recipes are hard to find.  Best of all, when you taste this easy gumbo recipe, you would never know this is also a diabetic gumbo recipe!

No Time Consuming Roux for this Outstanding Healthy Gumbo

Don’t think this gumbo will have you standing over the stove for hours!  The best part about this healthy roux is you can brown the flour ahead of time.  If you’ve ever made gumbo, the roux is what is time consuming.  With the roux done and if you buy pre-chopped seasoning, you can whip this healthy gumbo up for dinner.

Easy Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Servings14 1-cup servings


  • 1/2cup

    all-purpose flour

  • 1lb

    reduced-fat sausagecut in 1/4-inch pieces

  • 2lb

    boneless, skinless chicken breastscut in pieces

  • 1


  • 1tsp


  • 1

    green bell peppercored and chopped

  • 2

    stalks celerychopped

  • 8cup

    fat-free chicken broth

  • 116-ounce package

    frozen cut okra or fresh cut okra

  • 1tsp

    dried thyme leaves

  • 1/4tsp


  • 1bunch

    green onionschopped

  1. Preheat oven 400ºF.

  2. Place flour on baking sheet and bake 20 minutes.  Stir every 7–10 minutes or until dark nutty brown color. Set aside.

  3. In large nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, stir-fry sausage over medium heat and cook until crispy brown.  Set aside and remove any excess grease.  Recoat skillet with nonstick cooking spray.

  4. Add chicken and cook, stirring until starting to brown and then add onion, garlic, green pepper, and celery, cooking until tender. Stir in browned flour, stir continuously.

  5. Gradually add chicken broth, okra, thyme, cayenne, and season to taste.  Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer 30 minutes or until chicken is tender. Add sausage and green onions cooking 5 more minutes.

Recipe Notes

Per Serving: Calories 160, Calories from fat (%) 11, Fat (g) 2, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 49, Sodium (mg) 550, Carbohydrate (g) 12, Dietary Fiber (g) 2, Sugars (g) 4, Protein (g) 22, Diabetic Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate, 3 very lean meat

How To Make Gumbo?

Who doesn’t associate a Chicken and Sausage gumbo with Louisiana?  But with Holly Clegg’s Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook  you get healthy Cajun recipes and even a healthy gumbo! You’ll find all of your favorite healthy crawfish recipes like most popular Crawfish Etouffee. 

There are different kinds of gumbo but make yours with a healthy roux. However, if you are not in a region where seafood is plentiful, this chicken sausage gumbo is the answer. This diabetic gumbo boasts the rich traditional flavor of chicken gumbo without all the fat! Yes, you can even enjoy a healthy gumbo.

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Women’s Health Magazine Features Holly’s Gumbo Recipe In Top Healthy and Delicious Soups for Weight Loss!

This is such a popular gumbo recipe because it’s easy to make wherever you live and also healthy.  It is even a diabetic gumbo recipe making this soup the perfect choice for people who love Cajun recipes.  Chicken and sausage gumbo recipe is even featured in Women’s Heath Magazine! Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook gives you the opportunity to enjoy all your favorite Cajun recipes but made trim and terrific!

Try Using Brown Rice with Your Healthy Gumbo

You can leave out the rice of the gumbo or try using brown rice for a nutritional boost.  If you promise not to tell, Team Holly actually serves brown rice with our gumbo and nobody knows!  One cup of white rice is less than 1 gram fiber while 1 cup brown rice has 3 grams of fiber.  That’s an easy nutritious transition.

Try this rice that comes in the bag.  No more rice intimidation. The boil in a bag works perfectly and gives you smaller portions. Check it out as cooking is about convenience and time! Your family will love rice with all of these great healthy Louisiana recipes!

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo – Secret In Healthy Roux Plus Diabetic Chicken Gumbo!

The secret to a good gumbo is the roux and Holly’s secret is to use browned flour for a healthy roux.  Not only is this roux a time saver, but you get that rich nutty flavor without all the fat.  The gumbo tastes great and the roux bakes easily in the oven. You can make this healthy gumbo anywhere. Would you believe this delicious gumbo is also a diabetic chicken gumbo recipe?  Also, gumbo freezes well and did you know you can also freeze extra rice?

Cook with a Wooden Spoon

Seems simple and silly to mention but a wooden spoon is where its at when cooking. Don’t get us wrong, heat resistant spatulas are great (we love the colorful ones) but an old fashioned wooden spoon still works the best for stirring Holly’s chicken and gumbo recipe and other soup recipes.

There’s all sorts of shapes and sizes of wooden spoons. We like this curved spoon to get into the corners of the pot.

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Once you use these silicon pot holders, they will be your one and only kitchen pot holders for several reasons. They are easy to use and best of all, they never get dirty. Cloth pot holders end up so filthy so these colorful clean heat resistant pot holders are inexpensive and the best!

Best of all, they double as a trivet to put hot pots on off the stove top or from the oven.

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