Chicken Gumbo

Chicken Gumbo

Skip the heavy traditional gumbo and make this lighter version instead!

This Cajun-style Chicken Gumbo uses lean chicken breast meat in place of high-fat sausage and uses arrowroot for thickener instead of butter and flour.

Aromatic spices combine in a luxuriously rich sauce with okra and other vegetables.

If fresh okra isn’t available, frozen okra will work just as well.

3.62 from 73 votes

Chicken Gumbo

Aromatic spices combine in a luxuriously rich sauce in this Cajun-style Chicken Gumbo that uses lean chicken breast meat in place of high-fat sausage.
Course main
Keyword chicken, gumbo
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 8 servings
Calories 216 kcal
Author BODi


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • lbs. raw chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 Tbsp. arrowroot (or corn starch)
  • 3 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 8 oz. medium okra, sliced into ½-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion, carrots, celery, and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until onion softens.
  3. Add garlic and chicken; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Add arrowroot to broth; whisk to blend.
  5. Slowly whisk broth into chicken mixture; cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until mixture thickens slightly. The mixture should not be lumpy.
  6. Add bay leaf, thyme, pepper, and hot sauce. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium; cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Add okra; cook, stirring frequently, for 10 to 15 additional minutes. Remove bay leaf.
  8. Serve about ¾ cup over ½ cup of rice.

Recipe Notes

To make this recipe in an Instant Pot (programmable pressure cooker), follow these instructions:

  • Turn 6-quart Instant Pot to high sauté setting.
  • Heat oil to hot.
  • Add onion, carrots, celery, and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  • Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  • Combine arrowroot and broth; mix well.
  • Add broth mixture, chicken, bay leaf, thyme, pepper, pepper sauce, and okra. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for locking lid and preparing to cook. Set to pressure cook on high for 10 minutes.
  • Follow manufacturer’s guide for quick release, and wait until cycle is complete. Carefully unlock and remove lid, taking care that there is no remaining steam.
  • Remove bay leaf.
  • Serve as listed above.

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Gumbo
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 152mg7%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 22g44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Container Equivalents
½ Green
1 Yellow
½ Red
½ tsp.

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