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Chicken Shrimp Gumbo Recipe

Updated on August 4, 2017
Chicken Shrimp Gumbo
Chicken Shrimp Gumbo | Source

What is Gumbo?

The definition of gumbo in the Merriam Webster dictionary states the following:

"a soup thickened with okra pods or filé and containing meat or seafood and usually vegetables"

The reason I named my dish Gumbo was that I could not come up with a name for this dish. This was the first time that I made my chicken and shrimp dish and it doesn't contain okra. I've read that gumbo does not have any tomatoes in, which my dish does. If anyone that reads this recipe would like to help me name this dish by leaving me a comment below, I would be very grateful.

Things I've Learned about Gumbo

  • It is said that gumbo originated in southern Louisiana, USA back in the 18th century.
  • Creole gumbo is usually what you will find in New Orleans USA and is will usually have shellfish in it.
  • Several cultures that include; French, Spanish, German, West African, and Choctaw, have all influenced gumbo.
  • In honor of senator Allen Joseph Ellender, from Houma, Louisiana, the United States Senate cafeteria added gumbo to their menu in the 1970s.



Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: This recipe will serve 6-7 people

Ingredients needed for Chicken Shrimp Gumbo

2-3 Tbsp of Vegetable or Canola oil

6-7 boneless chicken breasts

1 medium to large cooking onion

1 green pepper

1 large clove of garlic

1 large can of diced tomatoes

1 Tsp. of Cayenne pepper

1 Tsp. of Cajun Spice

1 1/2 cups of frozen corn

1 can of black beans

1 pound of cooked shrimp (I used a bag of frozen and defrosted precooked shrimp)


Substitutes or additions that would work well with this dish

Vegetables
Spices
Meat
Okra
Cumin
Pork Sausage
Any type of Bell Pepper
Chili Powder
Any Shellfish other than Shrimp
Green Beans
Parsley
Duck
Celery
Hot Sauce
Turkey
Spinach
Salt & Pepper
 
 
Worcestershire Sauce
 
 
Bay Leaves
 

First steps to making this dish

Cook chicken breasts, prepare veggies, sauté veggies, and prepare shrimp
Cook chicken breasts, prepare veggies, sauté veggies, and prepare shrimp | Source

Instructions

  1. In a pan heat the vegetable oil on a medium high setting.
  2. Add the chicken breasts and cook until they are no longer pink on the inside. (I sliced a few of the chicken breasts in half before cooking them as they were pretty thick)
  3. While the chicken breasts are cooking prepare your vegetables. Chop the onion green pepper, and slice the garlic clove as thin as possible. Add more garlic if you like.
  4. In a large pot over medium heat sauté the vegetables in oil.
  5. At this point your chicken breasts should be done. Remove from the pan, cut into fairly large pieces and set aside.
  6. To the pot on the stove add the diced tomatoes, Cajun spice, cayenne pepper, and stir.
  7. Bring the ingredients to a low simmer.
  8. Rinse and prepare the shrimp. Be sure to remove the tails.
  9. (If you are planning to serve this over rice this would be a good time to start your rice)
  10. Add the cooked chicken to the simmering ingredients and stir.
  11. Add the frozen corn to the pot on the stove and stir.
  12. Let this simmer for about 3-4 minutes then add the can of black beans and stir again.
  13. Add the shrimp and continue to simmer until the shrimp is heated through.
  14. Serve and ENJOY!


Add the cooked chicken to the pot
Add the cooked chicken to the pot
Corn has been added
Corn has been added
Add shrimp, heat, and dinner is made
Add shrimp, heat, and dinner is made | Source

Dinner is served so let's eat!

Chicken Shrimp Gumbo served over rice
Chicken Shrimp Gumbo served over rice | Source

Does this sound good? Please rate my recipe

5 stars from 16 ratings of Chicken Shrimp Gumbo

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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Rebecca! Have a great day.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      19 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Looks great! I love gumbos and jambalayas. This is a really good recipe for it, too. Thanks, Susan!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Rachel! Have a great weekend.

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      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Susan, I thought this was more of a chicken, shrimp stew. I gave it 5 stars because it looks so delicious and also a thumbs up. I love recipes like your Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo.

      Blessings to you.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Lady Guinevere!

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      Debra Allen 

      4 years ago from West By God

      Oh that sounds so delicious. I loved that you have the substitutions on the side. I will be sharing this.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I can't wait to try Gumbo in New Orleans, it is on my bucket list Wednesday-Elf :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've had gumbo, both home made and in New Orleans... and love it. My favorite version has smoked sausage, as well as the chicken and shrimp. You are making me hungry just by reading this recipe! :)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Elsie, Hope that you and your husband enjoy this chicken shrimp gumbo.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Just looking at the hub I can taste this meal, your photos are great.

      Will be making this one, my husband loves any meals that have seafood in them and this one has the best of everything in it. Thanks.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hope that you enjoy the recipe Merrrci!

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It looks delish, Susan! I will have to try this. I've never made gumbo, but this dish looks like one I think too. So many yummy ingredients too. Looking good!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      sticktlydating, I hope you try my recipe and thank you.

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      StricktlyDating 

      4 years ago from Australia

      I haven't tried it either but it sure sounds good :)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks swillidiams, I hope you enjoy the it.

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      swilliams 

      4 years ago

      This looks really good! I'm going to have to try this recipe! The great pictures too. Voted up.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yumbo .... I like that idea CharronsChatter :)

    • CharronsChatter profile image

      Karen Robiscoe 

      4 years ago from California

      Yum...so maybe you could name it: "Yumbo"...also: "Practically Paella"...what about that? Add a little saffron, and well--things would be yellow! haHA! Loved your recipe/tone...gonna hitchhike all over this post. :)

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      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      The beauty of gumbo is you can put just about anything in it an it is wonderful. This looks tasty. It's supposed to get cold this week and this looks like a perfect cold evening dinner. Bon appetite

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks JP, and I hope you enjoy the Gumbo.

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      JPSO138 

      5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Very interesting and ingredients are very easy to find. I am sure they will make a good addition to my table. Thanks for sharing this one.. Will surely try this later on.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      CharronsChatter, Thanks :)

    • CharronsChatter profile image

      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      ooh. Gumbo can have tomatoes! And these tomatoes are in fine company. An outstanding HUB, as beautiful as it is tempting. I can see there's no margin for error with all these extras--a great idea to include substitutions. :)

      I am pinning, too. :)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Audrey :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Yum!!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Glad this gave you an idea :) Hope it sells well. Thanks SS!

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I'm always looking for something new to make for my cafe and this would be great. I love one pot recipes! Pinning!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Peg, I've not tried the Zatarrain's for Gumbo but I bet it's pretty good. Hope you enjoy the recipe and thanks!

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This does sound delicious and even better without the okra. I never learned to love that veggie. I like names that tell what's in the recipe so any one of your choices would fit. Great instructions and wonderful, one pot meal. Usually, I just use the Zatarrain's package mix but this is fresh. I'm eager to try it.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      vespawoolf, Hope you enjoy the recipe and thanks!

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Another fabulous recipe from your collection! Since you don't use okra, we can get all the ingredients for this dish. I hope to try it someday--have bookmarked it for future reference. Thanks!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Gordon, Thanks so much!

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Susan. The dish looks and sounds absolutely delicious but I've no idea what I'd call it, I'm afraid. On the plus side, if a dish looks good, smells good and tastes good - who really cares what you call it? :)

      I love the way you also provide alternative options. Very useful for people with varying tastes, or perhaps restricted availability of ingredients.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Eddy!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      moonlake, Thanks so much. Please let me know if you try the recipe and what you think.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful Susan sounds and looks delicious.

      Eddy.

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      This looks delicious and easy to make. Voted up, pinned and shared.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Martie. If you ever happen to be in Louisiana I hear they make the best Gumbo.

      I wish we were neighbour's too :)

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      The more I read, the hungrier I became. (And I just had dinner!) This dish on rice looks absolutely delicious. I would call it a stew simply because I have never heard of gumbo before.

      Oh, how I wish you were my neighbour, Susan!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks MissO!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      jdw, I hope you enjoy the gumbo.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, I'm sure yours looks and tastes great :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Chicken and shrimp gumbo is a great name for this dish (that was my vote anyway)

      Chicken and shrimp combos are great and all the spices and ingredients you listed make this sound really hearty and delicious. As always, great pictures and instructions. Adding this one to my to do list. Thanks for sharing another great recipe.

      Voted up and shared

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      John David 

      5 years ago from Middle America

      Thank you, I will be attempting this next week..

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Om, Thanks so much. Hope that you enjoy the recipe.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      sgbrown, Thank you. Hope that you enjoy the recipe, and thanks for the shares and pins!

      Have a great weekend.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'd call it a Gumbo...it sounds GREAT! I do make something similar but it's more like soup and I just pour it over rice. This looks much better!

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      5 years ago

      Wow, your gumbo looks super appetizing. Absolutely a must-try. Those pictures really made my stomach growl. Rated 5 stars!

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      Sheila Brown 

      5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This looks delicious! Great pictures and instructions here. I love shrimp and chicken, so cooking them together just sounds awesome! I can't wait to try this recipe. Voting up and yummy/useful! Also pinning and sharing! :)

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Any meal that is both easy and made in just one pot is my kind of recipe, Susan. For the name, how 'bout Chicken Shrimp Dumbo - it has everything but the elephant in it!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Chris, Thank you and I hope you enjoy it.

      Rose, Thanks and have a good weekend.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Faith, Thanks so much!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      peachpurple, I cooked the chicken first in a frying pan. I served it over rice which would be a side dish, but you could eat the gumbo just as is. Thank you for the vote.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love one pot meals! This looks delicious. I love that there are so many ways to customize it. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Sheri!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Natasha, Shrimp is one of my most favorite things to eat. Thanks for stopping by.

      Susan, Thanks so much!

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      Chris Achilleos 

      5 years ago

      Hi Susan,

      Now that is one delicious looking dish. I will certainly be looking forward to trying it! 5 star rating form me :)

      Thanks for sharing!

      Voted up.

      Chris

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      phdast, Thanks so much!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      I love gumbo, and this looks delicious! Thanks for the great recipe.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      peachy 

      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      it is actually all in one dish, right? Easy and you don't have to cook anymore side dish. Voted up

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      Sheri Dusseault 

      5 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Looks good!

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      Susan Holland 

      5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Mouth is watering! I voted Chicken Shrimp Gumbo. :-)

      Votes and shares! :-)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Simey! Hope that you enjoy it.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Is that what you'd call it Frank, gumpo? LOL just kidding and thanks as always!

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      Natasha 

      5 years ago from Hawaii

      I love shrimp!!! That isn't nearly enough exclamation points to really convey how I feel about shrimp, but I didn't want anything to get super obnoxious =)

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Looks great. I am fine with calling it a gumbo. Good hub. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for stopping by Bill, and hope you try it and like it :)

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      Simon Cook 

      5 years ago from NJ, USA

      Looks really tasty - may have to make this on the weekend!!!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      wow gumpo.. five stars from me Just ask susan..

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have never had gumbo but I would definitely try it. Thanks for the recipe. Looks good!

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