Cajun Chicken Gumbo - What's Cooking Good Looking #4

in food •  2 years ago 

It is always great to expand your horizons when it comes to cooking - well I think so anyway! haha! If you cook as much as I do, repeating the same dishes again and again can become somewhat monotonous, so I like to explore a little bit :)

I discovered this wonderful traditional Louisiana casserole that simply looked delicious, so I thought I would give it a whirl!

It was a lovely dish - really homely and tasty. Although I will say one thing... Louisiana folks CLEARLY have a lower "heat" tolerance than us South Africans.. (or perhaps its just me. lol) because I put MORE than the allocated quota of Cajun spice and although it had a nice spicy flavour... it certainly wasn't HOT, as was mentioned in the original recipe.

However, that is great in my opinion, as you can always add some freshly chopped chilli to the green garnishing at the end if you wanted more of a bite, but it at least caters for both "hot and not so hot" lovers :)

Ok, so let's get to it!!

What you need:

4 tbsp olive oil
5 skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunky pieces
1 onion, chopped
2 celery sticks, sliced
3 bay leaves
5 tbsp plain flour
4 tsp Cajun spice mix (or 1 each paprika, ground cumin, ground chilli and dried basil)
600ml chicken stock (made with 2 stock cubes)
2 green peppers, de-seeded and cut into chunks (I used 1 green and one red for colour variation)
300g thickly sliced ham, trimmed of any fat and diced
3 spring onions, sliced
2 tbsp very roughly chopped parsley

How its done:

Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a wide casserole or big frying pan and fry the chicken for a few mins to brown.
Tip out onto a plate.

Add the onion to the pan with 1 tbsp more oil and fry for 5 mins until almost softened.
Add the celery and fry for another 2 mins, then tip out to join the chicken.

Add the remaining oil, bay leaves and flour to the pan and cook into a paste.
Carry on cooking, stirring constantly (with a splash of water if you need), until golden brown, then stir in the spices for 2 mins.

Gradually stir in the stock until smooth and saucy.

Return the chicken and veg to the pan, along with the peppers, cover and simmer gently for 15 mins.

Stir in the ham, cover and simmer gently for 10 mins more.

Check for seasoning, then serve, sprinkled with the spring onions mixed with the chopped parsley.

I served this dish with Basmati rice (sticky rice) as I far prefer it to normal rice - plus it is great for absorbing all the juiciness of the dish!!

Well, Steemians... thats a wrap!

Grubs up! Enjoy ;)


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Great post. You got my upvote :D


thank you so much :)

@jaynie unit. Janitor unit is domeciled in cajun country but does not require food. Unit's human creator consumes cajun food. Unit says cajun food is worth much digital binary monetary units. Janitor unit will clean floor after you finish preparing meal with much pine sol.

NICE!! will ask my gf a.k.a my chef to try! lol


hahahaha!! Smart man! lol Enjoy it ;)

Looks tasty. Thanks for the recipe :)

Very tasty indeed @jaynie just wish it was veganized


I suppose you could "edit it" :)


I am pretty sure I could turn it into a tasty veganized version @jaynie


absolutely :) :)

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thank you :) Will do!

thank you so much for the recipe jaynie! that looks absolutely fantastic and now i'm craving some of my own! Good job!!


If it made you hungry then I guess the desired objective was achieved. hehehe :)

Thanks for the positive feedback :)
Much love from South Africa x

Looks good, 100% upvoted from @chanthasam


Wow! Thank you so Much!!!!! xxx Really appreciate that :)

Very colorful and delicious for sure! Love it!
I've just posted my easy panini i had today for the Lazy Sunday!!!


Sounds awesome! Going to check it out right now :)



Hahahaha epic reply!!! 😉👊😂😁👌 thanks :)


Great meal. Love it. Thanks for all the great instructions and pics.



Eso se ve muy delicioso.... te voy a copiar tu receta

Thanks for voting for my rissotto, I have resteemed this! :)


wow, thank you so much!! and it was only a pleasure :) It really looked so good!!!


I am going to give your cajun chicken a go soon! Thanks for the recipie

Nice. May have to try this myself at some point. I like your pictures too. Nice and clear as to what things should look like at that point.


thank you for the positive feedback :) Really appreciate the input.

it looks delicious


thank you :)

Wow @jaynie.. Totally "delectable" post. My mouth is already watering and your post has worked up my appetite... 😅
Someone satiate my hunger please. Peace ✌️


hahaha!!! objective achieved.

Thank you ;)


You are welcome @jaynie. Keep bringing these tasty treats for us all to enjoy. Look forward to your future posts. Peace ✌️

Looks delicious


thank you :)

little tip if you put the roots of the spring onions on water they will grow again :)


oh wow, I did not know that. Will give it a go next time I buy them :)


Cool beans!! thanks a mil - (or should I say... cool onions...?) haha :)