Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe

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This easy to make instant pot chicken gumbo recipe is a flavor explosion on your tongue! Hearty, rich, with a spicy flavor, this combination of chicken, sausage, and vegetables is a terrific lunch or dinner your whole family will enjoy!

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe

Got an instant pot? Hubby loves ours and is always making various recipes. He leans on soups because he loves to eat them year-round.

This terrific instant pot chicken gumbo recipe takes a classic recipe and converts it to a simple-to-make dish in an instant pot! If you can use your instant pot (read the directions!) and chop vegetables, you can make this chicken gumbo.

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There is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of instant pot chicken gumbo on a chilly night. The aromatic spices and bold flavors make the house smell so welcoming. This hearty meal is full of juicy chicken and sausage and is best when served over rice.

There are rumors that gumbo is a rendition of various French soups, more specifically the fish stew bouillabaisse. However, the invention of gumbo and its history is more strongly linked to slaves in the late 1700s who were gathered in the New Orleans area. Historical records indicate that it began when slaves would use cooked okra and mix it with rice to form a more hearty meal. Over the years, gumbo slowly got adjusted to the recipes commonly we see today.

This instant pot chicken gumbo is probably one of my favorite comfort foods. It makes chilly nights exciting rather than dreary and definitely keeps you warmed up. The main part about this recipe that I enjoy is how easy it is to make such a big batch. It works great as a main course to serve at fall get-togethers or around campfires. It’s easily adapted to fit taste preferences as well.

How Do You Make Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo?

You will want to have your Instant Pot set on the saute mode to begin your recipe. Add in the oil then follow it with the garlic which needs to saute for one minute, alone. Next, add in everything but the chicken, stock, juice, and tomatoes. Allow sauteing for about five minutes. Then, you’ll add the chicken, juice, stock, and tomatoes to the pot. Be sure to put the chicken in first then add the other ingredients on top. Set Instant Pot to the normal setting and allow to cook for 45 minutes and then naturally release. Shred the chicken, before browning up the sausage and adding it to the pot.

white bowl with blue rim filled with chicken gumbo with a spoon laying inside the bowl, cornbread in a pan with one piece removed, atop of weathered tabletop


Tips For Making Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe:

• Read the directions on your instant pot.

• Follow the directions on your instant pot!

• You can add salt and pepper to suit your taste, but it may be better to do it after you have served up the chicken gumbo. Same thing for hot sauce!

• Be sure to add the sausage to the gumbo very last. It can quickly be sucked dry of its flavor if it sits in the mixture too long while it is cooking, browning it separately gives it the best flavor.

• Serve alone or over rice. You may want to serve some cornbread or rolls, too. Mmmmm fresh homemade yeast rolls.

Common Questions About Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo

What is Gumbo Chicken?

The word gumbo refers to a hearty stew, more commonly found in Louisiana. It is common throughout the United States, but the vegetables and meat included in the mix vary from state to state. For example, closer to the water in Louisiana will include items such as shrimp and crawfish in their gumbo. Further away from the water, people will usually include chicken. In most gumbos, it’s common to have okra, onion, celery, and tomatoes, along with a strong stock.

What is the Difference Between a Gumbo and Jambalaya?

The short answer is jambalaya is made with rice in the soup-stew, gumbo does not include it in the pot.

What Can I Put in My Gumbo?

One of the great things about gumbo is that you can pretty much put whatever you want in it when it comes to vegetables. The most common ingredients are celery, okra, onion, peppers, and tomatoes. However, if you have other preferences, feel free to toss them in and try them out. There are very few vegetables that would taste bad in a gumbo since the sauce penetrates each ingredient and brings it all together. You could try spinach, eggplant, kale, green beans, peas, etc. I wouldn’t suggest vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and similar.

Do You Put Tomatoes in Gumbo?

Most people, no matter the style of gumbo (creole or cajun) will include tomatoes. If okra is used as the thickening agent, you will almost always find tomatoes in the gumbo. However, if roux is used, tomatoes are not traditionally used. It all depends on the preference and area you are getting the gumbo or the recipe for the gumbo.

A good gumbo recipe is not hard to make but it sure does taste like a lot of effort was put into it.

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe. This easy to make instant pot chicken gumbo recipe is a flavor explosion on your tongue! Hearty, rich, with a spicy flavor, this combination of chicken, sausage and vegetables is a terrific lunch or dinner your whole family will enjoy!


Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe Ingredients:

• 3 TBSP Oil
• 2 TBSP chopped garlic
• 1 Onion, chopped
• 4.5 oz diced Green Chilis
• 2 Bell Peppers, diced
• 2 cups Celery, chopped
• 2 cups frozen, chopped Okra
• 2 frozen, skinless Chicken Breasts
• 2 cups Chicken Stock
• 2 cups Tomato Juice
• 15 oz Stewed Tomatoes
• 2 Smoked Sausages, chopped

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Mise en Place:

• Cutting Board
• Knife
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons
• Two Forks
• Tongs
Instant Pot

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe. This easy to make instant pot chicken gumbo recipe is a flavor explosion on your tongue! Hearty, rich, with a spicy flavor, this combination of chicken, sausage and vegetables is a terrific lunch or dinner your whole family will enjoy!


Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe Directions:

1. Turn Instant Pot on to sautee and pour in three tablespoons of oil.

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe. This easy to make instant pot chicken gumbo recipe is a flavor explosion on your tongue! Hearty, rich, with a spicy flavor, this combination of chicken, sausage and vegetables is a terrific lunch or dinner your whole family will enjoy!


2. Add in two tablespoons of chopped garlic, sautee for 1 minute, add in one chopped onion, sauté 2-3 minutes.

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe. This easy to make instant pot chicken gumbo recipe is a flavor explosion on your tongue! Hearty, rich, with a spicy flavor, this combination of chicken, sausage and vegetables is a terrific lunch or dinner your whole family will enjoy!


3. Add in 4.5 ounces (1 can) diced green chilis, two diced bell peppers, two cups of chopped celery, and two cups of frozen, chopped okra.
4. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
5. Reset Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe. This easy to make instant pot chicken gumbo recipe is a flavor explosion on your tongue! Hearty, rich, with a spicy flavor, this combination of chicken, sausage and vegetables is a terrific lunch or dinner your whole family will enjoy!


6. Add two frozen chicken breasts on top of ingredients already in Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe. This easy to make instant pot chicken gumbo recipe is a flavor explosion on your tongue! Hearty, rich, with a spicy flavor, this combination of chicken, sausage and vegetables is a terrific lunch or dinner your whole family will enjoy!


7. Pour in two cups of chicken stock, two cups of tomato juice, and 15 ounces (1 can) of stewed tomatoes.
8. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.
9. Natural release.

10. Use two forks to shred chicken breasts.
11. Meanwhile, brown two smoked sausage.
12. Add sausage to gumbo last (this helps retain flavor). Mix well.

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe. This easy to make instant pot chicken gumbo recipe is a flavor explosion on your tongue! Hearty, rich, with a spicy flavor, this combination of chicken, sausage and vegetables is a terrific lunch or dinner your whole family will enjoy!


13. Serve over rice. Add sour cream, salt, pepper, and hot sauce as desired.

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe. This easy to make instant pot chicken gumbo recipe is a flavor explosion on your tongue! Hearty, rich, with a spicy flavor, this combination of chicken, sausage and vegetables is a terrific lunch or dinner your whole family will enjoy!


Yield: 6 cups

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe

Instant Pot Chicken Gumbo Recipe. This easy to make instant pot chicken gumbo recipe is a flavor explosion on your tongue! Hearty, rich, with a spicy flavor, this combination of chicken, sausage and vegetables is a terrific lunch or dinner your whole family will enjoy!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 TBSP Oil
  • 2 TBSP chopped garlic
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 4.5 oz diced Green Chilis
  • 2 Bell Peppers, diced
  • 2 cups Celery, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen, chopped Okra
  • 2 frozen, skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups Tomato Juice
  • 15 oz Stewed Tomatoes
  • 2 Smoked Sausages, chopped

Instructions

    1. Turn Instant Pot on to sautee and pour in three tablespoons of oil.
    2. Add in two tablespoons of chopped garlic, sautee for 1 minute, add in one chopped onion, sauté 2-3 minutes.
    3. Add in 4.5 ounces (1 can) diced green chilis, two diced bell peppers, two cups of chopped celery, and two cups of frozen, chopped okra.
    4. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
    5. Reset Instant Pot.
    6. Add two frozen chicken breasts on top of ingredients already in Instant Pot.
    7. Pour in two cups of chicken stock, two cups of tomato juice, and 15 ounces (1 can) of stewed tomatoes.
    8. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.
    9. Natural release.
    10. Use two forks to shred chicken breasts.
    11. Meanwhile, brown two smoked sausage.
    12. Add sausage to gumbo last (this helps retain flavor). Mix well.
    13. Serve over rice. Add sour cream, salt, pepper, and hot sauce as desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 50mg Sodium: 745mg Carbohydrates: 22g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 21g
Note: for exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information provided is simply a guideline.

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15 Winter Soup Recipes

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Nothing warms you up on a cold winter day like a nice hot bowl of soup! From hearty soups to seafood, from cheesy deliciousness to soups made with leftovers, there is something for everyone on this fabulous list of winter soup recipes.

15 Winter Soup Recipes

It’s soup season! Who doesn’t love a nice, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? My husband loves soup, and he makes some great ones. My personal favorites are the Buffalo Chicken Wing, the Philly Cheesesteak, and Stuffed Banana Pepper soups; you might have a different favorite.

Served with fresh homemade bread or perhaps some warm homemade yeast rolls or even a terrific cornbread, homemade soup is a delicious meal for lunch (or dinner!) or a great first course at dinnertime.

I have listed everything from a leftovers soup (like the turkey) to something hearty (beef barley… my grandfather’s favorite soup!) to, the BEST Buffalo chicken wing soup ever! I grew up in Buffalo (still live in the area) and there was a local restaurant (Danny’s) that made a name for itself serving their chicken wing soup. It truly is fantastic. And, hubby’s chicken wing soup is even BETTER!! If you love the great taste of Buffalo chicken wings, you are going to want to try this amazing Buffalo chicken win soup recipe. Yum!

Note: these soups are fairly easy to make. Some may have more ingredients than others, but for the most part they are easy to make soups. Most of these soups freeze well too (if you have leftovers or make a double batch). Just make certain you use freezer grade containers. Hubby buys them in giant packs, and we keep the extras down the basement. Our freezer sometimes looks like a frozen soup factory exploded in it. We freeze soup, stews, leftovers, garden vegetables, etc for later use all year long!

And now on to the 15 winter soup recipes…

15 Winter Soup Recipes

Nothing warms you up on a cold winter day like a nice hot bowl of soup! From hearty soups to seafood, from cheesy deliciousness to soups made with leftovers, there is something for everyone on this fabulous list of winter soup recipes.


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25 Leftover Ham Recipes

25 Leftover Ham Recipes. 25 new and delicious ways to use up your leftover Easter or Christmas ham with these fabulous ham casseroles, soups, sandwiches and breakfast recipe ideas. If you have leftover ham, you will want to keep this list handy. These ham recipes are some totally tasty recipes the entire family will enjoy!


25 new and delicious ways to use up your leftover Easter or Christmas ham with these fabulous ham casseroles, soups, sandwiches and breakfast recipe ideas. If you have leftover ham, you will want to keep this list handy. These ham recipes are some totally tasty recipes the entire family will enjoy!

25 Leftover Ham Recipes



If you purchased a ham for the holidays – or anytime – you probably have leftovers. A plain ham sandwich is great, but there are only so many plain ham sandwiches a person wants to eat. I love leftovers myself, but confess that sometimes I am stumped as to what to do with a lot of the same leftover… and that is often the case with ham. Yummy the first two days, but after that, I want usually want something different. And that is where these recipes comes in.

From easy and freezable for later use, to today’s lunch and dinner meals, these 25 Leftover Ham Recipes are sure to make using up that leftover ham a breeze!

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Broccoli and Ham Quiche Recipe – Use up your ham leftovers to make this easy quiche recipe! Broccoli, ham, cheese, and mushrooms combine for an easy to make this flavorful, delicious and satisfying Broccoli and Ham Quiche. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this versatile quiche dish is sure to please your entire family.

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Ham and Potato Casserole Recipe – This Ham and Potato Casserole Recipe is a great freezer meal! Easy to make, you will want to double the recipe making one for dinner tonight, and one to freeze for later. This leftover ham recipe is an easy, delicious dinner your entire family will enjoy.

Ham and Cheese Stromboli Recipe – This delicious, easy to make, ham and cheese Stromboli is a great lunch, dinner, or party food. This can be cut into sandwich size portions for a few people, or cut into inch slices as a party food to help feed a crowd.

Ham Casserole Recipe – Got leftover ham? This is a delicious, easy to make leftover ham casserole recipe! This homemade ham casserole freezes very well too. If you have leftover ham, try this simple to make ham casserole for dinner tonight!

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