My Take on Chicken Gumbo
This is my take on the traditional chicken gumbo recipe with a few new added ingredients using leftovers for a delicious meal in a hurry.
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 Cup chicken croquette, crumbled
  • ½ Cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Canola oil
  • 1 Rib of celery, diced into large cubes
  • ½ Cup chopped onion (approximately ⅜ inch)
  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 Can (14½ oz) mixed vegetables
  • 1 Can (14½ oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ Teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • Pinch of fresh ground kosher salt
  • 2 Teaspoons powdered chicken bouillon
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  1. Crumbling the chicken croquette into small pieces. Next I cut up a rib of celery into large dices about ½ inch or so and a ½ cup of onions in ⅜-inch dices. Heat a skillet on medium heat and added about 2 tablespoons of Canola oil. Sauté the celery about a minute and then add the onion and sauté for another three minutes. Add a pinch of fresh ground kosher salt to the onions and celery while it sautés.
  2. Next add a tablespoon of minced garlic, a can of diced tomatoes (don't drain), a ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper and the crumbled chicken crochets. Give all that a good stir and add ½ cup mashed potatoes, 2 cups of water, 2 teaspoons of powdered chicken bouillon, a can of mixed vegetables (don't drain), and a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.
  3. Stir all this together, making sure it is well incorporated and then let simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes. Check often and give it a stir. Can take up to 30 minutes depending on stove temperature.
  4. Pour into bowls and top with shredded Mozzarella cheese and serve with toasted cheese bread.
Recipe by The Surprised Gourmet at