Chicken Sausage Shrimp Gumbo | Whole30 Friendly

Chicken Sausage Shrimp Gumbo is a wonderfully flavored dish that's easy to prepare and uses minimal ingredients. If you're looking for a fairly quick and easy gumbo recipe that's packed with chicken, sausage and shrimp. Here you go... Whole30 Friendly & Gluten Free

chicken sausage shrimp gumbo

Chicken Sausage Shrimp Gumbo – There’s absolutely nothing like it.  Today, I’m sharing my super quick and easy gumbo recipe that’s also Whole30-Friendly.  I know, I know you’re probably thinking super quick and easy yeah right.  But, I promise, this recipe will not disappoint especially if you’re looking to satisfy your gumbo craving during the week or for a special weekend dinner.  It’s loaded with mostly all the ingredients in a traditional gumbo minus the crab and the roux.  Wait, let me finish don’t get alarmed.  Just allow me to explain.  Yes, it’s true that a luscious and flavorful roux is the essence to a great gumbo, but the richness and depth of flavor of this gumbo recipe is absolutely delicious.  I pinky swear.  So, Let me tell you about this easy Chicken Sausage Shrimp Gumbo recipe.  Oh, by the way, I do have a great recipe for a more traditional gumbo recipe which I will link down below.

You may have read that I completed my first Whole30 this past Spring.  If you haven’t, please feel free to read about my journey under ‘LifeStyle ‘ as it was such an awesome experience.

This Chicken Sausage Shrimp Gumbo recipe is definitely inspired by my Whole30 experience.  However, before I get into the specific ingredients on how to make this pot of deliciousness.  I must mention that this recipe is Whole30-Friendly and not Whole30.

Since my Whole30 experience, I haven’t wanted to completely go back to the way I use to eat instead I decided to eat Whole30 about 80% of the time.  This has worked for me and makes me feel really good about my body and overall health.


The ONE ingredient in this recipe that wasn’t Whole30 was brown rice flour which I used to make the slurry for thickening the gumbo.  I didn’t have Arrowroot which is a Whole30 compliant thickener, so I used what I had on hand.  If you’re on the Whole30, you would just swap out brown rice flour or cornstarch for Arrowroot.

The beauty about this recipe is that it’s rich in flavor, uses healthy ingredients, cooks fairly quickly, and uses minimal ingredients.  Here, are the ingredients:

Vegetables:  Diced white onion, green bell peppers, minced garlic

Protein: Jumbo shrimp, chicken wings, *Paleo organic chicken sausage (see photo on the brand I used).  Also, other seafood of your choice such as crab, lobster, and/or scallops


paleo chicken sausage used in chicken sausage shrimp gumbo


Seasonings: Gumbo file, kosher salt, garlic and herb seasoning, tomato paste

Liquids: Extra virgin olive oil, low sodium chicken broth, water

Thickener (Slurry): Brown rice flour and cold water

As you can see from the ingredient list, there is know reason to feel intimated by the thought of making a delicious pot of comforting gumbo that you and your family will absolutely love.


  • Brown chicken drumettes on both sides for 5 to 8 minutes.  After browning, remove chicken from skillet and set aside on clean plate
  • To the skillet, add onions, bell pepper, minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds to 1 minute
  • Add tomato paste to skillet and continue to saute for an additional 1 minute or so
  • Deglaze skillet with chicken broth and water
  • Add gumbo file, kosher salt and additional seasonings of your choice and season to taste
  • Add browned chicken drumettes and chicken sausage to skillet
  • Add slurry to thicken liquid
  • Allow to simmer for 30 to 35 minutes
  • Add more liquid if necessary and add additional seasoning if necessary
  • Add shrimp to skillet and continue to simmer for an additional 3 minutes


brown chicken in dutch oven for chicken sausage shrimp gumbo

Brown chicken in batches


saute veggies for chicken sausage shrimp gumbo in dutch oven

Saute veggies


saute tomato paste for chicken sausage shrimp gumbo in dutch oven

Add tomato paste and continue to saute


deglaze dutch oven add chicken to chicken sausage shrimp gumbo

1.  Deglaze pan with chicken broth and water

2. Add gumbo file, kosher salt, and other seasonings of choice and season to taste

3. Add chicken drumettes, chicken sausage and slurry to thicken

4. Simmer


add shrimp to chicken sausage shrimp gumbo

Add shrimp


simmer chicken sausage shrimp gumbo in dutch oven

Continue to simmer until desired flavor is reached


chicken sausage shrimp gumbo garnished with cilantro and jalapeno


By the way, if you’re looking for a more traditional gumbo.  You must check out my Seafood Chicken Gumbo Recipe.

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chicken sausage shrimp gumbo
Chicken Sausage Shrimp Gumbo
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins

Chicken Sausage Shrimp Gumbo is comfort food at it's best.  This easy recipe is seasoned to perfection and full of shrimp, chicken, and sausage in a rich and flavorful sauce.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, gumbo, what is gumbo make with
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 680 kcal
Author: CookingwithBliss
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken drumettes
  • 1/4 cup white onion diced
  • 1/4 cup green peppers diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 5 Paleo/Whole30 chicken sausage sliced
  • 2 lbs jumbo shrimp deveined
  • 1 tbsp gumbo file or more to taste
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • garlic and herb seasoning to taste
  1. Wash chicken drumettes, clean shrimp (pat dry BOTH with paper towels). Set aside.  Dice veggies and slice chicken sausage.  Set aside.

  2. To a dutch oven, skillet or pot, add extra virgin olive oil, when hot brown chicken drumettes in batches.  DO NOT WORRY ABOUT COOKING THROUGH at this point.  Remove browned chicken drumettes from skillet.  Set aside. 

  3. If skillet has too much oil, remove some of the oil.  Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic and saute for a minute or so.  Add tomato paste and continue to saute for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.  Deglaze skillet with chicken broth and water.

  4. Add gumbo file and other seasoning of your choice.  BE SURE TO SEASON WITH SALT and other seasonings of your choice.  (DURING THE COOKING PROCESS TASTE ALONG THE WAY AND ADD MORE GUMBO FILE OR OTHER SEASONING FOR DESIRED TASTE.

  5. Add in browned chicken drumettes and sliced chicken sausage and let simmer and cook down for at least 30 minutes. IF NECESSARY ADD MORE LIQUID.  Create a slurry and add to skillet to thicken.  Continue to simmer until you've reached desired taste.

  6. OPTIONAL: Garnish with sliced parsley, cilantro and/or jalapenos and top with hot sauce.

  7. Serve over cauliflower rice if (Whole30/Paleo) or white or brown rice

Recipe Notes

**Please note: Nutritional values serve as a guide only as values may vary.


Make this dish Whole30 by using Arrowroot as a thickener.


Make sure you choose a sausage that is Whole30 compliant or Paleo.  You can use beef, chicken, or pork sausage.  I prefer chicken.  The use Paleo Organic Basil & Cracked Black Pepper Smoked Chicken Sausage by Sabatino or you can try Applegate.



Nutrition Facts
Chicken Sausage Shrimp Gumbo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 680 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 693mg 231%
Sodium 3017mg 126%
Potassium 541mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Sugars 3g
Protein 77g 154%
Vitamin A 12.4%
Vitamin C 26.3%
Calcium 35.3%
Iron 38.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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