Chicken Gumbo

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Appears in
Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking

By Craig Claiborne

Published 1987

  • About

Gumbo is as essential to the lexicon of Southern cookery as clam chowder is to that of New England or scrapple is to that of the Pennsylvania Dutch country. The word derives from the Bantu word gombo, meaning okra, and first appeared in American print in the year 1803. The name was brought over, of course, by the slaves.


  • cups peanut, vegetable, or corn oil
  • cups flour
  • 2


  • Heat a large heavy skillet and add 1 cup oil. When it starts to smoke, add cups flour and cook, stirring, until the roux becomes quite dark, a rusty caramel color. Do not let it burn or