Chicken Gumbo Ya Ya

Jenny Powers


This is a wonderful and flavorful recipe that everyone will enjoy. I know this will be a family favorite for you too.


★★★★★ 1 vote

30 Min
3 Hr
Stove Top


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  • 4
    bone in chicken breasts
  • 2
    celery ribs, with leaves
  • 1
    carrot, left whole and ends removed
  • 1
    medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3
    bay leaves
  • 3
    quarts of water
  • 1
    teaspoon of salt
  • 1
    bag of frozen unbreaded okra
  • 1 1/2 c
    chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 c
    chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 c
    chopped carrot
  • 2
    bay leaves, dried
  • 3/4 tsp
    ground thyme
  • 1/2 tsp
    marjoram, dried
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 can(s)
    16 oz petite diced tomatoes
  • ·
    salt to taste
  • ·
    pepper to taste
  • ·
    cayenne to taste
  • 32 oz
    container of chicken broth
  • 4 Tbsp
    cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp
    file powder
  • 1 1/2
    cups of rice cooked following package directions

How to Make Chicken Gumbo Ya Ya


  1. Place the chicken in 3 quarts of water and add all ingredients down to the first salt ingredient. Simmer until the chicken is done (about 30 mins). Remove the chicken and place the bones back in the pot, continue to simmer for another 45 mins.Skim the top for foam.
  2. Remove the onion, celery and carrot, then place all other ingredients except the okra and rice in the pot after you remove the bones. Simmer for 1 hour, then put the okra in and simmer for 15 more mins. You can also add more of the spices to your taste at this point.
  3. Cook the rice following package directions while the soup is simmering and set aside.
  4. When the soup is done, place 1/2 cup cooked rice in the bottom of a serving bowl with the gumbo on top.
    Serve with garlic bread.


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About Chicken Gumbo Ya Ya

Course/Dish: Chicken, Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Hashtags: #Gumbo, #creole

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