Low-carb "Gumbalaya"

Low-carb “Gumbalaya”

Gumbalaya is not really a thing. Until now. There’s gumbo and there’s jambalaya, but Kristie has taken the best bits from both and it’s delicious! Gumbalaya is very hearty with a thick broth, chicken, kielbasa and shrimp. It has just a few veggies and is tasty on its own, or served over cauli rice.

Low-carb “Gumbalaya”

Gumbalaya is not really a thing. Until now. There’s gumbo and there’s jambalaya, but Kristie has taken the best bits from both and it’s delicious! Gumbalaya is very hearty with a thick broth, chicken, kielbasa and shrimp. It has just a few veggies and is tasty on its own, or served over cauli rice.
USMetric
10 servingservings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup 125 ml coconut oil or bacon fat
  • 2½ lbs 1.1 kg boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 2 minced garlic cloveminced garlic cloves
  • 1 1 yellow onionyellow onions
  • 1 1 small green bell peppersmall green bell peppers
  • 3 3 celery stalk choppedcelery stalks chopped
  • 1 cup 225 ml fresh okra
  • 28 oz. 800 g crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup 125 ml water
  • 2 cups 475 ml beef broth
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp gumbo filé
  • 18 tsp 18 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 12 oz. 350 g kielbasa thinly sliced
  • 1 lb 450 g shrimp peeled and deveined

Instructions

Instructions are for 10 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Melt coconut oil or bacon fat in a large cast iron skillet. Add cubed chicken and minced garlic. Mix and sauté until chicken is browned.
  2. Add sliced onion and green bell pepper and stir with chicken until vegetables are soft.
  3. Add salt, cajun seasoning, gumbo filé and cayenne. Stir into chicken mix and continue to cook for a minute.
  4. Add the thinly sliced kielbasa, celery, okra and crushed tomatoes along with bone broth and stir until will mixed.
  5. Return the pan to a low boil and continue stirring as the sauce thickens.
  6. Let the gumbalaya simmer on low heat for at least 15 minutes. The longer it simmers, the more intense the flavor will be.
  7. When the vegetables are tender and the sauce has thickened, add the shrimp and simmer for two to three minutes until shrimp is pink and cooked through.

Tips!

If you purchase broth, please be sure to check the ingredients and the nutritional information. Also, store bought broth often tends to be low in fat. For these reasons, it is generally a good idea to make your own bone broth.

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Low-carb Gumbalaya

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12 comments

  1. Tamara
    I just made this and it is diviiiiine. Followed the recipe to a T, except I let it simmer for the first 15 mins, added the shrimp, then let it simmer for an additional 15. I’m not sure I’ll get 10 servings out of it, probably 5 haha, sooooo good ??
  2. Kari
    Just made this and it was good. My husband said I can make it anytime as it is one of his top favorite recipes off of Diet Doctor. Unfortunately, had to buy frozen okra and they don't sell Gumbo File locally and to order it online, I'd have to spend $25 for them to ship the $1 item. So we were missing the thickening agent. Next time, I'll go heavier on the seasonings as we are "spicy" people. Also, I ended up doubling the beef broth to give it more juices.
  3. Barbara
    Made this over the weekend. Absolutely love it. It came out so well, going to make it again. It taste better then my mother’s Gumbo that weekend- don’t tell her ? This low-carb meal was perfect. Thank you Diet Doctor.
  4. Siveenajensen
    Really good couldn’t find the gumbo file used corn starch also used italan sausages could not find okra found the spices were perfect we will be doing it again every one wanted more .
  5. Michele
    This recipe has been calling to me ever since I first saw it - and I finally gave in on the hottest, sweatiest Sydney summer day. It was rich and tasty - I also upped the spice. Okra not common near me so I just left it out and couldn't find either kielbasa or andouille sausage so used chorizo instead. This is truly delicious, very forgiving with substitutions and was told it is a new family favourite. Might wait till winter to make it again!
  6. Alex
    Just made this for dinner - absolutely amazing! I too upped the spices ever so slightly, but the flavours in this meal are intense and delicious. Will definitely be adding this to my favourites list!
  7. Scott
    Amazing third time I make it and it's amazing, this time I used andouille sausage.... it taste amazing!!
  8. Richelle
    Does it freeze well?
  9. Sharon
    Hi, I want to try this recipe but I'm wondering what are the nutrition facts, please😊
    Reply: #10
  10. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi, I want to try this recipe but I'm wondering what are the nutrition facts, please😊

    Click the + Nutrition tab underneath the ingredient list for the nutrition facts.

    --Kristin

  11. Andrew
    Made this last night. gumbo file is a challenge to buy in the UK so it was missing

    In spite of that it was delicious and so easy to make

    I can thoroughly recommend it

  12. debbie
    I made this for dinner Friday night. We are having again tonight (and yes we had it Saturday night for dinner as well). I love this reciepe. I did add more broth-I like it soupy and did up the spice level a bit. One of my favorite recipes so far! Thank you!!!

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