Chicken Gumbo with Iceberg Ranch Wedges

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 5, 2010

This dinner is inspired by a gumbo that my dad had for lunch when we were in Dallas last month.  All I knew about gumbo was that people from LA made it. A lot.

Call me “gumbo ignorant.” I was. But no longer.  Did a little research on Wiki…and learned quite a bit.  Hop on over there and see how “gumbo savvy” you are!

I digress.

A simple soup. Err, gumbo!  With a whole LOTTA flavor.  And LOTS of leftovers.

Paired with some free iceberg lettuce and homemade garlic ranch dressing!

(Only thing missing…andouille sausage…but that woulda sent me WAY over $5! So we made do…still was delicious!)

We all loved it…boys included!

8 cups chicken stock (free if homemade)
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes ($.29)
2 cups cooked shredded chicken ($1.50)
2 12 oz. bags of gumbo frozen vegetables ($2)
2 Tbsp Emeril’s Essence seasonings ($.25)
Tabasco ($.20)
1 cup rice, brown or white ($.20)
1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, cut into wedges (free)
1/2 cup homemade garlic ranch dressing ($.40)

1. In a large saucepan, add the chicken stock. Toss in the canned tomatoes, the shredded chicken and the bags of gumbo frozen vegetables. Stir together.
2. Season with Emeril’s Essence, or other creole seasoning. Add a few dashes of Tabasco…or more if you want to give a little more heat!
3. Let simmer over medium heat for 30-45 minutes.
4. Cook 1 cup rice according to package instructions.
5. Make homemade garlic ranch dressing. Pour over iceberg wedge.

6. To serve, add about 1/2 – 3/4 cups of cooked rice to a bowl. Top with gumbo.
7. Serve Chicken Gumbo with Iceberg Garlic Ranch Wedges.

Cost $4.84

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Becky March 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Aw, I’ll give you my gumbo recipe if you want it – just shoot me an email. This is more of a soup since it doesn’t have a roux (flour/oil mix). But it looks good – I’ll have to try it.

Oh, and I bet if you add rice to thus as it cooks it’ll be pretty close to jambalaya.


Ellen @ CheapCooking March 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm

This dressing looks good but so does Pioneer Woman’s version. Decisions, decisions! Thinking I might try yours but with buttermilk since I just bought some.


Tami March 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

This looks delish!!


veterankindergartenteacher March 6, 2010 at 12:27 am

This is such a terrific site! Thanks so much for the post and recipes!!!


Betsy March 6, 2010 at 7:51 am

We love gumbo, too! But, we really, really (really!) like the andouille. So, I use half the amount of chicken you do, plus, instead of using 2 bags of gumbo veggies, I chop my own peppers, onions, and celery, and I just use a bag of frozen okra. Sometimes, instead of okra, I use file powder (my dh prefers file over okra; I like okra better). Either way, by doing these things (and only using 1/2 pound of okra), you can still keep the price under $5, and you get your andouille! :)


lisa piq March 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I mix my own creole seasoning
1 tblspn paprika,kosher salt,garlic powder,pepper
1 1/2 onion powder,cayenne pepper,oregano and tyme
1/2 teaspoon white pepper


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom March 8, 2010 at 8:10 pm

@lisa piq,

Thanks for sharing Lisa!



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