Instant Pot Chicken and Sausage Gumbo—an easy Instant Pot version of gumbo that can be as spicy or as bland as you want! It has loads of flavor and tastes amazing served with rice.
Note: the SLOW COOKER chicken and sausage gumbo recipe is in the notes section of the recipe below
Instant Pot Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Gumbo is a treasured part of New Orleans, Louisiana Creole and Cajun culture. There are many versions of gumbo out there and it’s traditionally made with whatever protein is on hand. Some favorites might include seafood, sausage or chicken. It has a stew-like consistency and is served over the top of rice.
My version of gumbo has been converted to an Instant Pot recipe and it contains andouille sausage and chicken. There’s a lot of initial chopping but then it’s pretty hands off. It only has a 1 minute pressure cooking time! The reason? The pot takes a while to come to pressure and cooks the veggies and chicken while coming to pressure. Then while the pot sits for the 10 minute natural pressure release it continues to cook. So don’t worry your chicken will definitely be cooked through.
Is it spicy? The andouille sausage is a bit spicy and if you use cayenne pepper and tabasco sauce they it’ll be even more spicy. If you don’t like spice then use kielbasa or smoked sausage in the place of andouille sausage. Leave out the cayenne pepper and don’t serve with Tabasco. It will still have lots of great flavor but it won’t be spicy!
Can I make rice at the same time? If you have a tall, long-legged trivet* then you can make jasmine, long grain white or parboiled rice at the same time. Use the pot-in-pot method by placing the rice and water in a pan that fits inside your Instant Pot. After you make the gumbo place the tall trivet in the pot and then place the rice on top of the trivet. This will work especially well in a large, 8 quart pot.
What kind of chicken is best? I like using the dark meat chicken because it stays moist and tender. I buy the big bags of it at Costco or sometimes I buy it fresh at my local Smiths (Kroger) grocery store. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe.
Can I make this low-carb? To make this low-carb you can leave out the butter/flour roux at the end. Serve over riced cauliflower instead of regular rice.
More Instant Pot Cajun Recipes…
Instant Pot Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Instant Pot Cajun Sausage And Shrimp Pasta
Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice
Instant Pot Cajun Sausage, Green Beans and Potatoes
Instant Pot Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 minute (plus 10 minute NPR)
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
An easy Instant Pot version of gumbo that can be as spicy or as bland as you want! It has loads of flavor and tastes amazing served with rice.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 medium red bell pepper, cored and diced
- 1 medium green bell pepper, cored and diced
- 1 (14 oz) package Andouille sausage, sliced into quarter inch rounds
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into bite size pieces
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (if you love spice you can add up to 1 tsp)
- 6 Tbsp butter
- 6 Tbsp flour
- For serving: hot cooked rice, diced green onion, tabasco sauce
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the oil and swirl it around. Add in the onion and saute for 4 minutes. Then add in the garlic and saute for 20 seconds. Pour in the chicken broth and scrape the bottom of the pot so that nothing is sticking. Turn off the Instant Pot.
- Add in the celery, peppers, sausage, chicken, thyme, paprika, garlic powder, bay leaves, salt, pepper and cayenne.
- Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 1 minute. When the time is up let the pot sit for 10 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. In a glass measuring cup melt the butter in the microwave and then whisk in one tablespoon of flour at a time until is is creamy and smooth. Ladle a few scoops of the hot liquid from the Instant Pot into the mixture. Stir. Then stir the whole mixture into the Instant Pot. Let the mixture thicken the contents of the Instant Pot and cook the flour for 3-5 minutes. Turn off the Instant Pot.
- Serve gumbo with rice, green onions and Tabasco, if desired.
If you don’t like spice: use smoked sausage or kielbasa in place of the andouille sausage. Leave out the cayenne pepper and don’t serve with Tabasco sauce.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.For the 8 quart pot, make the recipe with no changes. For the 3 quart pot, halve the recipe and keep the cooking time the same.
To make in the slow cooker: add onion, garlic, broth, celery, peppers, sausage, chicken (don’t cut up, put in whole), thyme, paprika, garlic powder, bay leaves, salt, pepper and cayenne into the slow cooker. In a glass measuring cup melt the butter in the microwave and then whisk in one tablespoon of flour at a time until is is creamy and smooth. Stir the mixture into the pot. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Remove the bay leaves and discard. Cut up the chicken or shred it up. Serve gumbo with rice, green onions and Tabasco, if desired.
- Method: Instant Pot
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Good spices, quick cooking, and SO YUM. Thank you for sharing!
So glad you liked it and thanks for the 5 stars!
Would the cook times be the same if using frozen chicken?
As long as the chicken is cut into bite size pieces it will be the same time
My favorite gumbo recipe ever. Thank you.
I have a quick question. I have a 6qt instant pot.. Will that fit if I double the recipe? Thank you!!
It will be close to the top I think if you double it. You may want to just 1.5 times the recipe.
First time making anything like this and it turned out awesome. My husband wants me to make it again. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
Thanks april! I’m so glad you both liked it!
Made this tonight and my wife and I both LOVED it! Used no salt chicken stock (good for the ticker), and went a little heavier on the garlic and cayenne. All the flavor I could ask for. I didn’t even miss the file seasoning, and it still tasted like gumbo. Chopped up a couple of zucchini for my low-carb wife for extra veggie goodness. I had some leftover cooked jasmine rice to throw in after cooking and mopped up the liquid at the bottom of my bowl with some sweet rolls. We even used restraint so we’d have some for tomorrow, but I can’t guarantee sleep walking won’t occur in my case. I bet that happens all the time at your house! Another great recipe Karen, Has Biden requested you to be the White House chef next January? Don’t be surprised if he asks.
Sounds so great Nice! I want some of those sweet rolls. Haha and I’m sure biden’s chef will be a lot more fancy than my home cooking.
We made this last night and it was delicious! It was so easy and flavorful. I added shrimps at the end due to husband’s request and it turned out perfect. I am not good with spicy food, but the rest of my family loves. I only added 1/4 cayenne and it was just right for me. My son added Tabasco to his and he said it went really well with it and spiced up nicely. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing!
Glad you all liked it! And yes on everyone adding their own spiciness to their own serving!
I was a little wary of making this gumbo since I live in south Louisiana. But I can honestly say this is one of the best chicken and sausage gumbo’s I have had or cooked. I used a frozen 3 blend bag of onions, celery and bell peppers. Instead of a flour roux, I used cornstarch to thicken the gumbo. Wonderful tasty gumbo!
So glad to hear you liked it Tonna! Thank you!
The recipe looks great.I will try it today.
Hope you liked it! 😊
Shari Rodgers says
I made this yesterday, it was absolutely delicious! Thank you for a fast, easy, delish recipe!
You’re welcome Shari! Glad you liked it!
Baby Listen…. that is not gumbo. That is soup. Have you ever been to Lousiana? Gumbo… true gumbo takes hours. Come down here and you will get the real thing
Hi there, I would love to try your gumbo.😊💗 This is a quick and easy version for people that use their instant pot. I realize it’s not authentic but people that come to my site aren’t looking for recipes that take hours. I take longer, more extensive recipes and make them easier.
Pam Weakly says
That looks so good! I could actually make that after work one day! Thank you for a great quick version of this recipe!
You’re welcome Pam!!!!
If I wanted to add raw shrimp or raw pork sausage, would it cook ok?
I would be worried about the raw pork sausage putting off too much grease. I would use the saute setting to brown it and drain off the grease. The shrimp would work just fine!
Jennifer Johnson says
This looks yummy. But does it really cook in 1 minute?
Yes! The coming to pressure time helps it cook!