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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe – Inspired by Princess Tiana

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Inspired by Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog story”, this quick and easy 30 Minute Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe is sure to please! A one pot meal designed to help your kids explore the flavors of New Orleans. Roll up your sleeves, turn on some jazz and channel your inner Princess Tiana with this easy one pot meal!


Chicken and Sausage Gumbo in pot and in bowl with princess tiana doll beside



Gumbo and Jambalaya have always been one of our favorite dishes to make, but one that we don’t make often because it usually takes a while and our children don’t usually like it because it is spicer than they typically enjoy. But they were all for trying it again for the sake of eating like Princess Tiana! (oh, the power of suggestion!). With a few shortcuts we were able to create one of the easiest gumbo recipes ever, and one that kids and adults alike will love!


Welcome to the Eat Like A Princess Series!

I designed this series as a fun way to teach my daughters about new cultures through the classic Princesses in hopes that they will become more open to trying new foods, to understand other cultures better, and to enjoy exploring the world around them. All while still:

  • containing real food
  • be super easy
  • take about 30 minutes (or as close to it as we can).

You can see other recipes in this series here.



Bowl of Chicken Sausage Gumbo with pot in background


Princess Tiana & The Story of The Princess and the Frog

“The Frog Prince” is a well known story by the Brothers Grimm and is a classic tale featuring a beautiful princess. I find it really funny that in the version written by the brothers, the curse is lifted off the prince when the Princess throws him against a wall in disgust, haha! It is only in modern times when the Princess kisses him.


Disney’s version is a more modern twist on the classic tale. It is set in the city of New Orleans in the 1920’s, and both food and a love of jazz, rhythm and blues plays a big part in this movie. I love that Princess Tiana is not only the first (and so far, only) African-American Princess, she actually isn’t a princess at all – and this girl has big dreams and an even bigger worth ethic! Tiana works her butt off at various jobs so she can earn enough money to one day open her own restaurant. Any princess who is a strong-willed woman and also a big-time foodie gets an A+ in my book.


bowl of chicken sausage gumbo with princess tiana doll beside it


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Easy 30 Minute Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Shortcuts:

Normally Gumbo takes several hours to make, but a few shortcuts will turn this into a quick 30 minute meal that your kids can help you make AND will enjoy eating! The result is a hearty and flavorful recipe packed with chicken and smokey sausage, just like Princess Tiana would have enjoyed!

  • Use the microwave-ready pouches of rice to shorten cooking time and reduce the number of pots you dirty. We like this brown rice and quinoa one, but you can use a white rice, too! We used 2 pouches for this recipe.
  • Buy a rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store so you don’t have to cook the meat! My local store sells the meat already pulled off the bones, which makes a HUGE time saver!
  • Buy your carrots, peppers and onions pre-chopped will save you time. Look for shredded carrots in the produce section and you can find chopped onions and peppers either in the produce section or in the freezer section! It is up to you to weight your budget vs time and see which is most important that day.


Easy Chicken Gumbo in blue le Cruset Pot


Get your Kids in the Kitchen:

Getting your kids in the kitchen with you is an excellent way to help them be more interested and excited about their food – which means they are most likely to actually eat it! Below you will find easy ways to have your kids help you cook Princess Tiana’s Gumbo Recipe!

  • Children aged 0-3 can help you pick out the produce at the store, measure the ingredients and set the table.
  • Children aged 4-7 can help you do everything above, plus help chop the produce, slice the sausage, microwave the rice pouches, and help stir the Gumbo while cooking.
  • Children aged 8-12 can help you remove the chicken meat from the rotisserie, help make the roux, and do most of the cooking/stirring.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise!


One Pan Chicken Sausage Gumbo


Read More about The Princess and The Frog Story:

*This post contains affiliate links. See more about what that means on my disclosure page.

  • The Frog Prince, Continued is a really funny retelling about what happens AFTER the Prince gets turned back into a prince. Perfect for Kindergarteners!
  • This version of The Frog Prince is very close to the original Grimm Brother’s story, with gorgeous illustrations!
  • If you are looking for the Disney tale, I love this little golden book version of The Princess and the Frog.
  • The Frog Princess (Tales of the Frog Princess) is a fun chapter book aimed at 8-12 year olds. In this version, 14 year old Princess Emma, who is not very princessey at all gets turned into a frog and has to figure out how to return to human form. This is actually the first in a series about Princess Emma). Admittedly, we haven’t read this book yet, but it is on our TBR pile and has really good reviews online!


Yield: 6 Servings

30 Minute Chicken and Sausage Gumbo for Tiana - Eat Like A Princess Recipe

30 Minute Chicken and Sausage Gumbo for Tiana - Eat Like A Princess Recipe

This quick and easy 30 Minute Chicken & Sausage Gumbo Recipe for Princess Tiana is sure to please your whole family. An easy one pot meal designed to help your kids explore the flavors of New Orleans and "Eat Like A Princess!"

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 8 oz precooked andouille sausage
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt/pepper to taste (about 1/2 tsp each)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp creole spice
  • 1 can diced tom
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 TBSP fresh chopped parsley


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Place the 2 TBSP of oil into the pan and allow to warm.
  3. Add the sliced sausages to the pan, and cook the sausage until browned, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes, and then remove to a plate. Keep warm.
  4. Add the butter to the skillet and allow to melt.
  5. Add the onions, celery, and green pepper to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  6. Add in the minced garlic and allow it to cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  7. Stir in the flour.
  8. Add in the can of tomatoes, the cajun seasoning, and mix well to combine.
  9. Slowly add in the chicken broth, about a 1/4 cup at a time, stirring to combine well before each new addition.
  10. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Add in the shredded rotisserie chicken,the sliced sausage, stirring to mix well, and allow to warm through, about 5 minutes.
  12. Top with fresh chopped parley and rice and enjoy!


  • If your children find Andouille Sausage to be too spicy, you can replace with Kielbasa.
  • Shorten cooking time by using pre-chopped carrots, onions and peppers found in your local grocery store (check the fresh produce and/or the freezer section!)
  • You can use either Cajun or Creole seasoning here. The main difference is that you use "cajun" make sure you add 1 tsp of dried oregano to the recipe!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 430 Total Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 83mg Sodium: 650mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g Protein: 23g

Looking for other easy meals designed to get kids to eat?

Check out the rest of the Eat Like A Princess Series!

Eat Like A Princess Series Recipes


  • Reply
    January 22, 2018 at 9:12 PM

    I love Gumbo! Haven’t had any in a while! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    January 23, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    I had no idea it took so long to make gumbo. Actually, I didn’t have much idea about what gumbo was anyways. Love how you shortened the cook time to 30 minutes!

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    Abby @ WinsteadWandering
    January 23, 2018 at 2:37 AM

    I love the concept behind this series SO much! I have two picky eaters (the jury’s still out on the third), and, like you, the best luck I’ve had with getting them to try new foods is to get them involved in the cooking process. They aren’t super into Disney princesses, but I could see adapting your idea to suit their interests. Thank you for sharing!

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    Amy Nash
    January 23, 2018 at 4:38 AM

    This is a good one Jenni! I like your shortcuts for making this a 30 minute option and I defnitely need to look into some of those book recommendations for my girls! Sounds totally delicious!

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    Alicia Taylor
    January 23, 2018 at 6:04 PM

    I haven’t seen this movie, but I love how you’ve integrated her origins into this recipe. It sounds like a great way to get kids to eat different foods. Looking forward to seeing what you do for Moana! I’m also always amused at how much different the original fairy tales are compared to the modern twists.

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    Veena Azmanov
    January 24, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    I have not eaten gumbo in years. This sounds so delicious. Love the flavors used and best part it gets ready in only 30 minutes.

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    January 24, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    I love that this has shredded chicken in it, I don’t eat pork so I’d try and hunt down a poultry-based sausage! Such a great dish.

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    Calleigh Keibler
    January 24, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    The last time I ate this dish was 2 years ago since my grandma loved to cook this gumbo. And the fact that you made this into a 30-minute meal is a winner to me. Can’t wait to try this on weekend.

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    January 24, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Love your eat like a princess series! It’s a great way to get the kids eat their meals. Will share with my sister whose daughter is a picky eater!

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    January 24, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Wow, 30 minutes for Gumbo? I’m in!

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    January 25, 2018 at 1:39 AM

    That’s so fun that your delicious gumbo recipe is only 30 minutes!! I love gumbo. My brother in law makes a great gumbo, but he doesn’t live near me soooo, I have your delightful recipe so I can have gumbo!! Win-win!

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    Patti @Patty Cake's Pantry
    January 25, 2018 at 7:30 AM

    I love gumbo, but as you said, it’s so time consuming to prepare that I usually reserve it for a weekend. This recipe is perfect for a weeknight, and I can’t wait to try it. I’ve pinned it, so I will be able to make it later. I must confess that I’m jealous. My store doesn’t sell rotisserie chicken meat already pulled from the bones. THAT would be nice.

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    Tamara Andersen
    January 25, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Your gumbo recipe looks delicious, and great for when you have that gumbo craving but no time to stir a roux! BTW, I love the advice on getting kids in the kitchen… I raised 4 sons in the kitchen, and they all cook! The youngest is a formally trained professional chef!

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    dixya @food, pleasure, and health
    January 27, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    love the idea of getting your kids to be more involved in kitchen and exposing to different flavors and cuisines.

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    Amanda Mason
    January 28, 2018 at 9:02 PM

    I love a good gumbo and a 30 minute version…I’m sold! I’m going to have to make this one! I love that this dish has a lot of protein and thanks for linking out to that creole spice…because I was thinking…..what’s in that I wonder? Love this series! Can’t wait to follow more!

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures
    February 6, 2018 at 3:59 AM

    I’ve never had gumbo, but I sure want to try this!

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    February 6, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    I’ve never had gumbo before, but this looks easy and delicious!

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    Liz @ Books n' Cooks
    February 8, 2018 at 12:08 AM

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the gumbo that I’ve had but this sounds wonderful. I’m going to need to make your version, instead of the semi-homemade version I was served. I bet the flavors are amazing and it’s not nearly as salty.

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    Jade @ Jonesin' For Taste
    February 10, 2018 at 4:49 AM

    There isn’t any dish that makes me think of the south more than gumbo! It’s such a perfect pairing for Tiana!

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