Gumbo Rice Bake is a recipe I first came across in Paula Deen’s The Deen Family Cookbook. It’s not actually her recipe; it’s her son, Bobby’s. Her sons’ recipes typically fit into a healthier lifestyle, at least compared to the stereotype (butter, anyone?). The original recipe is cooked in one pot, and very easy to make. But for those of us who are faithful Ninja Cooking System users, it needs a little adjusting. That’s where I enter the equation!
So I absolutely love gumbo. But man, is it an involved recipe. I spend more time making the roux than I typically spend cooking my entire weeknight evening meal. Gumbo the way I like it requires a good chunk of weekend time to do up right. Unless a special occasion calls for it, my bowls won’t likely be filled with gumbo on any given weeknight.
When I discovered this recipe, gumbo turned into something that could become a weeknight affair. After only a little bit of prep work, you spend the rest of the passive cooking time any which way you please. When you come back to the kitchen, you have a hot, delicious meal ready and waiting.
With Mardi Gras coming up, you can try Gumbo Rice Bake and enjoy a dish that spotlights a little bit of traditional southern flair—without spending 45 minutes impatiently tending to a roux. But I don’t limit it to Mardi Gras time. This recipe stays on my dinner lineup all year long.
The best part? Using the Ninja Cooking System for the Gumbo Rice Bake will keep the kitchen cool and comfortable during those hot summer months.
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Note: Be sure not to skip the step of thoroughly rinsing the brown rice. Too much starch remaining on the rice can cause excessive bubbling in the cooker.
Turn the dial on the Ninja Cooking System to STOVETOP HIGH. Preheat for 3 minutes.
Add the extra virgin olive oil to the cooker. While it's heating, season the chicken breasts to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the seasoned chicken breasts in the cooker and sear for 3 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken to a cutting board with silicone-tipped tongs, and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Add the diced onion and bell pepper to the cooker and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Add the rice and chicken stock to the cooker and cover. Cook for 10 minutes.
Open the cooker and add the chicken, tomatoes, Cajun seasoning and bay leaf. Turn the dial on the Ninja Cooking System to OVEN at 250℉. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
Finally, open the cooker and stir in the andouille sausage and cut okra. Cover and cook an additional 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and serve. Enjoy!
I tackle life with enthusiasm and positivity, and I'm on a mission to spread the feel good factor to others. Food is often my tool of choice for making that happen. I realized that it worked for me when my cooking helped me land my husband, Rob. I'm a spontaneous entertainer and always ready for a party.