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Cajun Chicken and Okra

I created this meal-in-a-dish recipe many years ago, before I left Louisiana. To the chicken recipe that my mother and grandmother made, which they called “smothered chicken,” I added sliced okra, chopped tomatoes and green pepper and optionally, a serrano hot pepper.

Source: I created this to find another use for okra, which I love. (Entered by Kathleen Ferris)
Serves: 4 hungry Jacks, 6 moderately hungry


Ingredients
1/4 cup olive oil
6 pieces c. 2 1/2+ lbs meaty pieces of free-range chicken
2 cups chopped onion
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1 serrano pepper, minced (opt)
1 lb sliced Clemson okra
2 -3 cups fresh tomatoes, diced

Step by Step Instructions
  1. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper to taste. c 1 tsp. salt.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet and saute chicken until lightly browned.
  3. To the skillet, add onion and cook until translucent. Add peppers and cook briefly. Add okra and saute about 10 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes.
  4. Lower heat, DO NOT ADD WATER, cover and allow chicken and vegetables to cook in their own juices until chicken is cooked through. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  5. Serve over hot, cooked rice, either white or brown.

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