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25.9.14

Slow Cooker Chicken Okra Stew #Weekend Bites

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Slow Cooker Chicken Okra Stew- simplelivingeating.com


My family and I have started to adjust to our busy Fall schedule. I am making lots of slow cooker meals because two nights a week my kids are at a fencing class. They leave at 5:30 and are back home at 8:30 pm. I never know if they want to eat before or after it, so I like to have dinner ready. If I don't have something made, they snack. Even quality granola bars are not going to give them the same nutrition as a home cooked meal... so slow cooker to the rescue!


Last night I made this Slow Cooker Chicken Okra Stew. I love okra, but my husband is not a fan, so I decided to sneak this meal in while he was away on business. When I asked the kids what they thought of the meal, they both loved it. 

"Whatever you put in it? It was good."


Slow Cooker Chicken Okra Stew- simplelivingeating.com

And it was, quick to make, a little different because we don't eat okra or have Cajun seasoning very often. Give it a try, you might be surprised at how much your family likes this dish.


Slow Cooker Chicken Okra Stew- simplelivingeating.com


Slow Cooker Chicken Okra Stew

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Ingredients:

1 large onion chopped
1 celery stalk chopped
2 hot red cherry peppers minced*
1 orange bell pepper chopped
2 cups of chopped fresh okra
3 medium tomatoes chopped
1.5 to 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs

sauce:
1 cup chicken broth
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tablespoon of cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon of red cayenne pepper or more
4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt 
1 teaspoon of pepper


Directions:

1) Layer in a large slow cooker the ingredients in the order listed start with onions on the bottom and top with frozen chicken. This keeps the chicken from over cooking.

2) Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and pour them over the chicken.

3) Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. The dish is done when the chicken is cooked through.

4) Before serving remove the chicken and shred it. Stir it back into the stew and check that there is enough salt and pepper. You may want to add more cayenne for heat.

*NOTE: Jarred hot red cherry peppers can be used. You can also substitute 1 red bell pepper but add a little more cayenne for heat. 







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28 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting Diane. I can't persuade my husband to eat okra either...
    Sam

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  2. thanks for hosting Diane....I love all those features! I love okra too!! Have a great evening! :)

    Sandi @ A new York Foodie

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    1. Thanks Sandi, okra sure isn't common in NY.

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  3. Hi Diane,
    Thanks so much for featuring my Stuffed Poblanos, what a nice surprise! With a busy family the slow cooker gets a good work out or at least mine always did. We love okra and would love your chicken and okra stew, it looks delicious!
    Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for the party.
    Miz Helen

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    1. You are very welcome Miz Helen. In general I love your recipes. I love my slow cooker. It has been working over time lately.

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  4. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. Have a great weekend.
    Annamaria

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  5. My husband actually introduced me to okra. It's been years since we've had it though. This sounds delicious.

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    1. Well, I won't say you are in okra country now, but you should give it a try again.

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  6. I'm using my slow cooker a lot more now too! Your Chicken Okra Stew looks delicious, Diane. This week I've shared some delicious Recipes to Use Up Overripe Bananas. Thank you for hosting and have a lovely weekend!

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    1. I looked at your banana recipes... delicious. Do you have okra in the UK?

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    2. It's not easy to find, but I do see if from time to time :-)

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    3. And thank you - I'm glad you enjoyed the banana recipes :-)

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  7. Thanks so much for featuring my Blueberry Torte! When I was a girl my mom grew okra, don't think I've had it since then but your chicken okra stew looks amazing! Thanks for hosting!

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    1. You are very welcome. Excellent Torte. I would love to see okra growing... is it a vine plant?

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  8. Thanks for the party, Diane. I'm loving all the fresh dishes with healthy ingredients. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. Thanks for the party Diane:) Have a great weekend~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  10. Thanks Diane for featuring my Roasted Rosemary Pork Chops with Honey Mustard Cream Sauce, what an honor! I'm going to have to try your chicken okra stew seeing how my hubby is a fan of okra, I'm always needed more chicken recipes!

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  11. okra is one of my fave veggies - love this stew

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  12. I truly enjoy okra, and know I would love your slow cooker chicken stew! Sounds delicious!

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  13. Hi Diane,
    Hope you are having a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  14. I've never put okra in soup but I can't way to try it now!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  15. Okra is one of those things that I disliked as a child but love now (Eggplant falls into the same category). This is such a Creole recipe Diane. Classic onion-celery-bell pepper trinity and tomatoes. Looks delicious! Thank you for linking!

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    1. I am so happy to hear that it's very creole. I wanted to be as authentic as possible but still keep it simple for us non-creole folks.

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