Greek Style Chicken and Okra

Mar 2, 2021 | Main Dishes, Recipes

A Message From Our Nutritionist

Okra’s really an amazingly good fruit (yes it’s served as a vegetable) for its fibre content.  Also known as lady fingers, it’s a staple in Southern, Caribbean and Indian cooking.  It’s also high in vitamins A, C and K while being low in calories.

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 50 min

Portions: 6 ppl

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 small onions, diced

  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (398 ml size)

  • 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper

  • 2 lbs fresh okra (stems trimmed and washed)

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar

  • 12 chicken thighs (bone-in or out)

  • ¾ Cup water or chicken stock

Directions

  1. Salt and pepper the chicken.
  2. Add olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat . Once the oil is shimmering, add the chicken and brown on both slides. Remove and reserve to a plate.
  3. Add onions and garlic and saute until translucent.
  4. Add in okra, diced tomatoes, and all other seasonings and liquids. Stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a simmer and add back the chicken.
  6. Close the lid and cook for 30-40 minutes until chicken and okra are tender.
  7. Remove the lid and simmer until some liquid evaporates and the consistency becomes less watery.

NUTRITIONIST’S TIP:

Fun Story here….I learned how to cook this recipe from my husband’s Aunt.  We were in Cyprus one summer and she was preparing this for lunch.  It’s a really rustic dish that I assume she learned from her family growing up in Greece.  All that to say, I’m still making it to this day over a decade later.  It’s a favorite of my husband and son.  If you have any preconceived ideas that okra is slimy, I can tell you that it all goes away once it’s cooked.  

 

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