When Steve and I lived in the Dominican Republic, one of our favorite side dishes was smothered okra. I would go into the fruit and veggie market and get a pound of fresh okra. I’d grab some peppers and an onion, then I’d probably pay $1 for it all…maybe $1.25, and I’d be on my way.
Eddy was my market man…and he always gave me a great deal! Nothing had prices on it, but I knew he was giving me
(While there are a number of things that I miss about our days in the Dominican Republic…our friends, our church, the simplicity of life, the slower pace…I especially miss the insanely cheap prices on fresh fruit and vegetables.
Insane-ly. Insane-ly. Cheap.
(I often wonder if I still lived there, if I could make all these $5 Dinners for just $3 or $4 with the cheaper produce prices!)
Once I got home, I’d rinse and start chopping…sauteing the vegetables with some canned tomatoes for a delicious smothered okra side dish.
And here I’ve turned this side dish favorite into a full meal…
Let’s get to it, shall we?!
Saute the chicken pieces in olive oil with some salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning.
Toss in a bag of frozen okra.
Then a bag of mixed peppers.
(Add them frozen, no need to thaw.)
Add can of Rotel.
Mix and toss.Â Cooked a few more minutes, until the veggies begin to thaw.
Add a few drops of Tabasco. Or a lotta drops of Tabasco.
Whatever kind of heat you like.
Cover and bake. Serve over brown rice.
Smothered Okra with Chicken and Rice
- 1 1/2 cups white rice
- 1.5 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
- Couple dashes Cajun seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- 1 bag frozen okra
- 1 bag frozen pepper blend
- 10 oz can Rotel
- Couple drops Tabasco
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the white rice (or brown rice will work too) according to package instructions.
- Saute the chicken pieces in olive oil with some Cajun seasoning and salt and pepper.
- Add the okra and pepper blends, then add the Rotel. Mix up and add in some drops of Tabasco.
- Once the veggies have thawed, cover and move the dutch oven to the oven.
- Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken has cooked through. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken.
- Serve Smothered Okra and Chicken with juices over the brown rice.
That looks wonderful! I need to add okra to my shopping list.
Ashley @ Savings in Season says
Oh, I love some okra! I can’t wait to make something similar with what’s in my freezer!
Phoebe @ GettingFreedom says
Anything with Okra has got to be good! We have an abundance of it come gardening season.
[email protected] Balance Sheet says
I have never had okra, so I’m not sure what I’m missing.
Thanks for the link-up.
That looks delicious! Were the prices on all foods a lot cheaper when compared to the US?
I WAS JUST READING OVER YOUR RECIPE FOR THE SMOTHERED OKRA AND CHICKEN AND COULDN’T FIND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IT WOULD FEED. DID I MISS IT?
HOW MANY WILL IT FEED
THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND CONSIDERATION AND TIME
YOUR IN CHRIST
Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom says
JOJO, It will feed 4 people 🙂
I tried this recipe tonight and LOVED IT! I’ll definitely make it again.
This looks delicious? Is it spicy though? I guess it depends how heavy you go on the Tabasco etc… I think I want to try this out this week.
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