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This quick skillet stew may remind you of gumbo, if you serve it with a mound of white rice. Start the chicken first, so the fresh flavors of okra, corn, and tomatoes stay light and bright with only a brief simmering time at the end. Instead of rice, you can create a complete dinner plate with a side of roasted potatoes and a crisp, green salad. Add a piece of crusty bread, in either case, for a satisfying summer meal.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
50 mins
1 hr 5 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat olive oil in a deep, 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Season each chicken thigh with Cajun seasoning and black pepper. Add chicken to shimmering oil and cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side.

  • Add chicken broth, chopped onion, and minced garlic. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the chicken is almost done, about 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (71 degrees C).

  • Increase heat to medium, add okra, corn, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Replace lid, reduce heat to low, and simmer until vegetables are soft and internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 10 more minutes.

  • Mix water and cornstarch together in a small bowl and stir into the sauce rapidly until thickened, about 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

257 calories; protein 21.1g; carbohydrates 11.7g; fat 14g; cholesterol 71.4mg; sodium 342.8mg. Full Nutrition