Okra imparts a rich flavor to the gumbo and aids in its thickening as it simmers. It's also what gives this gumbo its Southern name.
Heat oil in a stockpot. Add onion, celery and green pepper, saute over medium-high heat until tender. Add chicken and remaining ingredients except rice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15 minutes or until chicken is done.
Add rice and simmer 15 more minutes.
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