South Carolina Gumbo

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.

Yield: Makes 10 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped
  • 2 cups okra, chopped
  • 2 (14 1/2-oz.) cans chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup instant rice, uncooked

Preparation

  1. 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.
  2. Add rice and simmer 15 more minutes.
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