Photo: Kwaku Alston; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Total Time
1 Hour
6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)

This hearty Chicken and Okra Stew is something like Brunswick stew, that old-fashioned Southern favorite—only the Haitian version is certainly fierier, thanks to the habanero. If you don't like it quite so spicy, use a seeded, minced jalapeño, which is somewhat fruitier and not as powerful.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half of chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from pan. Add remaining chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from pan.

Step 2

Cut habanero in half. Seed one half of pepper, and leave seeds in other half. Mince both pepper halves. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add minced habanero, bell pepper, onion, and celery; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add tomato; cook 3 minutes or until tomato softens. Add parsley and next 5 ingredients (through broth); bring to a boil. Return chicken to pan; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Add okra; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until okra is just tender.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Momini's Review

August 24, 2014
I love this stew! I didn't find it to be soupy at all, possibly because I subbed in a can of diced tomatoes for the fresh. In fact, I added twice the broth called for. I serve this with cornbread to soak up the juices, and I add a few hits of sriracha when I'm feeling feisty. Spicy and satisfying, particularly on a cool day!

Abetterpie's Review

August 07, 2014

user's Review

August 07, 2014
Habanero without the seeds was hot enough for us. A little soupy, I won't cook the veggies as long next time. I will serve leftovers with rice.

J0snowbunnie's Review

August 20, 2013
I like okra, but this was alittle too slimy, even for me. It is not very good as leftovers either.

shawnkp's Review

July 09, 2013
I was drawn to this recipe mainly because of the habanero pepper! I love spicy sauces and stews and this one hit the mark 100%. I did omit the cloves, and also used stewed tomato instead of the plum tomato. Very flavorful--will make again and again.

steponme's Review

May 12, 2013
Great tasting chicken stew. As a few other reviewers did, I also subbed the habanero and used a Serrano pepper.

TheCatWomman's Review

August 15, 2012
It was fabulous! Didn't necessarily stay with the exact proportions of the vegies; just threw in everything I needed to use up. Will make it over and over again.

UNClindsey's Review

July 19, 2010
I liked the flavors of this a lot (I used a whole, unseeded jalapeno), but I agree with others that it was a little too soupy. We served it over brown rice, and I still wish I had a little something to thicken it up with. My husband added plain yogurt, which worked, but it also cooled it down a little. Definitely worth playing with when all this produce is fresh at the market.

ChefAmandaLynn's Review

May 19, 2010
I used jalapeno as well (didn't seed it) and it had some HEAT. I used frozen okra, can't find fresh in Southern California, and it cooked beutifully. It turned out a litte soupy, next time I would simmer it uncovered for the last 15 minutes. We also served it over rice for a complete meal.

arahbee's Review

May 06, 2010
Subbed in 1/2 poblano for some of the green pepper. Great, hot recipe! Love the okra.