I agree with others that 4 teaspoons of Creole seasoning if too much for most children and many adults. My family would be happy with half that. You might try sprinkling the chicken with Montreal Chicken Seasoning and adding Creole seasoning to taste if you're cooking for kids or those who do not like "spicy".
We love this dish! I have made it with and without the gumbo vegetables as okra is not my favorite. Both ways are good. As a substitute I used chopped fresh red pepper and chopped onion. The field peas are similar to black eyed peas. So good!
The chicken itself is really good, fall off the bone tender. Veggies, not so good - one improvement might be to use the veggies frozen, instead of thawing before adding to the cooker. The okra turned out particularly slimy and overcooked. Also, the veggies came out too spicy for my 8YO daughter.
I found all the vegetables called for in several grocery stores, all Pict Sweet brand. I live in Alabama, which is where Southern Living's editorial offices are located, so this may be a regional brand. The gumbo vegetables blend has onion, red bell pepper, corn, okra and celery. Hope this helps!
I made this for Sunday night. I couldn't find the gumbo mix so I used soup vegetable mix. Of course, I added a whole lot more creole and some garlic salt. I sent some with my boyfriend to work that night and he called me later raving about how outstanding it was. My son acted the same way. We are adding it to the rotation.
Made this today and it was really good. I couldn't find the corn mix but I did find the field peas and gumbo mix at Walmart. It was the pict sweet brand.
This dish is on the cover of a Southern Living special edition featureng slow cooker recipes. I bought the the edition wanting to make this recipe, but cannot find some of the ingredients!!! This issue is on display til March of 2013 so although I see it was first featured in 2010, I would have thought the ingredients readily available in major grocery stores. There was even a tip from the "test kitchen". I would love to know what brands of frozen foods were used and where they were found when this recipe was tested. Please help.
Would love to try this recipe, but cannot locate all of the ingredients! Have been to all the major grocery stores in my area and cannot find frozen vegetable gumbo mix or frozen baby gold and white corn. Any suggestions??