Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Ginny Branch 
Hands-on Time
16 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 cups)

OK, so technically we can't call this a gumbo because there is no roux. But it certainly tastes like a gumbo, right down to the Cajun trinity of onion, celery, and green bell pepper. Serve with a crusty baguette for mopping up every last delicious drop.

How to Make It

Heat a medium saucepan over high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Add chicken to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring once. Remove chicken from pan with a slotted spoon; set aside. Add tomato paste and next 5 ingredients (through bay leaf); cook 6 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Add stock, okra, and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Return chicken to pan; stir in rice. Reduce heat, and simmer 9 minutes. Remove pan from heat; stir in parsley.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews


April 16, 2016
I made this last night for my husband and I, and we both had to go back for seconds, it was so good! I read the other reviews beforehand, and took the advice of someone who said to replace okra for zucchini...what a perfect change, since I'm not a huge fan of okra! This dish has a good kick to it, and as a soup lover I have to say this is probably one of my new favorite recipes! It's quick, easy and delicious, what more could you ask for?

Very hearty

May 31, 2015
Love this recipe. I make a big batch and we eat it all week. I use Kilebasa and I cut out the okra due to preference. Have made this many times and it never ceases to please

sukeedog's Review

August 23, 2014

steponme's Review

June 30, 2014
Very good, don't miss the roux here. Quick & easy weeknight meal.

abikaliah's Review

June 03, 2014
This is sooooooooooo good. You've got to try this. I made this for my daughters 18th birthday last month. Everyone loved it. I switched out the okra for zucchini only because my daughter doesn't like the texture of the okra. Now its my son's girlfriend birthday and she has asked me to make this for her birthday dinner celebration. Its so filling and if you like flavorful and spicy foods.... this is the recipe for you. not to hot but just enough. And it taste better the 2nd day if you have any left over.