If your like us life is busy, and it’s a blessing when you can literally throw everything into the pot and dinner be ready in about 30 minutes! Enjoy this fabulous rendition of a classic Cajun stew. Rely on rotisserie chicken, smoked spicy sausage, and frozen okra from the store to stack up flavors and simply a busy day!
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 red bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen, cut okra
- 8 ounces smoked (precooked) andouille sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced 1 inch thick
- 1 rotisserie chicken (about 2 1/2 pounds), skin and bones removed, meat shredded (about 4 cups)
- Store-bought or homemade cornbread, for serving (optional)
- Prep Time 30 minutes
- Total Time 30 minutes
- Yield Serves 4
- In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil over medium. Add flour, and cook, whisking constantly, until pale golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in bell peppers, onion, garlic, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Add 4 cups water; stir in okra and sausage. Bring to a boil. Stir in shredded chicken, and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; if desired, serve with cornbread.
Rotisserie chicken shaves many minutes from the total cooking time, and its slow-roasted goodness brings just as much to the mix as if you’d cooked your own.
Two of the 4 cups water can be replaced with 2 cups low-sodium store-bought chicken broth.
Everyday Food, April 2008