Friday , 24 October 2014

Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken and Okra

Sorry for my lack of posting last week.  I had two posts planned and then life happened, you know how that goes :)

As a quick overview of this past crazy week – I’m appearing in a video for my work, so I lost a good chunk of Tuesday’s work day to being interviewed/videoed which means I spent Tuesday night catching up.

On Wednesday we went to put in an offer on a house…only to find out it had gone under contract that morning!  So Wednesday night was spent looking into other options and re-assessing the areas we’ve been looking in.

Since we were back on the house hunt, on Thursday night we went to view a couple more houses.

Friday night was eaten up by cleaning in preparation for a dinner for my husband’s family the next night.

Saturday was then taken up by last-minute grocery shopping and food prep for that night’s big dinner.

And Sunday got filled with the usual weekly chores – meal planning, grocery shopping, going to a few open houses and looking at some other listings.  Admittedly I had time last night but…totally decided I deserved some recovery time so just relaxed and watched TV with the husband.

On that note of being crazy busy – enter in one of my favorite of all the small appliances, my slow cooker!

This is a great throw it all in the slow cooker and let it do its magic meal.  In this instance, I used bone-in thighs, but you could easily sub whatever chicken pieces you had on hand.  My only warning is that for me at least, I’m not a big fan of boneless chicken breasts in recipes like this.  I think that breasts tend to get a little more dried out than I like, but that’s a personal preference.  I’d at least try for bone-in breasts, or you could just disregard everything I’m saying and use boneless, skinless chicken breast if you really want, I’ll never know.

Combine the chicken with a bit of Cajun seasoning, and place on top of a bed of peppers, onions, celery, zucchini, okra and seasonings.  Throw some canned diced tomatoes and hot sauce and put it on to cook.  8 hours later you’ve got a deliciously easy meal that’s perfect with a side of brown rice.

Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken and Okra

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 483

Fat per serving: 5.9

Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken and Okra

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into ¼ inch thick half-moons
  • 1 cup of frozen sliced okra (no need to defrost)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp each thyme and granulated garlic
  • ¼ tsp each freshly ground black pepper and salt
  • 1 ¾ lb bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (about 4 large or 8 small)
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 14 oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp American hot sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot or Crystal)
  • 2 cups of cooked brown rice

Preparation

  1. In a small bowl combine smoked paprika through salt and set aside. Season chicken thighs with Cajun seasoning on both sides and set aside.
  2. In the bottom of a 6 qt slow cooker, layer peppers, onions and celery. Top with zucchini and okra. Sprinkle with paprika spice mix.
  3. Lay chicken thighs on top and pour over diced tomatoes. Pour on hot sauce. Cover and cook on low for 7 – 8 hours or until tender. Serve with freshly cooked rice and hot sauce at the table.

Notes

Nutritional Info is approximate but does include rice.

http://foodjaunts.com/slow-cooker-cajun-chicken-and-okra/

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4 comments

  1. Wow! That’s what I call a packed schedule. There’s nothing more time consuming than house hunting. We did that two years ago. This is when you really need that crockpot for sure, and tasty meals like this!
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  2. Good luck with the house hunting! It’s pretty stressful, but it’s also fun looking for your own home. :) Cajun chicken! YUM! It’s perfect to have slow cooked meal especially in this cold weather…
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  3. john@kitchenriffs

    You’re incredibly busy! And house hunting can take forever – hope you find something you like soon. Anyway, nice recipe! I like okra, and not enough recipes use it. Good stuff – thanks.

  4. Another okra dish added to my to do list, this will be a big hit at home I can see it

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