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2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound spicy andouille (or smoked) sausage, sliced

8 chicken tenderloins (or 2 skinless/boneless chicken breasts), cut into bite-size pieces



3 celery stalks, finely diced

1 large onion, finely diced

1 large bell pepper, finely diced

2 bay leaves

½ teaspoon Creole seasoning

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon, heaping, tomato paste

½ pound okra, sliced into ¼ – ½” thick slices

1 (28 oz) can organic diced tomatoes with juice

2 cups chicken stock, hot

½ pound peeled and cleaned, medium size shrimp (raw)

1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

Fragrant Garlic Rice (recipe below)


Place a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and add the olive oil; once the oil is hot, add the sliced sausage in, and allow it to caramelize and brown for a few minutes; once well browned, remove the sausage from the pot, and set it aside for a moment;

next, add the chicken pieces into the pot along with a sprinkle or two of salt and pepper, and allow them to brown in the oil/sausage drippings for about 2-3 minutes; remove the chicken pieces from the pot, and set aside for a moment;

next, add in the diced celery, onion and bell pepper, and caramelize it for about 2-3 minutes in the oil, then add in the bay leaves, the Creole seasoning, the cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper, and stir to combine; next, add in the garlic and stir, and once it becomes aromatic, add in the tomato paste, and cook for about 1 minute to cook out the “raw” tomato flavor;

next, add in the sliced okra, the diced tomatoes with juice, the hot chicken stock, and the browned sausage and chicken, and stir to combine, and allow the stew to simmer gently on low/medium-low, uncovered, for 20 minutes; after 20 minutes, add in the shrimp (you can season it with a sprinkle of salt/pepper if you wish), and simmer for only 2 minutes more as to not overcook the shrimp; finish by stirring in the chopped parsley and cilantro, and serve over the Fragrant Garlic Rice, with some additional spice/heat options like hot sauce, red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, if desired.