Smothered Chicken and Okra Recipe

In Cajun cooking, we use okra quite often.  I grew up eating it fried, boiled, smothered, pickled, and added to gumbo.  I love, love, love my okra.

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This is one of my favorite dishes.  The best part, it’s all made in one big skillet.  That means less dishes to clean!

For AIP: Use coconut oil or lard as cooking fat.  Skip hot sauce and pepper.

Smothered Chicken and Okra Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 pounds Organic Chicken pieces
  • 2 tablespoons grass fed butter, ghee, or coconut oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 3 cups okra, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped white and green parts
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • Salt, pepper, and hot sauce, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch, mixed into 1/2 cup water


  1. Heat fat in large oven proof skillet until it melts. Brown chicken pieces, on all sides, in fat. Once chicken is browned, add red onion and cook until clear. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Add okra, green onions, garlic, and parsley to skillet. Cook over low heat for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Continue to cook over low heat for 5 minutes, while oven preheats. Place skillet in oven on lowest rack. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 degrees. Remove from oven and stir in arrowroot powder and water mixture. Be sure to stir until gravy is formed. Add hot sauce to taste.



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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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