Recipe for Chicken with Okra from Minas Gerais (Frango com Quiabo Mineiro)

A simple and homey dish! Making this dish, the simplest option of all is to just wash the okra stalks, slice them and, without any stirring, to just simmer with a little salt. It is a healthy vegetable and this simple procedure will allow you to be able to taste the pure taste of the okra; but, let's dig a little deeper, let’s try a recipe that is slightly more elaborate: else you really would not need this site!

Some people do not like the slime that comes out of fresh okra stalks: here is a hint to help minimize this less appreciated aspect of this tasty vegetable. One idea is to cut the tips of the okra and let them soak in water with juice of 1 lemon or also a combination of 2 cups (500 ml) of water with 1/2 cup (125 ml) of vinegar. Then just dry them and cut them into slices.

Another option is to fry the okra, already sliced, in a pan with vinegar or lemon juice while stirring with a wooden spoon. Gradually, the slime will come out and the okra will dry. But let’s not forget that the slime of the okra is rich in important nutrients… whether you like okra slime is a matter of taste but its nutritional value is undisputed.

Yield: 2-4 servings
Total time:

Okra with Chicken

* 1 lb. (450 g) Fresh okra stalks
* 1 lb. (450 g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cubed
* 4 tablespoons lemon juice
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 red tomato (seeded)
* 1/2 cup olive oil
* 6 cloves garlic
* salt and dried herbs seasoning to taste


1) The day before, season the boneless chicken thighs on all sides with the lemon juice, salt, garlic and herbs. Keep in the refrigerator, covered.

2) Wash the okra well, still whole, then pat dry with a clean kitchen towel. In a heated skillet with a drizzle of oil, saute the vegetables (except the okra) for a few minutes: first pour the olive oil then the onion, after, the garlic, then the tomato, in that order. Season with salt.

3) Put in the chicken cubes to fry with the vegetables: mix then cover the skillet.

4) Meanwhile, make a lenghtwise cut in the okra stalks, and then slice the rest into slices of the desired thickness (many prefer thinner slices).

5) When the chicken is cooked, put in the okra slices, mixing with the other ingredients. Cover and continue cooking: uncover after 8-9 minutes. Always, before opening, holding the handle of the pan with one hand and the lid with the other shake the pan. If needed, add water. Depending on how was the chicken seasoning, you may want to add a little more salt.

Serve this dish with rice… enjoy!

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