Chicken Gumbo & Sweet Chile Buttermilk Herb Dressing

This recipe originally called for okra.  Not even this southern girl likes okra and the best substitution for okra is eggplant, but hubs can’t stand that so I substitute the split peas.

*1 1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken pieces
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
1 large shallot, chopped
5 ribs celery, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 KNORR chicken gel bouillon
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup dried split peas
1 can petite diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons file’ powder
Fresh ground salt and black pepper, to taste
2 cups water
Brown rice

  • Oil sides of crock pot.
  • Place onions, shallots, tomatoes, garlic and celery on bottom of crock pot.
  • Top with split peas and then chicken.
  • Whisk together water, bouillon gel, thyme, salt, pepper and file’ powder.
  • Pour over Chicken.
  • Cover and cook 8-10 hours on low or 4-6 hours on high.
  • Serve over rice.

*I add these frozen and they work great.

1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small shallot, minced
2 teaspoons freshly chopped chives
1 tablespoon parsley paste
1 tablespoon Frank’s Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce
Fresh ground salt and pepper, to taste

  • Using a quart  jar, add all ingredients and shake to mix well.
  • Chill several hours to blend flavors.
  • Shake well and toss with salad.