Okra Stew with Chicken

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  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, quartered
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped plum tomato
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound fresh okra pods, cut into 1-inch pieces
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1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half of chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from pan. Add remaining chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from pan.

2. Cut habanero in half. Seed one half of pepper, and leave seeds in other half. Mince both pepper halves. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add minced habanero, bell pepper, onion, and celery; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add tomato; cook 3 minutes or until tomato softens. Add parsley and next 5 ingredients (through broth); bring to a boil. Return chicken to pan; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Add okra; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until okra is just tender.

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