Bamia or bamiya is a Middle Eastern stew, traditionally made with okra and tomatoes. The dish is often cooked with chicken or lamb and served with rice or bread.
- 6 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 pound fresh okra, gently rubbed under cold running water, chopped or whole*
- 1 onion, scrubbed with clean vegetable brush under running water, chopped
- 1 pound chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, cut into cubes
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt (optional)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, gently rubbed under cold running water, chopped and divided
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- In a large pot, heat three tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add okra and onions. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove vegetables from the pot and set aside.
- Heat an additional 3 Tablespoons of olive oil in the same pot and add chicken. Wash hands after handling uncooked chicken. Cook for five minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F as measured with a food thermometer.
- Add garlic and cook for four minutes.
- Stir in cooked okra and onion, tomato sauce, water, salt (if desired), pepper, and half of the cilantro. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle with remaining cilantro and serve with bread or rice.
- Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
*Frozen okra can be used in place of fresh okra.
- Serving Size (1/2 cup):
- Calories 110
- Total Fat 6g
- Saturated Fat 1g
- Cholesterol 20mg
- Sodium 210mg
- Total Carbohydrates 6g
- Fiber 2g
- Total Sugars 3g, includes 0g Added Sugars
- Protein 8g
- Vitamin D 0%
- Calcium 2%
- Iron 6%
- Potassium 8%