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Pressed Chicken With Okra Succotash

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  • Servings: 4
Pressed Chicken With Okra Succotash

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living


  • 1 whole chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), cut into 10 pieces
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces okra, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 8 ounces frozen lima beans, thawed and drained
  • 2 ears corn, kernels cut from cob (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus more for serving


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl in 1 tablespoon oil. Add chicken, skin-side down. Top with a parchment round; weight with another heavy skillet and canned goods. Cook until golden on skin side, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Flip chicken; cook (with parchment and weighted skillet) until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh (without touching bone) registers 165 degrees, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate, reserving pan juices.

  2. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Swirl in remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add okra, beans, corn, bell pepper, and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are golden in spots, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar, then basil. Serve chicken with succotash, pan juices, and more basil leaves.

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