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  File Gumbo

1 Lg Chicken
1 Lg Onion, chopped
3 Lg Slices of Smoked Ham, chopped
3 1/2 qts Water
1 Pint Oysters & Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste
File

Brown chicken pieces in a little oil on all sides. Put into a large soup pot. Saute the ham,then the onion. Put into pot with the chicken. Add water,salt & pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer till chicken is done. Add the oysters and juice and cook for 5 to 15 minutes or until oysters are cooked and curled. Turn off heat. Add 2 Tbs of File. Stir in and do not let it boil after adding the File. Serve over rice.

Yield: 4 to 6 Servings