Chicken Muamaba or Muamba de Galinha might not be a well known dish to most of us but this dish came out 10th in CNN World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods 2011, a dish that originated from Africa more specifically Gabon and Angola, it is made out of chicken, okra, tomato, chillies and palm oil. My best description of this dish for those who knows Filipino cuisine is it’s like a hot and spicy Pinakbet served with chicken instead of prawns or pork.
It’s so delicious but be careful not to take a lot as the original recipe calls for at least a cup of palm oil, like what CNNGo said it is made out of “an artery-clogging African butter that will force you into a second helping and a promise to start using your gym membership.”. But on second thought, that’s the same amount of butter we put on cakes and cookies, the only difference we don’t see the oil in cookies compared to dishes like this. Anyways for this post we will decrease that amount so that we can enjoy good dishes like this for more years to come
1 kg chicken thighs, cut into serving-sized pieces
1/2 butternut squash, sliced
20 pcs okra, sliced
4 pcs tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup palm butter or red palm oil (substitutes: coconut oil with 2 tsp paprika or groundnut oil with 2 tsp paprika)
1 cup chicken stock
2 onions, chopped
juice from 1 lemon
6 cloves garlic, minced
freshly ground black pepper
- Marinate chicken in lemon juice, 2 cloves garlic and salt for at least 30 minutes
- Heat palm oil in a pot, then add chicken. Brown chicken on all sides using medium heat.
- Put heat on low then add onions, garlic, chilli and tomatoes, cook for 5 minutes while occasionally stirring.
- Add chicken stock and cook for 10 minutes.
- Add squash then cook for 5 more minutes.
- Add okra and simmer for 3 more minutes or until okra is tender.
- Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.