Chicken Muamba

Chicken Muamba

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


1. Marinate chicken in lemon juice, 2 cloves garlic and salt for at least 30 minutes
2. Heat palm oil in a pot, then add chicken. Brown chicken on all sides using medium heat.
3. Put heat on low then add onions, garlic, chilli and tomatoes, cook for 5 minutes while occasionally stirring.
4. Add chicken stock and cook for 10 minutes.
5. Add squash then cook for 5 more minutes.
6. Add okra and simmer for 3 more minutes or until okra is tender.
7. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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22 thoughts on “Chicken Muamba

  1. Great recipe Raymund, but personally I think that palm oil is truly nasty stuff so I think that your coconut oil alternative is a far better option.

    I’ve played with recipes with high oil content in the past (authentic Greek ones with 1/2 to 1 cup of olive oil!) and found that most of the time you can cut it very savagely with no real difference in the flavour.

    If I make this, I’d start with 1/4 cup of oil and then see if I can reduce it even further, after all, whatever artery cloggers you don’t put into your body, is stuff you don’t have to sweat out later!

  2. Never heard of this dish before but it certainly looks like pinakbet!! Sounds very delicious though! Will definitely order it next time I see it in an African restaurant. Yummm!! haha.. and I love the description of the butter, sinfully good!

  3. Hello Reymund, we have a similar traditional dish back in Greece using chicken, okra and tomatoes but it doesnt look like this, I love the addition of squash, it looks delicious!
    Have a nice day my friend

  4. Oh my gosh, a cup of palm oil?! Lol, no wonder it’s super delicious – I can see why you reduced the oil a bit. I’ve never heard of this dish but it sounds delicious, I love all of the vegetables in it, especially the okra!

  5. Wow, a lot of oil, but doesn’t matter, the dish still sounds delicious! I’ve never made an African dish…this is too cool. Thanks for sharing yet another new cuisine, Raymund. :)

  6. Dear Raymund,

    This dish looks good except for the oil, not sure if I would use that much though!

  7. I have never seen that list before so I went to check. Massaman curry is #1? That’s my favorite curry… Hmm there are so many dishes that I am not familiar with, such as this one. I’m impressed with your cooking skills Raymund. Is there any dish that you can’t cook? I highly doubt it… ;-)

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