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Ivorian Chicken stewed with Vegetables:
Kedjenou

What's the big idea?

Although described as a stew, this dish is actually more like a biriani or a jambalaya. Meat, vegetables and rice cooked together in a rich tomato-based sauce. Serve in bowls with a green side salad and crusty bread.

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 4 chicken pieces (breast fillets, drumsticks, thighs)
  • 8 large prawns
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onons, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon chopped dried chillies
  • Whatever left-over vegetables you need to use up! As long as they're cut into small pieces, it doesn't really matter too much what you use - sliced carrots, green beans, small pieces of broccoli or cauliflower, peas, okra...
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • 8oz long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 large lettuce leaves

What To Do

  • Mix together the garlic salt and paprika. Rub this into the chicken pieces and prawns
  • Cover and leave in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours
  • In a large frying pan - a wok is better - heat the oil, and fry the prawns until cooked. Set aside
  • In the same oil, fry the onions and garlic. Add the chicken pieces and fry until browned
  • Stir in the tomato purée, chopped tomatoes, turmeric, nutmeg, cinnamon and dried chillies, vegetables, rice and stock
  • Turn down the heat, cover and simmer slowly, stirring regularly
  • Add more stock (or white wine) if needed to prevent the rice from sticking or the dish from becoming too dry
  • When the rice and chicken are cooked, transfer to four individual bowls
  • Place a knob of butter and two of the prepared prawns on top of each bowl. Garnish with chopped parsley
  • Somewhat unexpectedly, it is traditional (although obviously it's up to you) to then cover each bowl with a large lettuce leaf before serving

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