Kuku Wa Nazi (Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk)


Some of the ingredients may not be completely authentic as I have adjusted the recipe to include ingredients readily found in American grocery stores, while trying to stay true to the flavors of the original recipe.

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Kuku Wa Nazi (Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, cored and minced or 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes (they will burst as they cook)
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 28 ounces of coconut milk
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups cooked rice, for serving
  • chopped cilantro, for garnish

Instructions:

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add the turmeric, garlic, jalapenos, tomatoes, and onions, cooking, stirring often, until the onions start to caramelize, 20-25 minutes.

Add the chicken along with the lime juice and coconut milk.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium low.  Cook until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.

To serve:  Spoon rice into 4 serving bowls and spoon the chicken and sauce over the rice.  Garnish with the cilantro and more black pepper, if desired.

SERVES 4

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