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Puerto Rican Guanimes (Plantain Rolls)

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Puerto Rican Guanimes are a type of sweet and savory dumpling. In this recipe, green..

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Puerto Rican Pinon (Plantain Lasagna)

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Puerto Rican Pinon (Piñón), a traditional layered casserole, features a complex flavor profile with seasoned..

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Kedjenou Chicken

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Kedjenou Chicken


Kedjenou is a magnificent chicken dish that is astoundingly easy to make. It is chicken that is basted in its own juice in a “canary,” or earthenware jar, on a wood fire.

This method ensures terrifically moist, succulent results. For most western kitchens, deep casserole with a tight-fitting lid can be used in place of the “canary” like a dutch oven

This  tasty chicken is a very popular dish in Ivory Coast. It is believed to have originated from Baoulé; an ethnic group in Ivory Coast. According to several sources the word kedjenou comes from the Baoulé language which means to move or shake. While braising the chicken the pot is frequently shaken, vigorously, so that the chicken or sauce does not stick to the bottom of the pot.

Any quick and easy recipe that tastes great is my friend, and if it tastes anything like this chicken, then it’s a home run!. This recipe is so good without you laboring in the kitchen all day. Just put all the ingredients – garlic, ginger, onions, green onions, fresh thyme -in the pot, mix,  and place it in the oven. How easy is that? You could even watch your favorite show while the chicken is slowly braising in the oven.

Traditionally, this recipe calls for shaking the pot every 5 to 10 minutes during cooking. However, I usually shake kedjenou only once or twice during the cooking process and it does not stick to the pot. I added about  1/4 cup of chicken broth. To add some more sauce.

Serve warm with atieke a side dish which is comparable to garri – fermented food made from cassava root with a distinct sour taste. Or with rice like I did. It  could  also be eaten with any starch.




Kedjenou Chicken
Prep time
10 mins

Cook time
60 mins

Total time
1 hour 10 mins


Author: AfricanBites
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: African
Serves: 4-5

  • 1 whole chicken (4 to 5 pounds) skin on, cut into medium pieces
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 green onion
  • 1 fresh red or green peppers
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic puree
  • 1 fresh sprig thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ Tablespoon chicken bouillon or more (optional)
  • 1 whole habenero pepper(optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Trim chicken of excess fat and pat dry with a cloth or paper napkin and salt , place in the Dutch oven
  2. You may season chicken with garlic , ginger , thyme, paprika, green onions , chicken bouillon and onions. At at least 2 hours or preferably overnight in the fridge for optimal flavor.
  3. Slice tomatoes, onion, green onions and green pepper.
  4. Combine all the ingredients in a Dutch oven or any oven safe pot and stir until everything is fully combine
  5. Cover it with its lid.
  6. Place in the often and shake the pot once or twice during cooking without opening the pot.
  7. Bake for about 1 hour until chicken is tender depending on which chicken you use and how you like your chicken.
  8. Serve with atieke or white rice

For a healthy version, skin the chicken or just use chicken breast!


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Amarillitos (Puerto Rican Sweet Fried Plantains)

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Ripe, sweet fried plantains are a simple, traditional side dish served throughout the Caribbean islands. The Puerto..

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Fry-Dry Curry Shrimp A Family Classic.

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This is definitely one of those dishes that takes me back to my childhood. Seafood was our mortal enemy (with the exception of fried King Fish) of ours when we were kids, however this fried dried curry shrimp was something we always requested from mom. Normally served with hot-out-the oven coconut bake. Unlike traditional curry shrimp where you’d normally have a gravy or sauce and sometimes you’d find pieces of potato in the mix, this curry shrimp is all about that rich and intense curry flavor.


5 Cuban Pork Recipes

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As one of the two largest nations in the Caribbean, it’s a well-known fact that..

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“50 Favorite Jamaican Recipes” FREE for 2 Days Only!!

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