Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Nigerian Chicken Stew-A Shout out to Kitchen Butterfly

Food bloggers are notoriously generous.  Just recently, I experienced the generosity of one of my favorite food bloggers, Ozoz from Kitchen Butterfly. ( www.KitchenButterfly.com)  I received a most delightful and generous box of goodies from the Netherlands.

Much of her food box has already been consumed by the family except for the seasonings which have been added to my pantry.  I have taken note of her insistence that only Lion's brand Curry and Thyme are used in her Nigerian home dishes and "NO other brand would do." I have added her homemade spice blends for peppersoup and a blend of ginger, garlic, peanuts and chili pepper spices to be enjoyed in future dishes.


During our virtual exchanges, I teased Ozoz about living life without ever having experienced one of America's favorite comfort foods, Macaroni and Cheese. She laughed, she responded and the conversation began.  She is adventurous in the kitchen and her blog always reflects her commitment to the cultural experience of food.  Ozoz is Nigerian born, educated in Britian and has made her home in the Netherlands.  As a way to share with Ozoz my appreciation for her food package and to her culture, I am trying my hand, with with her assistance, at preparing a Nigerian Chicken Stew.

Chicken Stew is a traditional Nigerian meal that is simmered in a tomato based sauce blended with hot chili peppers and onions. This dish is a wonderful soul satisfying meal served over white rice and served with Dodo (fried plaintains). Our family enjoyed this meal for dinner and again the following day for lunch.

Thank you Ozoz!


Nigerian Chicken Stew

Ingredients:
1 large chicken cut into 12 pieces
Fresh scotch bonnet chilies, to taste 
1lb fresh tomatoes, chopped
4 large onions, chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
8 ounces tomato puree
1 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoon partminger leaves (note: I used dried basil)
1 teaspoon curry powder
1-2 cups of chicken stock made with Maggi cubes (add as necessary to create a thick smooth sauce)
groundnut oil for frying (note: I used vegetable oil)

Note: Ozoz has been adding dry roasted crushed cumin seeds for additional flavor.

Directions:
1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. Blend in a processor half the onions, scotch bonnet chilis and chopped tomatoes
3. Heat a small amount of oil (1-2 tablespoons) in a pan. Add the remaining half of onions, thyme and curry powder. Stirring frequently until it is almost dry.
4. Add chicken pieces and brown.
5. Add the tomato puree, and the processed tomatoes, onions and peppers. Add chicken stock. Stir until well blended. Cook until sauce is reduced.
6. Simmer about 30-35 minutes.

Serve over hot rice.

Enjoy!


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57 comments:

Joanne said...

I really love African stews and this looks especially delicious (especially the plantains...god I love plantains). One of the perks of blogging is definitely that you get to meet people from all over the world. It is so cool that you guys have this exchange going!

3 hungry tummies said...

Haha I made a North African chicken stew just the other night too :)
Beautifully presented!

Anncoo said...

Never tried African stews before but looks great.

Debbie said...

I haven't ever seen that dish before. It looks delicious, such a pretty picture too!

TKW said...

How cool is that? I think it's great that she sent you goodies from far away! That stew looks hot and delicious! I love my spicy food!

A Year on the Grill said...

Nigerian food recipes from the Netherlands... What a world!

Scotch bonnets will kill you... or clear your sinuses at the least.

This si such a great tradition you have going. I will be in the Virgin Islands soon, and can not wiat to send a box of goodies out to a few bloggers to see what ideas I can steal!

GREAT POST!

Federica said...

bellissimo piatto colorato e invitante!!

George Gaston said...

Velva, the fried plaintains would be a welcome relief to the "heat" and spice in this delicious looking African stew.

What an amazing array of different food items in that generous box of products. And it looks like you are putting them to good use.

Thanks for sharing these great recipe...

Angie's Recipes said...

Cool! The chicken stew looks extremely yummy!

Michelle J said...

How cool! I am totally unfamiliar with African cuisine, but now you have me curious... :)

Lea Ann said...

Boy, that a generous shipment of food gifts! I'm going to head over and take a look at her blog. This stew sounds really good. I made an Africa Chicken stew once that had peanut butter in it. I'm gonna have to dig that recipe out.

Mimi said...

What a generous gift from Ozoz, I really love her blog. She makes you feel as if you are actually in her kitchen or with her on an outing.
That stew looks fantastic and with the scotch bonnet pepper it has a bit of heat in it!
Mimi

Rambling Tart said...

You two are SO delightful, swapping goodies and recipes. :-) I love it! This chicken looks AMAZING!

Catherine said...

Amazing chicken stew Velva! This looks so good!

Bob said...

What fun! And the stew looks great.

5 Star Foodie said...

Mmm... that stew looks superb and what a wonderful box of goodies from Ozoz!

Astra Libris said...

Such a gorgeous, special package! The chicken stew looks incredible - thank you for introducing me to this new recipe!!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Velva.....you've done me proud. I have always been a little bit afraid that perhaps Nigerian recipes can't be universally loved and slowly, I've begun to grow confident that the world of foodies is open to trying something...a little different.

The stew looks delicious...and I feel like having plantains NOW!!!!!!!

On a comforting note, I had fries and chicken this evening, helped along with my Louisiana Hot pepper sauce.

Love. And lots of it.....

lauren said...

Ozoz, that was a very kind gift! And you Velva, for partaking in it! :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

Not only does the recipe sound wonderful your picture is a real eye popper....so stunning!

How wonderful to make a connection like you have with Ozoz and leanr so much about her food and culture!

Sage said...

Your picture make it look so good and so tempting!Love to try different foods.

lakeviewer said...

This sounds so brave of you! But then, it is this push that keeps us finding new stuff to eat.

Fimère said...

une recette que je découvre et elle parait tellement savoureuse!!!!!!!!!
bonne soirée

Jen_from_NJ said...

I bet this is just delicious with the kick from the scotch bonnet peppers and sweetness from the plantains. Looks fantastic!

Lyndsey said...

How fun! I would love to do an exchange of local foods with someone elswhere! I love African stews too, yours looks fantastic! That reminds me, I have to use my plantains before the get yellow!

Kim said...

Looks like you received a treasure trove of goodies! How fun:D I bet that is one delicious stew with the scotch bonnets and all that spice. Yum!

Sandi said...

Looks great....the colors are amazing. Velva, what kind of camera do you use cause my pictures look bland and dark...LOL!!!

Fresh Local and Best said...

I didn't know all of those great things about Ozoz! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

One of my favorite dinners we hosted was an african dinner for a dear friend and his wife. He is from Chad and said "it smells like home" what a compliment!
Your dish looks amazing!

Chef E said...

With every post Velva you send me reeling into a photo food porn coma! I have a great south African wine that would so go with that right now!

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Well lucky you. What a great care package.

Velva, I have an award for you. :-) The post is here:
http://thekrazykitchen.blogspot.com/2010/02/i-am-so-thankful-for-all-wonderful-and.html

A Feast for the Eyes said...

How fun is that!?? I'd love to have a blogger friend to exchange goodies with.

theUngourmet said...

What a great bunch of goodies to try! Your recipe looks like a wonderful, flavorful dish. I still haven't tried a plantain!

Cooking with K said...

that is a great "care package" you received....and the chicken looks wonderful....I enjoy your blog so much...Blesssings, K

Pierce said...

What a wicked cool surprise! You must have been thrilled to get such a box of goodies in the mail. Nice looking stew.

This weekend we are meant to be having higher temperatures...hope so.

love lives in the kitchen said...

wow what a interesting dish! i love this kind of food :)
have a great day,
justyna

Simply Life said...

wow, that stew looks sooooo good!

Ricardo said...

That really looks delicious, such nice chicken, and to clear the palate a bit of banana..well done very well presented visual and flavours..thanks for the share kisses xxx

figtree said...

I have never made a stew like this, you have inspired me once again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

teresa said...

what a great package and a fun way to make use of your goods. wonderful!

Barbara said...

What a delightful box of goodies, Velva! And the Nigerian Stew looks perfect. Fun to have the fried bananas (or are they plantains?) on the side.

Chris said...

That is just stunning looking, the red sauce of the stew....wow. It LOOKS flavorful (as if flavor can have a look but you know what I mean).

Susan Fields said...

That's a wonderful collection of goodies and a delicious looking stew! And homemade spice blends, too - what a special gift.

Erica said...

That looks amazing, Velva! I love that kind of food. Lucky you... what a great gift!

Hungry Dog said...

This looks absolutely delicious! Lucky you!

buffalodick said...

She's quite the citizen of the world!

msmeanie said...

Sounds great. It reminds me a lot of Indian chicken makhani. I bet the herbs and spices make these dishes rather different though. Those plantains look fantastic too!

Katy ~ said...

This stew looks amazing! I am becoming more aware and courageous in trying other cuisines so I find this quite appealing.

Good to know your substitutions as some of the ingredients are not available to me.

Thank you for this interesting and delicious post.

Pierce said...

I went to Cosco today - wow! I should be telling you this on Facebook :-)

Marguerite said...

This stew looks out of this world! Thanks for the great recipe!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Ugh I'm hungry! I have to stop looking at your pageeeeeee.

My Little Space said...

Olala... this looks so inviting, Velva!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Wow what a lovely gift. I had the good fortune to spend some time with Ozoz back in November at Food Blogger Connect in London. She is a wonderful lady.

Sophie said...

What a fun exchange! This sounds so flavorful, putting my bland chicken dishes to shame! What a dish. :)

The Absence of Alternatives said...

This would be so so so good on a cold winter night...

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