Chicken in Lemon and Garlic 😋

This is one of my favorite chicken recipes! It is too easy, quick and delicious and did I mention how yummy it is? It is so delicious that you’d better have it with a plain starch so you can enjoy the lovely flavors.

You can have it with ugali/posho, plain steamed rice, or West African Fufu.

I came across this recipe many years ago when I was still in college in a cookbook that featured recipes from all over Africa. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the book or author, but I remember the recipe so let’s get started!

Ingredients: 1 whole chicken, chopped into pieces. I used legs and thighs and removed the skin. You don’t have to do so though. Three medium onions cut in quarters, 12 whole cloves of garlic, juice of three large lemons, salt and black pepper, 1/4 cup vegetable oil and a cup of water.
Mix them well in a bowl, cover and let marinate in the refrigerator overnight or for at least a couple of hours. The longer the marination the better.
Heat your pan till very hot then add your chicken. Let it brown a little.
Add the onions and garlic from the marinade, mix well and let cook till they soften
Once the garlic is really soft, add the liquid part of the marinade. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes or more till the chicken is cooked and sauce is reduced.

See? Such a simple recipe.

For the salad, a simple kachumbari will suffice.

Ingredients are a small onion, one large tomato, a small bunch of coriander, a cucumber, one lemon, salt and pepper to taste and 1/2 tsp of chat masala.
Chop all your ingredients and mix well together. I peeled and deseeded the cucumber; personal choice though. Squeeze some lemon juice, cover and chill.

Starch of choice; oven baked plantain fries and some leftover lemongrass flavoured rice.

Peel and slice your plantains into fries shape, toss in some oil, salt and bake.
Final plate: plantain fries, rice and chicken with kachumbari. Yum 😋

The chicken holds the marinade flavors really well hence the need to have it with a starch that’s not too spicy. And it’s best to have the chicken marinate overnight.

Try it and enjoy!

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