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Monday, March 12, 2012

Grilled Chicken

1 Whole Chicken
2 Small Onions
4 Garlic Cloves
Small finger-size-piece of Ginger
3 hot green peppers
1 hot red pepper
1 hot yellow pepper (ojengma)
1 pinch of rosemary
1 Maggi Cube

The most important thing is to use as fresh a chicken as possible. Wash it thoroughly and pat dry. Sometimes wash it in lemon or lime water, but I chose not to this time.

Now to cutting it ...

I usually start by removing the whole leg by cutting the flap of skin between the body and the leg. When you cut the skin and some of the flesh a little way in, hold the body steady and press the leg outwards, it should reveal a joint which you cut through to get a thigh and drumstick. Repeat the process on the other leg. Cut through the joint between the thigh and drum stick.Remove the wings so that you have just the torso left. Now, using a pair of kitchen scissors, cut along the sides to seperate the whole front from the back. Cut the breast into 3 or 4 pieces, depending on how big your chicken is and how big you want the pieces to be. Divide the back into 2 or three. Dont worry if these pieces are bigger, there is less meat here so it all balances out nicely. Remove all the skin. It is almost impossible to remove the skin from the wings so I just leave that.

Blend the Onions, Garlic, Peppers, Ginger and rosemary until completely smooth, then pour it over the Chicken.

Crumble the Maggi cube over the chicken and spices. Toss it arround until every piece is coated. Taste for salt and add a little to it. be Careful since tha Maggi cube has salt.
Cover it and leave in the fridge for 10 to 15, then toiss again and put on the fire to boil. The onions should provide all the moisture needed to get it started. Should the liquidc in the simmering chicken run low, add a little more 1/2  a cup at a time, you want to retain the spice and salt level so the chicken doesn't lose all the flavour. Do this for a bout 10 minutes, you want the chicken tender.

Arrange the chicken pieces on the rack and pop it in the oven. Put some water in the tray below the rack so that the chicken doesn't dry out as it browns. Turn the pieces over as they become brown. Remove them when the are evenly brown.

You can serve the chicken on a bed of Brown rice with gravy as I did, or enjoy it with drinks and friends.


  1. I love that you're updating...keep it coming! Thanks :D

  2. Thanks guys. I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

    1. Can you please show us how to make Ghanaian meat Pie....

    2. Definately. I will try and do a post on it as soon as I can.

  3. this wow.....Thanx Dear Jemima

  4. I'm trying out your recipe today - thank you.

    1. How did it work out. I hope it was perfect :)



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