2 pounds Chicken
15 Kpakpo shito (hot green peppers)
1 tablespoon blend of spices (ginger, garlic, onion, bay leaves, cloves, rosemary)
3 tablespoons tomato puree
1 desertpoon curry
4 cups rice
2 cups cooking oil
2 maggi cubes
First start by cutting up the chicken into equal parts. Then remove the skin and wash thoroughly. Drain of all the liquid.
Add the blend of spices, 1 maggi cube and a bit of salt. Toss it all until all the pieces of chicken are coated. Leave it to marinate in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
While the chicken is marinating, slice the onions, wash and drain the rice ...
.. and blend the tomatoes and pepper.
Place the chicken in a pot and steam until tender. Add a little water (about half a cup)if it starts to run too low in the pot, you don't want burnt chicken. When it is cooked, remove it from the stock, but save the stock for later.
Heat 1 and a half cups of oil in a pan and fry the chicken, turning it over until it is light to golden brown on both sides.
While the chicken is frying, put the remaining half a cup of cooking oil into a big pot (this is the pot to cook the Jollof in) and heat it up.
Toss in the onions and fry till they soften.
When they look translucent, add the curry and fry until the edges start to brown.
Add the blended tomatoes and pepper. Cover for 5 minutes to cook the tomatoes, then uncover and allow it to fry dry, stirring it occassionaly and not letting it stick. Add the chicken stock.
Add the fried chicken, lower the heat and let it simmer so the chicken pieces can soak up all the wonderful flavour. Stirr occassionally so that it doesn't stick.
When it thickens, take the chicken out taking only the little sauce that is on the chicken. The rest of the sauce in the pot is going towards the Jollof.
As the sauce continues to cook increase the heat again, add half a cup of the oil left over from frying the chicken, then add the tomato puree. Fry this until it is almost sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Add the rice and continue to stir.
Add 4 cups of water and the remaining maggi cube. Stir it all in then taste for salt, keeping in mind that the rice will soak up the water, so don't worry if it is a little less salty than you would like. Reduce the heat to the lowest level, cover with a polythene bag and leave to cook. Check it after 15 minutes, stir it from the bottom, with kitchen prongs, so that it stays fluffy. If it seems dry, spinkle about 1/4 cup of water into it using your hand. Cover it back up and leave to cook some more.
Serve with potato salad. Enjoy!