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Chicken Recipes in Uganda 


During your business trip to Uganda you will soon learn that chicken is your go to bite when craving a tasty snack/meal in any part of the country....! 

You will find boiled Chicken being served in the smallest of restaurant in Karamoja region, roasted chicken being sold on the Road side as you travel to the National park, fried chicken on the streets of Kampala, and gourmet cooked chicken at Uganda's Five Star Serena Hotel. 

You will also be served Luwombo chicken when you attend a customary wedding ceremony in Uganda. 

After appreciating the popularity of chicken meat in the eating culture of Uganda; we have compiled this chicken cooking guide to assist you prepare some common Traditional Chicken Recipes/Dishes in Africa.

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Before you cook chicken

Chicken meat in Luganda is translated as Enkoko/Nkoko and translated as Kuku in Kiswahili.

Before cooking your Chicken (Nkoko) in Uganda, you should first kill and dress your bird well. This means you remove the feathers, the offal’s and all other parts which are not eaten by most groups of peoples in Uganda. For example, the head, feet and the intestines are not eaten by most tribes in Uganda. However, there some people in the country that eat the chicken feet by removing the top skin/scales and the nails.

You can cook your chicken whole or you can first cut it into pieces (Culving it). Culving chicken is done accordingly depending on the number of pieces of chicken you need per bird; i.e; 12,10,8,6,4,0r 2 pieces.

When cooking in Uganda, Chicken can be used whole or when cut flat or used whole and stuffed.

Wash the chicken before you culve it into pieces. After that, you can then start seasoning or marinating it before you can pre-roast (okukalilira) it.

How to pre –roast chicken (Okukalirira enkoko)

As you will see later on this cooking guide; most traditional chicken recipes in Uganda will require that you pre-roast your chicken before your cook it any further.

Light the charcoal stove or ordinarily fire until you get red charcoal

Cover your charcoal with a few banana peelings

Place a wire rack and on top place the charcoal pieces or whole charcoal stove and then cover the chicken with a banana leaf.

We advise that you roast your chicken when cut in 6-8 pieces after which you can cut it in smaller pieces

Keep turning your chicken until it has gained the colour you want.

You can also use firewood to roast but it must first burn until it produces charcoal (Amanda nga gagudde) before you put your chicken. Then cover with banana peelings as for the charcoal stove.

You can use a wire rack or skewer to roast the big chicken pieces or the whole chicken/bird.

How to prepare BOILED CHICKEN

The Boiled Chicken Recipe in Uganda:

  • Chicken pieces – 5 pieces (Pre-roasted /enkalirire or hot)
  • Tomatoes - 4big ones
  • Onions - 2 big
  • Green pepper- 1
  • Cotmill- 1 spring
  • Carrots- 2
  • Garlic- 4 cloves
  • Egg Plant- 2
  • Royco- 1 table spoon
  • Chicken masala-1 table spoon
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Chicken gravy powder-1 teaspoon

Boiled Chicken COOKING METHOD 1:

Cut Wash and cut Vegetable ingredients in relatively big pieces.

Place half vegetables in the sauce pan, then the chicken and lastly top it with the remaining vegetables.

Cover and put on fire/heat.

When vegetables are soft,add water just to cover the chicken, and add all the other remaining ingredients.

When it boils, reduce temperature and let it simmer for a while covered until it is cooked and tender.

While on fire or charcoal reduce heat by pouring ash dust.

Boiled Chicken COOKING METHOD 2:

Place the chicken in the saucepan and all the ingredients.

Pour water just to cover the chicken

When it boils, reduce the temperature to simmering temperatures that is to reduce temperatures to slow boiling /stop rigorous boiling

Boil while covered until cooked and tender.

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