Recipes You Can Make With Chicken. Chicken, a versatile and universally loved ingredient, holds a special place in the hearts and kitchens of many. From succulent grills to rich stews, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating memorable dishes with chicken. If you’re in Ghana, where poultry is both abundant and fresh, diving into chicken-based recipes can elevate your culinary game. Let’s explore some delightful recipes you can craft right in the comfort of your home.

4 Easy Recipes You Can Make With Chicken

Below are 4 Recipes You Can Make With Chicken;

1. Ghanaian Grilled Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks, or breasts)
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. Marinate chicken pieces with chopped onions, minced garlic, ginger paste, paprika, and salt.
  2. Let it sit for at least 2 hours or overnight for best results.
  3. Preheat your grill or oven.
  4. Brush the chicken pieces with vegetable oil.
  5. Grill or bake until the chicken is golden brown and fully cooked.

For a touch of authenticity, consider using local spices to enhance the flavor profile of your grilled chicken.

2. Chicken Peanut Soup (Nkate Nkwan) Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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Instructions:

  1. Cut up chicken into medium sizes, and clean with lemon juice. Rinse again and place in a soup cooking pot.
  2. Blend one onion, ½ of the ginger, chicken stock cube, and 3 garlic gloves. Use a little bit of water to help with the blending
  3. Add the spice blend, and a teaspoon of salt, to the onion mixture stir, and add to the chicken
  4. Let the chicken marinate for a couple of minutes. 
  5. When ready to cook, place the other onion, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and scotch bonnet pepper on top of the chicken.
  6. Now place the pot on the hob on medium heat. Cover the pot and let the meat simmer in its natural juices until nice and tender. You may not need to add extra, however, keep an eye on it to prevent burning. If the chicken is tough, add extra water if needed. Set aside.
  7. When the tomatoes and onions are soft, remove them, together with the ginger and pepper. Blend all together. Let it cool for a few minutes
  8. Transfer into a blender, add the peanut butter, and blend everything to paste.
  9. Strain into the pot containing the meat. Stir, add another cup of water, let it simmer on medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
  10. It should thicken as it cooks.
  11. Add extra scotch bonnet peppers for extra heat and color, I used a combination of red, green and yellow scotch bonnet peppers.
  12. Stir, Let it simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, serve with Fufu, banku, and rice
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Chicken Peanut Soup, commonly known as ‘Nkate Nkwan’, is a traditional Ghanaian dish that’s both hearty and comforting.

3. Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked rice
  • Chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, bell peppers)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. In a wok or large skillet, heat vegetable oil and sauté minced garlic.
  2. Add sliced chicken breast, cooking until no longer pink.
  3. Push chicken to one side and pour beaten eggs into the empty space, scrambling them.
  4. Incorporate mixed vegetables into the pan, stir-frying until tender.
  5. Add cooked rice and soy sauce, mixing well to combine.
  6. Cook until everything is heated through and serve hot.

Chicken Fried Rice offers a delightful fusion of flavors and textures, making it a favorite among many households.

4. Ghanaian Chicken light soup

Ingredients

1 big garden egg

1 medium-sized white onions

Few dices of red onions

1 fresh chicken(please be sure to use live chicken and native one if possible)

Salt

3 medium-sized fresh tomatoes

2 seeds yellow scotch bonnet pepper

6-7 seeds green u ripe scotch bonnet pepper

1 teaspoon tomato paste

2 deseeded spice

1 clove garlic(optional)

Ginger

cubes Seasoning

For the swallow

Boil cassava and unripe plantain and pound in a mortar just like pounded yam

Instructions:

  • Wash and place cleaned pieced chicken in a pot and add the grinded ginger and garlic with seasoning, salt and the diced onions.
  • First, stir and cover for the chicken to cook in its own juice after which you add more water and continue cooking until the chicken is halfway cooked. Then drop in the whole garden egg, yellow scotch bonnet pepper, whole white onions and whole tomatoes and cover to continue cooking.
  • After like 7-8 minutes, remove the garden egg, tomatoes, onions and pepper you added and blend with little water in a blender to a smooth paste and set aside (or pound in a mortar).
  • Now add the tomato paste to the chicken and stock boiling.
  • Stir and add the spice, green unripe pepper and some more water and cover to cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Now use a tiny mesh sieve to sieve in the blended mix and watch as the soup thickens to a light thick consistency.
  • Taste for seasoning and allow to cook for some 10 minutes.
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Conclusion

Chicken’s versatility makes it an ideal choice for experimenting with various recipes, be it traditional Ghanaian dishes or international favorites. With fresh poultry readily available in Ghana, there’s no better time to explore the culinary wonders that chicken can offer. Whether you’re grilling, stewing, or stir-frying, these recipes provide a starting point for your gastronomic journey.

So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and embark on a flavorful adventure with chicken as your culinary companion. Happy cooking!


Note: Always ensure poultry is cooked thoroughly to avoid foodborne illnesses.

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