Hello, my name is Betty! I came from South Sudan. We only cook fried chicken for dinner if we have something to celebrate – or for a house party! Most African people don’t really use a recipe when they are cooking chicken, or any other food, and they will start to cook without following one.

    This chicken is one of my favourite things to cook and I just made the recipe up because I know how to cook chicken at home and I do cook fried chicken for my family.  I came up with this recipe to show that we African people do have recipes, even if we don’t usually write them down!

    This recipe will show you how to fry chicken the African way.

    This is a simple way to cook African fried chicken which is extremely easy and full of flavour. The chicken is boiled for 15 to 20 minutes with the spices and then deep fried.


    • 1 Kg of chicken (any part but preferably legs)
    • 1 Bouillon cube or Maggi cube
    • 1 Onion, finely sliced
    • 1 Teaspoon white or black pepper (or both)
    • 1 Teaspoon of grated ginger
    • 3 Garlic cloves, grated
    • 1 Teaspoon thyme leaves (fresh or dried)
    • ½ Teaspoon chilli pepper (or to taste)
    • ½ Teaspoon of curry powder
    • ½ Cups of water
    • Vegetable oil for deep frying
    • Salt to taste


    Step 1: Add the chicken to a pot with all the spices and seasoning (pepper, curry, onions, garlic, ginger, bouillon cube).

    Add the water and salt then bring to the boil – about to 15 to 20 minutes – stirring occasionally to help to the flavour come together. After 20 minutes remove the chicken and put aside.

    Step 2: Heat the vegetable oil on medium heat and fry the chicken until golden brown and remove.

    For a healthier version you can grill the chicken in the oven for 30 minutes and then serve with tomato sauce or anything else you choose to eat it with.

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