Braised chicken with Odika sauce


Today, I’m going to make you travel in Africa, specifically in Gabon with a simple and delicious recipe that will seduce, for sure, children and adults, and might give you the will to visit the country. The main ingredient may require you to go in “specialized” stores or you need get it through locals people.

Then, move on to serious things! But what is it about ? Drum roll please… I’m talking about braised chicken with Odika sauce!

What? Odika! The Odika is a sauce made from the fruit of acacias that resembles a wild mango and cocoa taste. Called the ‘native chocolate’, seeds are cooks, which warm once are pounded. As it cools, it forms a compact block which can be stored easily, so just grate it to make the famous chocolate sauce.

Back to our recipe. To achieve it, you need:

  • 1 chicken
  • Grated Odika (of course!)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlics
  • 1 stock cube
  • 2 chilis
  • Oil, preference to peanut one
  • Sea salt

So, here we go!

About the chicken, some prefer it braised but you can pretty much cook it as you wish. In short, one imperative: there must be cooked in advance.

Then cut finely the onion and garlic and brown it in a pan with a drizzle of oil. Add the grated Odika and stir in for about 3 minutes.

The next step is to add the equivalent of 3 to 4 glasses of water, and add the stock cube, the previously washed chili (to flavor a little more our sauce) and a few pinches of salt (according to your desire) into the solution. Stir in a little and close to simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Once the sauce seems consistent , the dish is ready! You can also very well prepare the sauce individually if you want. It may be served with plantain banana cooked steamed or fried, rice or cassava.

Let cook and let your taste buds travel to Gabon!

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