Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Independence Day Angola


On November 11, 1975, the south African state of Angola gained its independence from Portugal after almost 400 years of colonial rule. Celebrate Angolan Independence with Muamba de Galinha, a spicy Angolan chicken dish.

Spicy Chicken with Garlic and Vegetables

2 lb. chicken, cut up and roasted

4 tablespoons olive oil *

1 c. chicken broth

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 onions, sliced

2 cayenne peppers, seeded and sliced

1 Delicata squash, roasted whole then cut into bite-size pieces

3 tomatoes, quartered

1/4 teaspoon grains of paradise
1 bay leaf

salt and pepper, to taste

Pour 4 tablespoons of olive oil into a Dutch Oven or large pot and heat over moderate heat. Add the minced garlic and sliced onions. Cook until translucent. Add the roasted chicken, chicken broth, tomatoes, peppers, roasted squash, bay leaf, grains of paradise, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook for about 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and serve over rice.

* While red palm oil is used in Angola, it has a very strong taste and western palates are likely to prefer olive oil.

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