World Food Challenge

Day 98: Liberia and Chicken Palava

Good evening, Raffies!

We are at 100! 100 days, 100 countries, 100 flavours.. Thank you all for joining me on this journey and I hope you will keep on accompanying me on my journey around the world.

We are going to Liberia for today’s dinner. Today’s dish is going to be Chicken Palava. A simple and quick dish. To be honest, I felt that it was rather similar to the other dishes from the West African countries I have done so far. It was obviously delicious and I actually would have liked to eat up everything, but my stomach decided that it was enough.

Would you like to try it?


2 chicken breasts, cut into stripes

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp Fair Trade palm oil

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1 can tomatoes, chopped

2 tbsp peanut butter

2.5 c chicken stock

1 cm fresh ginger, peeled and minced

500 g spinach, chopped

500 g Jute Mallow (Molokhia)

1-2 green chili peppers, sliced

2 tbsp peanuts, chopped




Combine the chicken with garlic, salt and pepper. In a skillet, melt the butter and cook the chicken. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the onions until translucent. Add the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes. Add half of the chicken stock, the peanut butter and mix well.

Now transfer everything back to the skillet and add the thyme, the remaining stock, the ginger, the spinach, the Jute Mallow and the chili. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 20 minutes on a medium heat. Add more liquid, if necessary or increase the heat, if there is too much liquid.

Sprinkle with the peanuts and serve with rice or fufu.


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