As we prepare for the third edition of our Ghana Chicken Festival, on Saturday, July 1, 2023, we present you with seven delightful Ghanaian and continental dishes that celebrate the delicious combination of chicken and poultry with spices and traditional cooking techniques.
Waakye with Chicken: Waakye is a beloved Ghanaian dish that combines rice and beans cooked together, resulting in a unique reddish color. Enhance its flavor by adding succulent chicken pieces to the cooking pot. Season the chicken with a blend of spices such as ginger, garlic, and chili powder, then simmer until tender. Serve the chicken on top of the waakye and enjoy the harmonious fusion of flavors.
Jollof Rice with Grilled Chicken: Jollof rice is a signature West African dish that holds a special place in Ghanaian cuisine. This flavorful rice dish is prepared with a tomato-based sauce infused with spices such as thyme, curry powder, and bay leaves. Serve it with grilled chicken marinated in a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, and a touch of ground cayenne pepper. The smoky grilled chicken adds an irresistible element to the already tantalizing jollof rice.
Ghanaian Chicken Peanut Soup: Indulge in the heartwarming flavors of Ghanaian Chicken Peanut Soup, also known as “Nkate Nkwan.” This creamy and rich soup combines chicken with a velvety blend of peanuts, tomatoes, onions, and a variety of spices. The result is a comforting and flavorsome dish that pairs perfectly with a side of banku or fufu, traditional Ghanaian staples.
Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs: Infuse a touch of Ghanaian flair into your grilling sessions with Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs. Marinate chicken chunks in a mixture of ginger, garlic, onion, and a blend of spices like paprika, cumin, and coriander. Thread the chicken onto skewers with colorful vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Grill until the chicken is tender and the vegetables are charred, resulting in a mouthwatering blend of flavors.
Banku with Grilled Tilapia: Banku is a popular fermented cornmeal dish in Ghana. Accompany it with grilled tilapia marinated in a zesty mixture of lime juice, garlic, ginger, and spices. The combination of the tangy grilled fish and the slightly sour banku creates a delightful contrast of flavors and textures, offering a true taste of Ghana’s coastal cuisine.
Chicken Light Soup: Chicken Light Soup, known as “Nkatenkwan,” is a flavorful and aromatic Ghanaian soup made with chicken, tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, and a variety of spices. The soup is enriched with vegetables like garden eggs, okra, and spinach. Enjoy this hearty soup with a side of boiled yam or fufu for a comforting and nourishing meal.
Grilled Chicken with Shito: Shito is a popular Ghanaian chili sauce made with a blend of dried shrimp, garlic, ginger, onions, and a mixture of hot peppers. Grill chicken marinated in a medley of spices and serve it alongside the fiery shito sauce. The smoky flavors of the grilled chicken complement the intense and savory taste of the shito, creating a culinary experience like no other.
Classic Roast Chicken: A timeless favorite, the classic roast chicken is a must-try. Season a whole chicken with herbs, salt, and pepper, then roast it to perfection. The result is tender, juicy meat with a crispy golden skin. Pair it with roasted vegetables or a side salad for a satisfying meal that never disappoints.
Chicken Stir-Fry: For a quick and healthy meal, chicken stir-fry is a go-to option. Sauté chicken strips with an array of colorful vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, and snap peas. Add your favorite stir-fry sauce and serve it over steamed rice or noodles. This dish is packed with flavor, and the tender chicken combined with crunchy vegetables creates a delightful texture.
Grilled Chicken Salad: For a light and refreshing option, grilled chicken salad is a winner. Marinate chicken breasts with your favorite herbs and spices, then grill until cooked through. Slice the grilled chicken and toss it with fresh salad greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado. Drizzle with a tangy dressing for a nutritious, protein-packed meal.
Ghanaian cuisine offers a tantalizing array of chicken and poultry dishes that showcase the rich flavors and culinary traditions of the country. From the iconic jollof rice to the comforting chicken peanut soup, each dish incorporates local spices and ingredients, resulting in a symphony of taste sensations. So, take a culinary journey with us on Ghana Poultry Day, Saturday, July 1, as we host the third edition of the Ghana Chicken Festival.
Come with children, friends and family, to have a good time!