Terra-Cotta Stewed Chicken


This is an adaptation of kedjenou, a dish usually made in a canari, or terra-cotta pot. It is sealed with a banana leaf, placed in the ashes of a fire and left to cook into a succulent stew.

Terra-Cotta Stewed Chicken
Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
6 servings


  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed and trimmed

  • 4 medium onions, coarsely chopped

  • 1 (28 ounce) can plum tomatoes, drained and chopped

  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 habanero chile, pierced with a fork

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Combine chicken, onions, tomatoes, garlic and ginger in a 2- to 3-quart ovenproof casserole dish with a lid. Tie chile and bay leaf in cheesecloth and add to the dish. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and place the lid firmly on top so that no steam escapes.

  3. Bake the chicken until very tender, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Discard the cheesecloth bag. Tilt the pot and skim off any fat that rises to the surface. Sprinkle with parsley.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Equipment: Ovenproof casserole with lid or clay cooker (see Tip); cheesecloth

Tip: Using a Clay Cooker: Soak the cooker in cold water for 15 minutes. Add the ingredients, cover and place in a cold oven. Set the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake until the chicken is falling off the bone, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

282 Calories
11g Fat
11g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/3 cups
Calories 282
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 34g 68%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 451mg 20%
Potassium 670mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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