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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.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, October 2020


Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • 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.

  • 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

1 1/3 cups
282 calories; protein 34g; carbohydrates 11g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 5g; fat 11g; saturated fat 3g; cholesterol 173mg; potassium 670mg; sodium 451mg.