Muamba Chicken (Muamba De Galinha)

On the list of Africa’s special is Muamba Chicken. It is also known as Muamba de Galina. An Angolan chicken stew, usually cooked in palm oil and flavored with with garlic, chili, vegetables. If you’re a lover of core traditional dishes, this meal does it. It is quite yummy!

What is Muamba De Galinha?

Muamba chicken is a national food in Angola and it is safe to say that the intentional, spicy infusion of seared chicken makes it even yummier. Angola, with its place on the clime of central Africa is popular with this dish in and around its environs.

History Of Muamba De Galinha

Records have it that Chicken Muamba or Muamba de Galinha came out 10th in CNN World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods 2011. So, even if this dish is not so popular in today’s food list, it has made world-wide waves for its uniqueness in taste and composition.

What Do I Need to Make Muamba Chicken?

You would need the following elements for making this dish; lemon, garlic, chili, chicken, palm oil, onions, tomatoes, okra.

Do not ever forget that this spicy stew tastes great with yuca, or you can decide to serve over rice instead. Either ways, make sure you enjoy your muamba chicken.

Why Palm Oil For Muamba Chicken?

It is just certain that you’d be concerned, regarding the level of bad report palm oil has. Best believe, if you are new to this recipe and you want to get good results, it is best to use palm oil. It has got both saturated and unsaturated fat and a great measure of vitamins. This is why it is widely labeled “better than butter”.

Regardless of the health sentiments of palm oil, there has been some established nutritional values of this traditional oil. Palm oil can be used in preventing vitamin A deficiency, cancer, brain disease, aging; and treating malaria, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cyanide poisoning. Palm oil is used for weight loss and increasing the body’s metabolism.

How to Make Chicken Muamba

With the consistent mention of chicken, you would understand that it is an Angolan Luxury food. To make the dish, you need to combine chicken, spices, okra and palm butter to get a stew-like mixture.

Natives of Angola and even many seasoned chefs have designed several recipes for making Muamba Chicken. The one below is one and the most regular too.

In fact, an online review has it that “What makes the muamba so special at Palanca Gigante is its peanut seasoning, whose recipe is a carefully kept house secret. The sweet flavor contrasts beautifully with the bitter vegetables”.

Just to satisfy your curiosity, Palanca Gignate is a place in Angola.


Muamba Chicken

Chicken Muamba

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Angola, Congo


  • 3 ½lb whole chicken
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 large fresh tomato
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 onion diced
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons palm oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1 hot pepper
  • ½ lb frozen okra


  • Simmer chicken covered in water with bouquette garnis until it's falling off the bone.
  • Never boil meat that makes it rubbery. Pull meat off the bone and reserve stock.
  • Sauté onion, hot pepper and garlic in oil until translucent. Add tomato.
  • Stir in tomato paste and about 1/2 C stock.
  • Add peanut butter.
  • You should end up with a sauce that is similar in texture to spaghetti sauce. Add more stock if needed.
  • Return chicken to the pan and simmer for a few minutes to infuse the flavors.
  • Serve over rice.
Keyword Chicken


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Nympha Nzeribe
Hi there! I'm Nympha Chinenye Nzeribe, a writer and lifestyle enthusiast. Food consumption, has since the inception of time, been an inevitable part of our lives. Here, I commit to highlighting the history, uniqueness, and cooking realities of several dishes. Stay with me.

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