Côte d’Ivoire, also known as Ivory Coast, has a rich culinary tradition with a variety of flavorful dishes. One popular Ivorian recipe is Kedjenou, a traditional stew made with chicken and vegetables. Here’s a concise recipe:


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water or chicken broth, as needed


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic, and sauté until the onions become translucent.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and cook until they are browned on all sides.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, bell peppers, and carrots. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.
  4. Mix in the tomato paste, thyme leaves, paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well to coat the chicken and vegetables with the spices.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Let the ingredients simmer for about 1 to 1.5 hours, or until the chicken is tender and the flavors have melded together. Stir occasionally and add water or chicken broth if needed to maintain a desired consistency.
  6. Taste the Kedjenou and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  7. Remove the pot from heat and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
  8. Serve the Kedjenou hot with steamed rice or couscous, and enjoy!

Note: Kedjenou can be customized with additional vegetables such as eggplant or okra, according to personal preference.



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