Muamba de Galinha of Angola

Muamba de Galinha


About This Recipe

This is the national dish of Angola, at least according to Wikipedia. It gets is characteristic flavor from red palm oil which, in turn,  gets its color from lycopene.  It is also antioxidant rich and studies have shown it can help prevent heart disease by regulating the balance between good and bad cholesterol. You can find palm oil in health food stores.  Serve this dish with boiled yuca (cassava) or over rice.

Muamba de Galinha of Angola



  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 chicken, quartered
  • 1/2 cup red palm oil
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, left intact
  • 3 tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 pound butternut squash or 1 lb pumpkin, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound frozen okra, thawed



Combine lemon juice, 2 of the garlic cloves, salt, and chili powder; rub all over chicken and marinate at least 1 hour up to overnight.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven, over medium heat, and brown chicken on all sides, in batches, if necessary.

Add onion, remaining garlic, chili pepper and tomatoes; bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer until chicken is tender, about 1 hour.

Add squash, chicken broth, and okra; cook until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

Serve with boiled yuca or over rice.

Serves 4.

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