Chicken in Coconut Sauce/Kuku wa kupaka

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Serves 4-5

Authentic Mombasa/Coastal (East African) dish...Kuku wa Kupaka...shortened to Kukupaka. Chicken cooked in spicy coconut sauce served with coconut rice and mandazi. One of the yummiest coastal dishes I know!

chicken without skin cut into 8-10 pieces
1 tsp
garlic paste
1 tsp
ginger paste
fresh coriander paste
(grind the coriander leaves n stems with a bit of water)
green chillies
1/2 tsp
turmeric powder
1/2 tsp
red chilli powder
juice of half a lemon
2 cups
heavy coconut milk
3 cups
light coconut milk
(If you're using fresh coconuts, you would need about 3-4 coconuts per chicken)
salt to taste
some corn flour
2 tsp
tamarind paste

First clean/wash your chicken then put the pieces in a pan. Add the ginger n garlic paste, salt and coriander paste. Add some water (about 1 cup) and boil on medium whilst covered until the chicken is almost tender. Drain and set aside. (you can use any leftover broth for soups or in the accompanying rice if you will be serving rice).

In a separate pan, pour the thin coconut milk, add salt, green chili, turmeric powder and garlic paste. Cook this milk on a gentle flame until it starts to thicken slightly, making sure to stir all the time so that the coconut milk doesn't 'break'. If it doesn't thicken, you can add a bit of corn flour. Immerse your chicken pieces into this mixture and let them boil together so that the chicken takes up the yummy coconut flavor and continues to cook plus the pieces will acquire a light covering of the sauce. I sometimes like to add some potatoes in this....just boil them separately in water and add them when you're adding the chicken pieces into the LIGHT coconut milk. This way they get enough time to get all the flavor.

Turn off the heat after a few minutes, now remove the chicken pieces and either grill them on a charcoal grill for about 5 minutes or use the coal smoking effect to give them a good bbq-type smokey flavor. Then return them back into the coconut sauce and set aside.

In a different smaller pan, pour the HEAVY coconut milk. Add juice of half a lemon and 2 tsp. of tamarind sauce/paste, salt, chili powder and a pinch of turmeric. Boil this on a low flame making sure to stir all the time until it thickens and cooks through. Adjust salt/lemon/chili. Now pour this thick sauce over the chicken pieces and mix together thoroughly. You can give the combination a quick simmer and you're done.

Serve with Mandazi or rice...enjoy!! :))



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Mashallah Tabarak_allah,Yangekuwa pia yameandikwa kwa kiswahili hayo mapishi ni vizuri zaidi kuliko hiyo lugha ya kigeni pekee,kwani sisi wengine hatukukamilisha kusoma na kujua lugha hiyo ya kigeni,twashukuru dada Fauzia kwa website hii muhimu.

Fauzia are you from Mombasa? I second Samya's comments, you have a great website. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

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I grew up in Mombasa, and thank you! :)

Can i use coconut powder? How would i do this as you use thick and thin coconut. ?

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Yes you can, dilute it further for light and leave it heavier for thick.

Hi fauzia ! Love your recipes !! I added way too much green chilies this time and I am not sure what I can do now? Please help

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, thank you! Unfortunately not much you can do to reduce chillies spice, but you could make more of the coconut milk to dilute the flavour.