This is one of the favourite dishes in Kenyan households. Kienyeji chicken that is wet fried. Knowing how to cook the best kienyeji chicken wet fry is important especially if you are hosting parties and want to impress your guests. Another staple and kenyan favourite is our very tasty mukimo, mutura and nyama choma
Let me bring those of us who are not Kenyans up to speed on what kienyeji chicken is. This is organic free range chicken (also known as road runner). “True kienyeji chicken” are the ones that are left to roam free over the country side or within some of the city estates. They are let out very early in the morning and are left free to wander wherever they wish. Come to think of it chicken does not get lost! Strange I know but those of us who rear these chicken know that by sunset they will all come back to the chicken house.
It is always a remarkable sight when kienyeji chicken is on the menu. Young children have the unenviable task of chasing them everywhere (even on top of trees!). This always delights them because it provides them with an exciting avenue to expend their abundant energies.
Before starting the cooking process, it is very important to remember that after plucking the feathers, hold your chicken over a flame or hot coals. This will effectively singe off all the fine feathers that your fingers are unable to pluck out.
Kienyeji chicken is very different in flavour and texture from the broilers. It is tougher and hence requires more cooking time. In fact, it is not advisable to try and roast a kienyeji chicken. Unless it is a young one. Before cooking it, it is normally advisable to boil it for about 45 minutes to about an hour or if you have a pressure cooker 25 minutes will suffice. Kienyeji chicken wet fry has such intense flavour and this if you ask me is this recipe below is best way to cook it.
- 1 large onion
- 2 tomatoes
- 1tsp chicken masala
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 Tbsp ginger-garlic paste
- Bunch of cilantro
- 1 whole chicken
- Salt to taste
- Coriander seeds
- Black peppercorn
- Fennel seeds
- Cumin seeds
- Fernugreek seeds
- Black mustard seeds
- Cardamom pods
Jikoni Magic’s Tips for Kienyeji Chicken Wet Fry:
- Using the trimmed fat from the chicken is guaranteed to intensify the flavour of your kienyeji wet fry.
- Always try and use freshly cracked seeds because they have a more intense flavour.