33. Cameroon: Afrika Grilled Chicken in Tomato Sauce (Kati Kati)

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Cameroon is Africa’s beating heart, a beautifull country with active volcanoes, white sand beaches, thick rainforest and memorable parched landscapes broken up by the bizarre rock formations of the Sahel. So Cameroon has basically everything you expect Africa to have. There are both French and English regions in Cameroon, btw have I mentioned the rest of the 230 local languages they in Cameroon! In contrast with it’s neighbours Cameroon enjoys stability. The infrastrucuture is great, so traveling in Cameroon is safer and easier then in many other parts of Africa.

Cameroon

Here are some fun facts about Cameroon

  • Masks of people there carrying different messages are a very important part of their culture.
  • Cameroon is the first African country to reach the quarter-final in soccer world cup.
  • Cameroon is home to the second wettest place in the world, Debuncha at the foot of the Cameroon mountains records annual rainfalls of 400 inches (10,000mm), this is about 20 times the annual rainfall recorded in England. (and here I was thinking I lived in a rainy country)
  • The name Cameroon (also Cameroun in French) is derived from Rio de Camarões (the River of Prawns) the name given to River Wouri by Portuguese Explorers in the 15th century due to its abundance of prawns and crayfish.

So this week I made Kati Kati or African Grilled Chicken! It was a delicious weeknight meal and I served it with spinach.

Cameroon

Ingredients: 3-4 pounds of chicken, skin- on cut up into desired pieces, 1 ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 ½ tablespoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon white pepper, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon bouillon powder (you may replace with salt),

Ingredients sauce: 2 fresh tomatoes, , ½ cup water or more as needed, chicken bouillon to taste

 Trim chicken of excess fat and pat dry with a cloth or paper napkin. In a small bowl combine the spices, onions, pepper, garlic, and Maggie. Season chicken with spice rub. Preheat a hot barbecue, grill, griddle or frying pan. Place chicken on the grill coated with cooking spray; grill for about 20~30 minutes, rotating sides or until browned and almost cooked. Blend tomatoes and set aside. Heat up a large saucepan over medium heat –add palm oil to the pan and tomatoes puree. Sauté for about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally Transfer the chicken to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat, spooning the sauce over the chicken to coat. Add about ½-1cup of water cover and cook until the chicken is well flavored by the sauce 4 to 5 minutes and thoroughly cooked through. Adjust for seasonings and oil

Manu Dibango is one of Cameroon’s most renown musicians.

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One thought on “33. Cameroon: Afrika Grilled Chicken in Tomato Sauce (Kati Kati)

    miran said:
    November 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    jammie !

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