This one pot coconut chicken recipe highlights the deliciousness of East African cuisine. Chicken thighs are simmered coconut curry sauce with ginger, garlic, crushed tomatoes and fragrant spices, and topped with crushed peanuts and chopped cilantro for a tasty final layer of flavor.
I am very excited to share this delicious recipe with you, but even more excited to share the heartwarming story behind it. It starts with my friend and neighbor Laura, who loaned me her African cookbooks.
Laura lived in Tanzania for a year after grad school where, in addition to her great collection of cookbooks, Laura acquired an intense devotion and care for the local people and their plight. Four years ago, Laura joined a fledging organization called “Nurturing Minds” that raises money to build and support the Sega Girls School in Tanzania.
Much of my neighborhood has learned about this wonderful school and we now share Laura’s care and concern and have embraced this cause. So here's a peek at the beautiful school and a little bit about why it's so special.
Currently at the Sega Girls School in Morogoro, Tanzania there are 150 bright, highly motivated young girls who are on a path to success they could not have dreamed of a few years ago. They are from the poorest of families in one of the World’s poorest countries. Many are orphans. All of them were school dropouts, forced to give up on their educational pursuits due to extreme poverty and hardship.
Then one day, news came to their village of an opportunity to apply for admission to a special boarding school. The girls who attend the Sega School don’t pay tuition. They are admitted based on a series of tests and interviews that confirm high intelligence, strong motivation to receive an education and a desperate level of financial need.
The Sega education goes beyond the classroom. They grow half of all the food they eat on campus and their school chores include tending the vegetable garden, caring for the chickens, and assisting the chef. By the way, the chicken farming is something new and interesting - part of an initiative to start small businesses on the property that will both serve to support the school financially and also teach the girls business skills.
If you want to know more about Sega School for Girls, visit the Nurturing Minds website.
Much of the population of Tanzania are subsistence farmers. They grow vegetables and many also raise chickens, mainly for the eggs. Poultry is considered by many a delicacy and is cooked only for special occasions. This Coconut Chicken is definitely worthy of a special occasion!
Here's the recipe for Coconut Chicken with East African Flavors. I hope you try this! And if you do, please come back to leave a review and a comment to let me know how you like it.Print