Apparently there is a palm oil controversy. When I hear that there is an oil controversy my mind goes directly to fossil fuels. It's been hailed for superior health benefits, but those are under review. Regardless, it is a staple and an important source of calories in many poor countries. And it lends a lot of flavor to Muamba De Galinha, a dish that many feel to be Angola's national dish.
Muamba De Galinha
- 3 to 4 pounds of chicken
- 1 squash or pumpkin, diced
- 1/2 cup palm oil
- 2 or 3 onions, diced
- 3T minced garlic
- 3T piri piri sauce
- 1/2 lb frozen cut okra (or fresh)
- 4 tomato, quartered
- 1 cup chicken broth
- Marinate the chicken in the piri piri sauce, garlic and a little bit of salt and pepper for 30 minutes.
- Pour the palm oil into a skillet and heat over medium-high.
- Add the chicken and brown on both sides. Don't overcrowd. You may need to do this in batches. I had to do mine in two.
- Remove the chicken and set aside.
- Saute the onions in the oil for about 10 minutes.
- Add in the tomatoes and the reserved marinade. Let this simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken and bring to boil.
- Turn to medium-low, cover and cook for about 30 minutes.
- Add the broth, squash and okra. Let simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Serve with baton de manoic, Funge or rice.