Chicken Waakye

Cuisine Ghanaian
Servings 3


Shopping list

  • 1 lb chicken breast cut in 1 inch
  • 1 can Kidney beans rinsed
  • 1.5 cups long grain rice washed

You might have

  • 1 onion peeled and roughly cut
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly cut
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and roughly cut
  • baking soda
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise



  • In a large POT, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Careful of splatters, add beans and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add 1 tsp baking soda, rice, 3 cups of water, and salt to taste.
  • Mix well, cover, and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes until rice is cooked.


  • In a FOOD PROCESSOR, blend onion, garlic, and ginger with 1/2 cup of water until smooth.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add chicken and fry until it turns brown on all sides.
  • Careful of splatters, add the liquid from the FOOD PROCESSOR and Waakye Spices [1].
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes over medium-low heat until chicken is cooked. Add some more water if necessary and salt to taste.
  • On the plated dish, sprinkle Waakye Spices [2] to taste from a grinder or the whole peppercorns.


  • Serve Waakye with fried plantains, boiled eggs, and/ or sour cabbage salad.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword grains of paradise