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Angolan Chicken & Bean Stew:

What's the big idea?

It's interesting to compare this dish with the Brazilian recipe for Feijoada. In essence it's the same dish, which is believed to have been introduced to Brazil and adapted to use local ingredients there by slaves taken from Africa - possibly even Angola - by the Portuguese.

In common with many other Angolan recipes, this uses palm oil, and quite a lot of it. Concerns are being raised by many environmental groups about the way in which large areas of natural forest are being destroyed in many parts of the world in order to produce palm oil. Additionally, it is not always easy to obtain in some countries, or may be labelled incorrectly, and the amount of oil used is quite high compared to western cooking styles, so we have adapted this recipe to "westernise" it, using less oil and oil from alternative sources.

Serve with plain boiled rice.

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Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 2 x 400g tins white beans (e.g. cannellini beans, butter beans, black-eyed beans, or a combination)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or olive oil
  • 1½lbs chicken pieces - drumsticks, thighs, etc
  • 12oz chouriço sausage, sliced - Spanish chorizo is a good alternative
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small cabbage, shredded
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 hot red chillies, finely chopped (more if you like it hot!)
  • 3-4 tablespons chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt & black pepper to taste

What To Do

  • In a large saucepan or wok, heat the oil
  • Fry the onion, chillies and garlic for 5 minutes
  • Add the chicken pieces and fry until browned all over. Add the sliced sausage and fry for a further 5 minutes
  • Add the cabbage, bay leaves and carrots and fry for a further 5 minutes. Add a little water if necessary
  • Add the tomatoes, beans and parsley. Season to taste
  • Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until all the ingredients are cooked thoroughly. Add more water if needed during the cooking process

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