Disclaimer: This post contains a recipe highlighting a different country or culture. While I strive for authenticity, I sometimes need to make adjustments to recipes due to ingredient availability.
It’s time for Eat the World and we’re headed to the Congo. African countries are always a challenge for me, so I was excited to take this one on!
I found a fantastic chicken recipe that I knew the whole family would enjoy….as long as they didn’t realize there was peanut butter in it until after they ate!
So funny story. Hubs spotted me adding the peanut butter to the sauce in the final step (but I wasn’t worried about him - he is a very adventurous and open-minded eater). The kids meanwhile, were nearby, doing their homework at the kitchen table.
Suddenly Spud pipes up, “You should make peanut butter cookies, I really like those”. I make vague promises and continue cooking.
After we are nearly done, I reveal that the recipe comes from the Congo and my surprise that it was eaten with no comment. At which time Spud pipes up, “It’s spicy” and Hubs says, “Way to go, did you really want comments?”
Haha. I then revealed that there was peanut butter in the sauce and Spud exclaimed, “I knew it! I thought it smelled like peanut butter cookies but that seemed weird because I knew you weren’t making them!” Dude heartily agreed, having also smelled the peanut butter.
Hahaha! So much for stealth! At least they both ate it! And yes, I am planning to make peanut butter cookies this week!
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Moambe Chicken (Congo Poulet Moambe)
Adapted from Low Carb Africa
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Pinch crushed red pepper
Pinch of parsley
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown on both sides (3-5 minutes per side.) Remove chicken.
Reduce heat to medium low and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce, bouillon, paprika, cayenne, and black pepper. Bring to a low boil.
Add the chicken back into the pan, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in the peanut butter. Cover and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Garnish with red pepper and parsley and serve.
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England: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Leaky Cauldron-Style Mini Cottage Pie
Georgia: Lobiani (Bean-Stuffed Bread)
Mexico: Crispy Pork Carnitas
Cambodia: Loc Lac (Shredded Beef with Lime)
Israel: Chicken Albondigas (Chicken Meatballs)
Finland: Sima (Lemonade)
Puerto Rico: Arroz con Tocino (Rice with Bacon)
Egypt: Ghorayebah Cookies
Ukraine: Scuffles (Rohalyky) Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
Portugal: Bitoque (Steak & Eggs)
Germany (Christmas Special): Lebkuchenherzen (German "Gingerbread" Cookies)
Trinidad & Tobago: Trini Macaroni Pie
Iraq: T'bit (Slow Cooked Chicken & Brown Rice)
Fiji: Fijian Creamy Lentil Soup (Dhal)
Senegal: Cafe Touba (Senegalese Spiced Coffee)
Colombia: Cañón de Cerdo (Colombia-Style Pork Loin Roast)
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The Netherlands: Dutch Farmer’s Cheese Soup (Boerenkaas Soep)
Laos: Khao Piak Sen (Lao Chicken Noodle Soup)
Jamaica: Chicken & Pumpkin Soup
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Luxembourg: Bouchée à la Reine (Vol-au-Vent)
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