Nigerian Chicken and Plantain Pottage


Dive into the heartwarming flavors of Nigerian Chicken and Plantain Pottage, a dish that beautifully combines succulent chicken, sweet ripe plantains, and a blend of aromatic spices. This hearty pottage is a staple in Nigerian cuisine, offering a comforting and satisfying meal perfect for any time of the year.

Nigerian Chicken and Plantain Pottage

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 generous bowl per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 50 mg
  • Sodium: 400 mg
  • Fiber: 5 g


  • Chicken pieces (thighs and drumsticks): 600 g (1.3 lbs)
  • Ripe plantains, peeled and chopped: 3
  • Red palm oil: 2 tbsp (30 ml or 1 oz)
  • Onion, chopped: 1 large
  • Tomatoes, chopped: 2 large
  • Red bell pepper, chopped: 1
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 3
  • Fresh ginger, grated: 2 tsp
  • Chicken broth: 500 ml (17 oz)
  • Spinach or kale, chopped: 2 cups (60 g or 2 oz)
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Ground crayfish (optional): 1 tsp

Method of Preparation

  1. Brown the Chicken: In a large pot, heat palm oil. Add chicken pieces and brown on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  2. Sauté Vegetables: In the same pot, sauté onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, and bell pepper until soft.
  3. Cook the Pottage: Return the chicken to the pot. Add plantains, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and ground crayfish. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Add Greens: Stir in the spinach or kale, cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Serve: Adjust seasonings and serve warm.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use Ripe Plantains: Ripe plantains add a natural sweetness to balance the flavors.
  • Palm Oil Substitute: If palm oil is unavailable, use vegetable oil.
  • Consistency Adjustments: Add more broth if a thinner pottage is desired.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this vegetarian?

Yes, omit the chicken and use vegetable broth.

What's the best way to store leftovers?

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can I use frozen spinach?

Absolutely, just thaw and drain before adding.