AFRICAN GUINEA HENS

 

Try this recipe with Rock Cornish game hens. They are most compatible with the sweet potatoes and the bananas. If game hens are not available use chicken. This is a great dish. Don’t forget to serve Pilli-pilli as a side dish.

 

˝ cup onions

2 cloves garlic

˝ lb. butter or oil

4 2˝-lb. guinea hens

salt

cayenne pepper

paprika

2 cups chicken stock or water

2 bay leaves

3 tomatoes

4 large sweet potatoes

4 firm bananas

2 cups white rice

4 to 5 cups boiling salted water

 

In a 6-quart heavy pan : Sauté ˝ cup onions chopped coarsely and 2 cloves garlic, minced, in ˝ lb. butter or oil.

Sprinkle 4 2˝-lb. guinea hens or any game hens cut in 8 to 12 pieces each with salt, cayenne pepper, and paprika.

Sauté on all sides until golden brown.

Add 2 cups chicken stock or water, 2 bay leaves, 3 tomatoes, cut in tiny wedges, 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1-inch chunks and 4 firm bananas, peeled and cut in 1-inch chunks (plantains may be used if available).

Correct the seasonings. It may need a few drops of Tabasco.

Cook 2 cups white rice in 4 to 5 cups boiling salted water until tender.

Serve the African fowl over the rice.

 

Yield : 8 half hens

 

country : Guinea

course : poultry

 

source : The African Cookbook / Bea Sandler