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


cayenne pepper


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