RECIPE: Chakalaka Chicken Evuzisa Izinkcwe (Mouth-Watering)


I have to give props when they are due, the first time I prepared this recipe was one of those days you get back from work and don’t feel like cooking but you are hungry and you’ve got to eat….

For me chicken is one of the easiest items to prepare.  I had (still have) a cupboard full of Rhodes canned items which I got as one of the prizes from Dinner Divas.  So, I thought, chicken + opening a can = Brilliant Idea! I placed the chicken on a baking dish without adding any seasoning to it, I poured a can of Rhodes Mexican Style Tomato, Onions & Green Pepper relish over the chicken and cooked it in the oven.  The end results were seriously amazing.

However, the foodie in me also likes preparing recipes from scratch hence the recipe below, but hey if you feel like a quick meal do not feel like chopping feel free to just open a can.

Now to the interesting part, I prepared this recipe in front of a group of people and a camera for the first time.  The aim was to give them an idea of how I really come up with my recipes.  Personally, I believe that the best recipes are the ones that are prepared by just having an idea of what you would like to prepare, going into the kitchen, following your gut and letting your senses guide you by tasting your food and adjusting the flavours, colours and textures accordingly.  That’s how I came up with this recipe and they got to witness the raw deal.  Initially, there was no green in the recipe and the sight of a red and yellow chakalaka wasn’t doing the trick.  Luckily, I had mange touts in the fridge and threw in a cup. I like what the role played by mange touts on the appearance.  Talk about a sexy looking chakalaka!

While the chicken was cooking in the oven I prepared an Amadumbe Mash (with an interesting twist) and served it with the chicken.  I’ll be sharing the Amadumbe Mash recipe tomorrow.  We washed the meal down with a good bottle of Chardonnay.  Hope you get to try it.  Happy Workers’ Day!

Chakalaka Chicken


Chakalaka Chicken

Serves: 8

±1kg chicken (preferably thighs), skin removed

15ml (1Tbsp) olive /canola oil

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 yellow/red pepper, cut into strips

2 carrots, cut julienne

250ml (1cup) mange toute

7.5ml (½ Tbsp) rosemary, chopped

30ml (2Tbsp) chutney (any chutney will do, I’ve tried hot, tomato and chilli chutneys)

15ml (1Tbsp) medium curry powder

15ml (1Tbsp) red wine vinegar

2.5ml (½tsp) salt

2.5ml (½tsp) freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 190۫C.
  2. In a saucepan, heat oil and sauté onion until soft.
  3. Add garlic, red/yellow pepper, carrots, mange touts and rosemary.  Continue cooking for a further minute stirring the whole time. Do not over cook the veggies, they still need to go into the oven.
  4. Add curry powder, red wine vinegar.   Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place chicken on a lightly greased baking dish.
  6. Throw the chakalaka over the chicken.  Ensure that the chicken is covered.
  7. Put in the oven and let it cook for 50 minutes to an hour.
  8. Serve with Amadumbe Mash.

Thuli’s Tips:

  • I believe some of my Joburg readers prefer a spicier chakalaka.  This one is for you:  Add one or two chopped chillies to the chakalaka.
  • Canned chakalaka can also be used.
  • To my ladies:  Add this recipe to your Freakum Dish list!  Your men will love it!





About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 10 )

  • This sounds and looks simply delicious, Thuli! I hope you are well?

    • Hi Zirkie,

      Thanks for visiting! I’m good just busy. xoxo

  • Looks great! Just discovered your blog and looking fwd to going through it and discovering authentic South African dishes!

    • Hi Adhis, great to have you here! Hope you get to try out some of the dishes! Enjoy!

  • Missy

    I ran across your documentary on youtube and I had to stop by to view this dish. I’m definitely will try it out! You ae hilarious! (freakum dish).

    • Hi Missy,

      I actually wanted to call the blog freakum dish, believe it or not! hehe! My friends used to ask me for recipes to impress potential boyfriends. Hope you enjoy!

  • Non's

    Hi Thuli

    You are amazing, love all your recipes. Konke lokudla kuconsisa amathe! Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Non’s, Thank you! 🙂 Loling at kuconsisa amathe! xx

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