National Dish of Angola – Moamba de Galinha

February 15, 2021  Nationalfoody Avatar
National Dish of Angola – Moamba de Galinha


Chicken (cut in quarters) 1
Red palm oil / mixture of ½ cup peanut oil and 1 teaspoon paprika ½ cup
Okra (sliced) ½ lb.
Onions (diced) 3
Whole chili pepper 1
Tomatoes (largely diced) 3
Butternut squash / pumpkin (cut into 1 ½ inch cubes) 1 lb.
Chili powder 1 ½ tsp.
Salt ½ tsp.
Cloves garlic (minced) 4
Fresh lemon juice 3 tbsp.
Chicken broth 1 cup

Moamba de Galinha is a flavorful chicken stew that is considered to be Angola’s national dish. One of its distinguishing ingredients is red palm oil which gives the stew a unique aroma and taste. This ingredient may be difficult to find in modern supermarkets but can be substituted with paprika-infused peanut oil.

Directions for Preparing Moamba de Galinha

  1. Create a marinating paste for the chicken by combining lemon juice, salt, two minced garlic cloves, and chili powder.
  2. Rub this paste on the pieces of chicken and marinate for about an hour.
  3. The chicken also is marinated overnight.
  4. In a large Dutch oven pot, heat the red palm oil.
  5. Brown the chicken piece’s skin side down. Flip the chicken pieces. It is best to cook only a few pieces at a time to ensure each piece is evenly browned.
  6. Add the chopped onions, the remaining minced cloves of garlic, tomatoes, and the whole chili pepper.
  7. Pour in a little water and bring to a boil.
  8. Cover the pot, reduce the heat and allow the vegetables and meat to simmer for about an hour or until the chicken becomes tender.
  9. Add the diced squash or pumpkin cubes. Add the sliced okra.
  10. Give the stew a stir.
  11. Pour in the chicken stock and cook for about fifteen minutes till the vegetables become tender.
  12. Serve hot over steamed rice or boiled cassava.

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