Kuku Paka ( East African Style Chicken in Coconut Curry)


This traditional East African dish is a staple in our house. It is one of the first dishes I learned to make from my mom and can also be made in less than 30 minutes. The recipe here calls for chicken breast, but any other chicken cut, drumstick and/or chicken thighs may be used as well.


- Zehra, The FitNest


For the Chicken

For the sauce

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 small tomato
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp green chutney
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp flour or cornstarch (to thicken sauce)

2 tbsp avocado oil
3-4 small potatoes cut into pieces


  1. Marinate the chicken in garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, green chutney and lemon. Let sit for 30 minutes to a few hours.
  2. Place marinated chicken in a baking sheet and place in oven under the broiler for 5-7 minutes.
  3. In a blender, place coconut milk, tomato, turmeric, lemon, onions, green chutney and salt and blend well till smooth.
  4. In a saucepan, heat oil add in potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add in the sauce from the blender and heat through till sauce comes to a simmer. Add in broiled chicken and let the chicken cook in sauce for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Add lemon juice, or salt to taste, garnish with fresh cilantro.
  6. Serve with Basmati Rice or Roti.

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Heifa's Bio

Heifa, is a Chicago based Middle Eastern Food Blogger. Her mission is to develop simple, and easy recipes infused with the Mediterranean flavors that she grew up eating. Her hope is for people to get back in the kitchen and make food that is beneficial for them and their families without lacking in flavor.

Zehra, The Fitnest

To Zehra, nourishing meals are more than just that – they are dishes that feed and nourish our bodies. Healthy eating, fitness and being a loving mother of two are Zehra’s greatest passions. With a Kinesiology and Health Sciences background, she uses this knowledge to encourage her followers to live a healthier life through nutritional eating and ongoing fitness. The recipes that Zehra will share will have you trying different tastes a flavors from around the world.