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Chicken Nkwobi Recipe

Chicken Nkwobi is a traditional Nigerian dish that is popular in the southeastern region of the country. It is a delicious meal that is usually served at social gatherings, such as weddings and birthday parties. Nkwobi is made from cow leg, but this recipe substitutes the cow leg with chicken for a healthier alternative. This dish is known for its rich flavor, spicy taste, and unique texture. It is usually served as an appetizer or main course.


  • 1 lb chicken

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 2 cups palm oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons ground crayfish

  • 2 tablespoons ground Ehu seeds

  • 1 teaspoon ground Utazi leaves

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Kitchen Equipment:

  • Cutting board

  • Knife

  • Pot

  • Measuring cups

  • Measuring spoons

  • Mortar and pestle

Allergy Concerns: This recipe contains crayfish which is a seafood product. If you have a seafood allergy, you can substitute it with dried shrimp or omit it entirely.

Spicy Level: This recipe uses scotch bonnet peppers which are known for their spiciness. If you prefer a milder taste, you can reduce the amount of peppers used.

Healthy Alternatives: This recipe uses palm oil which is high in saturated fat. You can substitute it with a healthier oil, such as canola or avocado oil.

Calorie Intake: This recipe contains approximately 400 calories per serving.


  1. Wash the chicken and cut it into bite-sized pieces. Place the chicken in a pot and add enough water to cover it. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

  2. Remove the chicken from the pot and set it aside. Save 2 cups of the chicken stock.

  3. Heat the palm oil in a pot until it is hot. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they are translucent.

  4. Add the chopped scotch bonnet peppers and stir for 1 minute.

  5. Add the ground crayfish and Ehu seeds and stir for 2 minutes.

  6. Add the chicken and stir to combine.

  7. Add the chicken stock and stir to combine.

  8. Add the ground Utazi leaves and stir to combine.

  9. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.

  10. Serve hot as an appetizer or main course.

Ingredients and Equipment Links:

  • Chicken:

  • Chicken stock:

  • Palm oil:

  • Onion:

  • Scotch bonnet peppers:

  • Ground crayfish:

  • Ehu seeds:

  • Utazi leaves:

Assemble the ingredients and kitchen equipment before starting to cook. This will make the cooking process easier and faster. The chicken can be substituted with any other protein of your choice, such as beef or goat meat. The spices used in this recipe can be found in African grocery stores or online. To make this recipe healthier, you can use skinless chicken breast instead of the whole chicken. You can also reduce the amount of palm oil used and use a healthier oil, such as canola or avocado oil. Additionally, you can add more vegetables, such as diced bell peppers or carrots, to increase the nutritional value of the dish. This recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the desired amount in a pot and heat on low until warmed through. In conclusion, Chicken Nkwobi is a delicious and unique Nigerian dish that is perfect for any occasion. By following this recipe and making some healthy substitutions, you can enjoy this dish without compromising your health.

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