traditional farm chicken

Traditional farm chicken: A taste from the farm. Image: Adobe.

Traditional farm chicken with an aromatic gravy

Enjoy this traditional recipe Nelson Mandela’s chef used to prepare for him.

traditional farm chicken

Traditional farm chicken: A taste from the farm. Image: Adobe.

In the mood for a traditional meal? Let’s go back to our roots and enjoy a traditional farm chicken. These wild chickens spend their days roaming freely on a farm or in the fields. Their meat is usually tougher than the usual grocery store-bought chicken, but they are really worth a try.

Nelson Mandela enjoyed traditional meals from time to time. Whenever I cooked this traditional meal for him, I would make sure that there was “umhluzi” or traditional meat gravy with no spices in a cup next to his plate. If I omitted the cup of gravy next to his plate, he would ask me, “iBingaseli na?” meaning, “Was the animal not drinking?” What he meant was that the meat was dry without gravy.

I used to serve dumplings with traditional farm chicken to Mr Mandela.

If you have never cooked these farm chickens, make sure you cook the meat long enough as it tends to be a bit chewy if not cooked long enough.

Traditional farm chicken recipe

4 from 2 votes
Recipe by Xoliswa Ndoyiya Course: MainCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 large 1 farm chicken cut into 8 pieces

  • 1 medium 1 onion, roughly chopped

  • 3 cups 3 hot water

  • 1 cube 1 chicken stock dissolved in a cup of warm water

  • 2 tablespoons 2 flour

  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the chicken portions, onion and water in a large pot to boil. Then, reduce the heat and cook until the chicken is soft and cooked. If, during the cooking process the liquid reduces too much, add more warm water.
  • Mix the chicken stock and flour to a paste and add to the chicken.
  • Add salt and pepper and allow to simmer for 15 – 30 minutes.
  • Serve with samp and beans or dumplings with extra gravy in a cup aside.


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