When it comes to Tanzanian cuisine, there are many delicious and flavourful dishes to choose from. One of the most popular and easy-to-make dishes is Tanzanian chicken curry, known locally as kuku wa mchuzi na karanga. In this guide, we’ll show you how to cook this mouth-watering meal the local way.


4 kg chicken, cut into small pieces (best to use skinless thighs as they have the most flavour)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated ginger
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped


Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.

Add the onions, garlic, and ginger, and sauté for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.

Add the chicken pieces to the pot and cook until browned on all sides, stirring occasionally.

Add the chopped tomatoes, curry powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir to combine and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.

Pour in the coconut milk and bring the mixture to a simmer.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the curry simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked and tender.

Stir in the chopped cilantro and serve hot with rice or chapati.

Final Tips:

You can adjust the spice level to your liking by adding more or less curry powder and paprika.

For a creamier curry, you can add more coconut milk.

To add more vegetables, you can include chopped carrots, potatoes, or bell peppers.

Tanzanian chicken curry is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that you can enjoy at home. With the right ingredients and cooking techniques, you can prepare a flavourful meal that will transport you to the heart of Tanzania.

Try this recipe out and let us know how it turns out for you!

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