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The Gearzette


- August 01, 2018

The food in the picture looks delicious, right? But, if you're not a South African, you might be curious what a Potjie (pronounced Poy-Key) is. For the history and significance of the Potjie check out this previous article here.

Here's another one of our favorite Potjie recipes! If you have a favorite you'd like to share with us, we're all ears (and open mouths). Let's get cooking! Here's how you make Corner Shop Chicken Potjie.

You'll need:

  • 1 Large Onion
  • 8 - 10 Chicken Drumsticks & Thighs
  • 1 Packet Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Small Bag of Baby Potatoes
  • 1 Punnet of Baby Marrows
  • 1 Punnet of Patty Pans
  • 1 Punnet of Baby Corn
  • 1 Packet of Pasta Rice
  • 1 Liter Cold Water
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper


Cooking time: 2 hours.

Prepare & cut up your vegetables and premix the soup into a jug with 1 liter of cold water. When your fire and pot are ready for cooking, pour some Olive Oil in

the pot and add some butter. Make sure the base of the pot is evenly coated.

Once the oil and butter start letting off a bit of smoke, add 1 chopped onion. Once the chopped onion is translucent/browned, add the chicken pieces and season with a bit of salt and pepper, then brown on both sides until the skin is crispy. When you're happy that the chicken has browned enough, add the baby potatoes. Try and spread them evenly on top of the chicken. Then pour in enough of the chicken soup to almost submerge the potatoes. Place the lid on the pot so that they can boil. Check the potatoes once in a while.

Once they are just slightly over par-cooked, add the rest of the vegetables and top them up with rest of the soup mixture. There should be enough soup/liquid in the pot to almost submerge the veg. Place the lid on the pot. Check the vegetables once in a while. Once you're happy that all the veg is properly cooked, pour in and spread the pasta rice all over the veg, try and make a nice even layer that will seal the veg. Close the lid and let the pasta rice cook for a few minutes. The rice will absorb most of the liquid in the pot. Check the rice every now and then until you're happy that the rice is almost fully cooked. Don't overcook the rice.

Take the pot off the fire and let it stand. The remaining heat in the pot will cook the pasta rice all the way through. Once you're happy that the rice is cooked, serve

and enjoy!

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