And so folks, it is another Recipe Wednesday and we are all refreshed from all the love we got at Valentine’s. Don’t worry if you didn’t get any presents or didn’t feel the love as much. We have the right comfort meal for you. This week we are on the West African smiling coast – The Gambia and in particular, Banjul. If you are looking to explore new places and are the adventurous sort, then Banjul is the place to go. To see more of Banjul, click here.

We will be cooking a simple comfort meal the popular Banjul Pepe soup with chicken. It is used to cool those cold symptoms and well, all things (including a broken heart perhaps?)

If you are ready to comfort eat, whip out your cooking utensils and get cooking.


Cooking time: 3 hours

Serves: 4


250 grams of tomato concentrate paste

500 grams of chicken, cut in small pieces

2 litres of water

1 tablespoon of black pepper, finely ground

2 tablespoons of kani chilli, finely chopped (Add chilli as needed. If you do not it too hot then go according to recipe)

2 whole kani chillies

1 teaspoon of salt

1 clove of garlic, crushed

2 large Maggi cubes

2 tablespoons of peanut oil

Preparation Method:

Blend the chopped kani chillies, garlic, black pepper and Maggi until smooth.

Kani chillies



In a pan, heat the oil and stir fry the chicken until thoroughly cooked then add the blended mix and water. Bring to a boil then simmer until the stock is half of its original state.


Chicken Stir Fry 2- Raw Chicken

Mix in the tomato paste until it is thoroughly incorporated with the chicken. Add the whole kani chillies then simmer for another 10 minutes.

tomato paste

Take out the whole chillies which should be soft but not broken.

Serve with crusty bread.


Recipe by The Gambia Experience


Yuddie is the go-to girl on all things research for Afro Tourism. When not researching, you can find her perusing through food channels or just whipping out her cooking utensils and creating a ‘classic.’ She has found a new passion for researching on African dishes and hopes to put her twist on it in future recipes. 

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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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