African Main Dish Recipes

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Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh

Rating: 4 stars 579
I have been making this Moroccan-style recipe for years. It's so easy to make, it has become a tradition in our household.

Spanish Moroccan Fish

Rating: 4.5 stars 148
This Moroccan recipe was passed down for generations in my family. We usually serve it on the Sabbath night and holidays. It is a favorite! This dish may be served hot or cold according to taste.

25-Minute Tunisian Vegetable Couscous

Rating: 4 stars 75
A perfect summer meal. What I love about this recipe is the practicality: it is both quick to make and can wait for you; there's no hurry to serve. It's also a satisfying vegetarian meal that even carnivores love, or if a member of your household prefers meat, a chicken breast poached in water, wine, and paprika and then sliced very thin can be added. I do highly recommend the garnish I devised; it can be made very quickly while the couscous is cooking. Or even if you just zest a navel orange over this dish, the aroma is heavenly and it brings the flavors together. Enjoy!

Marrakesh Vegetable Curry

Rating: 4.5 stars 648
A vegetable-full curry! Serve this curry over your favorite rice and you're sure to have a tasty meal. If you have carrot-ginger juice available to you, try using it in place of the orange juice - either one is delicious!

Peri Peri African Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 61
This is a great spicy marinade recipe, a traditional African dish, great for BBQ. Nice with salad and fries, but I like adding it to a pita with salad and garlic Greek yogurt (3/4 cup Greek yogurt and 3 cloves of crushed garlic with finely chopped chives). Don't go on a date though, gives you wicked garlic breath!

Egyptian Feta Cheese Omelet Roll

Rating: 4 stars 47
This feta cheese omelet is delicious. Everyone who has tried it has loved it — and never expected it to turn out this good. Make sure the pan is well greased, or the sides will stick, and you won't be able to roll it.
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Lamb Tagine

Rating: 4.5 stars 368
Slow-cooked savory lamb stew simmered with aromatic spices and vegetables.


Rating: 4 stars 41
This is a Somali recipe. I learned it by watching my Somali friends around Ramadan and I was able to make my own variation. They are really good and I can't stop eating them. They are served during Ramadan, Weddings, Parties, or just because. Since I am married to a Somalian man, I learned to cook a few things, and there are some of my American dishes he loves as well. For a variation you can substitute shredded beef for ground beef.

Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

Rating: 4.5 stars 384
Eggs poached in a simmering spicy sauce of tomato, onion, and bell pepper.

Best Bobotie

Rating: 4.5 stars 61
Spicy South African dish made with curried ground beef topped with custard.

Tomato Bredie

Rating: 5 stars 22
This is a traditional South African meal, and is good winter fare. Bredie is an old Cape name for a dish of meat and vegetables stewed together so that the flavors intermingle. The gravy is rich, thick and full-bodied, and is obtained by using meat with a fair amount of bone and fat, rolling it in flour and browning it before the vegetables are added. The flavor improves if left a day or two before eating. Nice with brown rice.

Nigerian Jollof Rice with Chicken and Fried Plantains

Rating: 5 stars 5
This traditional Nigerian dish brings out the best possible flavor of rice and chicken. Chicken is first sauteed on the stove top to produce a wonderful aromatic base for the rice. For an extra special and authentic touch, serve jollof rice with fried plantains.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Doro Wat: Ethiopian Chicken Dish
Rating: Unrated 21
You will find plenty of flavor in this Ethiopian dish. Don't forget to serve it with injera, the region's traditional bread.
Lamb Tagine
Rating: Unrated 367
Watch how Moroccan spices lift up this hearty lamb tagine.
Harissa Chickpea Stew
Rating: 5 stars 2

This harissa chickpea stew is served over rice with eggs and za'atar.