New to Gabonese meals? Try the delicious Poulet Nyembwe and thank us later

August 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Foodie Friday

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

August 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Foodie Friday

Poulet Nyembwe with mashed yam -- Photo Credit:

To commemorate Gabon’s independence day, Face2face Africa spotlight’s their delicious and finger licking national dish, Poulet Nyembwe.

Nyembwe which means “palm oil” in the Myene language is mainly prepared with smoked chicken, palm oil, vegetables and spices. It is usually served with rice, mashed yam or plantain.

Check out the recipe courtesy


  • 1 smoked chicken boneless
  • 16 oz. palm butter sauce graine
  • Red palm oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed


  • Pour palm butter in a skillet. Add a glass of water and heat over medium heat.
  • Skim oil which forms at the surface after a few minutes. Continue to cook over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, heat red palm oil in another pan.
  • Add the onion. Sauté for 6-8 minutes.
  • Add garlic and chicken. Sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add chicken to palm butter. Stir and continue to cook for a few minutes.

Fried plantains

  • Cut plantain slices of about ½ inch. Deep fry in hot oil for 5 minutes. Turn over and continue to fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Arrange on a plate covered with paper towel. Salt right away.

Pounded white yam (typical African side)

  • Traditionally, this is done by boiling yam and pounding for a long time while incorporating water to make a stretchy texture. I adopted the easy way out and I mixed pounded yam flour with water (which is probably what most Africans do today).

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