Bunny Chow

Chicken Bunny Chow Recipe

Bunny Chow is one of South Africa’s most infamous dishes. It’s basically a spicy curry ladled into a hollowed-out loaf of bread. It originated in Durban when apartheid laws forbade people of colour from entering restaurants or cafés, so they took to ordering take-out meals from the sides or back doors of restaurants and the loaf formed the perfect takeaway container.

Chicken Bunny Chow Recipe

By: Georgia Harding

Served in a hollowed-out loaf of bread, this spicy chicken bunny chow is a modern take on a South African delicacy.



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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5cm fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 quill cinnamon
  • 4 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 8 chicken thighs, skinless & boneless, diced
  • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 400g tin diced tomatoes
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled & diced
  • 1 red capsicum, diced

    To Serve
  • 1 sourdough cob
  • ½ bunch coriander leaves, chopped


  • In a frying pan with a lid, heat the olive oil over a medium heat.
  • Add the onion and sauté for 3–4 mins. Add the garlic, ginger and spices and sauté for another 3-4 mins.
  • Now add the diced chicken and sauté for 5 mins or until the chicken is translucent.
  • Season with salt and pepper and add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer with a lid on for 30 mins.
  • Meanwhile cut the top off a cob loaf and scoop out the bread.
  • When the curry is cooked, spoon it into the cob. Scatter over the coriander and serve immediately with the bread from the cob for dipping.


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Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.

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