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Creamy Bacon Chicken Potjiekos in sunny Cape Town

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chicken-potjiekos“There is absolutely nothing more beautiful and enjoyable than a sunny winter’s day in Cape Town. We only have a few of these days during the wet rainy cape town winters and it’s of utmost importance to use the opportunity to enjoy the day to the fullest. I’ve decided that today I’m going to prepare creamy bacon chicken potjiekos for my family as I know they absolutely love it and why not share the experience with you.

The most important thing to remember when you prepare potjiekos is to take your time tell all to have a decent breakfast so they won’t rush you, it always comes out a perfect dish if you prepare it on a low heat wood fire, to accomplish the perfect potjie you only need 5 –7 medium sized pieces of wood. Because of the time the potjie takes to prepare it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the day in the company of your friends and family also it allows you to enjoy a few glasses of wine or beers.

Today I’m preparing the potjie at home but of course if you add beautiful Cape Town scenery to the occasion the result is a perfect special family day. Don’t worry about your weight today as this is a very delicious dish and you can always continue your diet on Monday or just add more vegetables. Let’s start our traditional South African potjie dish.


Chicken Pieces
Baby Potatoes
Frozen Vegetables (cauliflower, green beans, carrots and broccoli)
Baby Marrows
Patty Pans
Thick White Onion soup
Cream of Chicken soup
Worcester sauce
Spices to flavour


The heat
5 –7 medium size pieces of wood you can also use charcoal but I just love flames.

First Phase
Chop up your onions, gloves of garlic & chicken pieces and ½ of your pack of mushrooms and bacon, mix together in your pot, add your spices according to taste and braai on flames until brownish add Worcester sauce according to taste – add ½ cup of water and boil for a further 15 minutes.

Second Phase

Add your baby potatoes and close the pot’s lid for a further 15 minutes, don’t stir the potjie too much. Add your frozen country mix vegetables the other half of your bacon and mushrooms and a little more of your favourite spices. Close the lid pour another glass of wine and wait another 15 minutes.

Third Phase

Mix your cream with the thick white onion and cream of chicken soup packets and stir in your pot. Your heat should be very low – now let the magic happens for another 15 minutes – stirring every 5 minutes.

Final Phase

Take off the fire and let all stand for a further 10 – 15 minutes. Enjoy with rice.

Final Thoughts

It’s entirely up to you how and which spices you add I prefer fresh garlic, worcester sauce, mixed herbs, chicken spices, salt and pepper. Don’t overdo it you can always add salt etc to your preference. I use frozen vegetables because I don’t need to add additional water, but you can add fresh vegetables just add 1 cup of water.

Enjoy and let us know what you think. If you have any recipes you would like to share, we would appreciate the effort.”


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6 thoughts on “Creamy Bacon Chicken Potjiekos in sunny Cape Town

  1. […] Creamy Bacon Chicken Potjiekos in sunny Cape Town | Sep 18, 2009 … What is a braai blog without a potjiekos recipe? Here's another great recipe I found on … […]

  2. have never made a pot, only smoked some pot (LOL) but am using this delish recipe to enter a potjie competition tomoro – think of me… (any secret tips for ensuring the medal…?) one question – how big should i cut my chicken pieces if i am using deboned chicken breasts???

  3. Jean

    This is the second time I have looked up this recipe. Made it on a trip to Namibia last year – very successful!

  4. Leonardine

    I made this recipe about 2 months ago and it was delicious. We are going away on holiday and I’m definitely making it again! Thanks for a great recipe…

  5. I made this potjie for friends{6} and followed the recipe to the tee.The taste was absolutely awesome and creamy and as you guessed we cleaned every drop of food out of the pot.I will be making it again for friends during this exceptionally cold spell we are having and I bet it will be just as quickly devoured as was the first one.I highly reccomend this recipe to anoyne wanting to make a fine impression on your cullanary expertise

  6. Anja

    I bet my fiance I can make a better pot than he can. I am going to try this…

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