Chicken with Okra and Djon-Djon, another favorite dish. People who are not from Haiti always talk about Black Rice, Rice with Djon-Djon or Black Mushroom Rice and not about any other dishes prepared with Djon-Djon. It may be because they are unaware that Djon-Djon can be added to meat, poultry, grains and vegetables. Or maybe because the rice dish is so popular that nothing else matters.
Thinking about this some more, one other reason might be because they are not exposed to other dishes created with Djon-Djon. Whatever the case may be Djon-Djon is a versatile mushroom available also in cube spice form in many West Indians and Caribbean supermarkets.
Before going any further, Djon-Djon is a type of mushroom cultivated only in Haiti, processed, and sold dried. Nowadays it has become somewhat easier to find because it is sold in cube form by Maggi Seasoning that is own by Nestle Professional. The company is selling the cube made of djon-djon and other spices. I have found the seasoning in several West-Indians stores.
I always hear the saying, “nothing beats an original.” This is true in this case. Although it is a creative idea to sell, it also has its flaws like many other products. The Djon-Djon Maggi cube is the perfect convenience spice for the Chicken with Okra and Djon-Djon recipe because there is no need to boil the chicken in the mushroom liquid. Just add fresh herbs and spices and the meal is done.
But again, the healthy way to make this dish is to use fresh herbs and spices. If you choose to make this recipe from scratch using the real Djon-Djon, the instructions are also posted in the recipe section. Don’t forget to read the post about Djon-Djon.