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Spicy Chicken with Cabbage, Spinach, and Carrot

A marriage of traditional herbs, spices, and Pikliz, Spicy Chicken with Cabbage, Spinach, and Carrot is an easy weeknight dinner. Serve with rice.
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Author Gemma


  • 6 to 8 pieces of chicken legs and thighs
  • 1 lime or 1/3 cup vinegar to clean chicken pieces
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped finely or minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 - 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 to 1/4 cup Pikliz
  • 2 tablespoons ground green spices
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup fresh juicy tomatoes chopped or diced (grapevine tomatoes or campari tomatoes) or 2 tablespoons organic tomato paste
  • 1 bunch or 1 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • 2 cups cabbage shredded
  • 1 large or 2 medium carrots sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Clean chicken with lemon, lime or vinegar. Create a water bath with water and vinegar or rub lime or lemon on each chicken pieces. Rinse with water and pat dry and place in a bowl.
  • Add onion, garlic, pikliz, salt and pepper to chicken and mix well. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let the chicken marinate at least one hour or overnight for flavor enhancement.
  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature. In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil, add chicken with marinate and let cook for 10 minutes on medium to high heat.
  • Add ground spices, fresh tomatoes or tomato paste, cumin and mix well. Add cabbage, spinach, and carrot and stir to incorporate all the flavors.
  • Bring to a boil, lower heat and cover. Stirring occasionally, cook the chicken for about 20 to 30 minutes or until cook through. Add salt and pepper or season to taste, cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve with rice or boiled root vegetables like yam and plantains.


Pikliz is a hot and spicy condiment prepared with hot pepper, vinegar, veggies and spices. When added to meat it enhances the flavor as well as adds a peppery taste. If you don't want a strong peppery taste, reduce the amount of Pikliz by adding only 1 tablespoon and add 1 tablespoon lemon juice as well for taste.