Bunny Chow

Cuisine: African

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

You can’t have enough of this hearty South African delicacy loaded with aromatic spices and rich flavors. Learn how to make Bunny Chow following these easy steps to savor the perfect comfort food on chilly winter evenings. 

  • One pound boneless bite-sized chicken pieces
  • Oil
  • Curry leaves
  • Minced ginger & garlic
  • Curry powder
  • Diced onion
  • Diced tomato
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Paprika
  • Crushed cardamom pods
  • Potatoes cut into small cubes
  • Chickpeas
  • Chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper

A quintessential South African delicacy to give you a warm, fuzzy feeling in winters.

  1. Heat a large pot and add oil, onions, garlic, ginger, a cinnamon stick, 2-3 curry leaves, cardamom pods, 1 teaspoon curry powder, and stir occasionally for 2-3 minutes. 
  2. Add tomatoes and chicken to the pot. Saute for about five minutes and add the chicken broth. 
  3. Now, add the potatoes and chickpeas to the pot along with some more chicken broth, around ½ cup. 
  4. Boil everything and let it simmer for at least 25 minutes till the sauce thickens. 
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and adjust the stew consistency as per your preference. 
  6. Serve hot with freshly baked bread, and you are good to go! 

Chef Tip: You may add half a teaspoon of Cayenne pepper if you like your curry extra spicy.  

The Bunny Chow recipe is one of the easiest to make and will definitely become one of your go-to comfort foods once you try it at home. Let us know in the comments below how you liked this flavourful South African delicacy and ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until it was all gone!

Quick Bites

Fun Fact

• Bunny chow gets its name from the word ‘Bania’ which is a class of merchants presents mainly in Gujarat, India.

• Every year, the Bunny Chow Barometer is held in September on the South Bank of the Umgeni River, attracting numerous entrants to compete for the title of the top bunny maker.

Historical Fact

• Bunny chow ultimately originated among the Indian South Africans of Durban and it is said that G. C. Kapitan created the first bunny chow at his Durban restaurant.

Nutrition Fact

• A serving of bunny chow contains 450 calories, 24g protein, and 46g carb.

• As healthy it may look, it is extremely unhealthy as it could lead to weight gains and other health problems.