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Bird’s Eye Bunny Chow

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Recipe development and photography by Rochelle Keet

No, this dish does not consist of rabbit meat, nor is it considered rabbit food. Rather, a Bunny Chow is a typical South African Street Food. As with most traditional foods, there are various stories on how the famous Bunny Chow originated, and since its inception in the 1900s, many new recipe variations have been created. But no matter what curry you use, there is one non-negotiable for the dish—it must be served in a hollowed-out loaf of bread. And we’re not talking about fancy designer bread. Go for that bland, unsliced loaf of white bread you find in the supermarket, and see it transformed in front of your eyes when you fill it with this aromatic curry. (If you’re feeling like something fancier, see our tips below). To add heat to this curry, we used ADF Bird’s Eye Chilli Sauce to add just the right amount of heat, but feel free to add more if you can handle it!

servings:

4

PREP & COOK TIME:

15 mins prep time
40 mins cook time

calories:

553 per half loaf

INGREDIENTS:

 

FOR THE BUNNY CHOW CURRY:

Canola oil

1 tbsp

Chicken fillets (thighs or breast), cubed

1lb

Onion, chopped

1

Salt

1/2 tsp

Garlic cloves, minced

2

Fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1-inch

Garam Masala

2 tsp

Fennel seeds, crushed (optional)

1/2 tsp

Ground cardamon (optional)

1/2 tsp

Tomatoes, chopped

2

Tomato paste

1 tbsp

Vegetable stock

1/2 cup

Butter beans, drained and rinsed

14oz can

Cream (optional)

1/2 cup

 

FOR THE SAMBAL:

Red onion, finely chopped

1

Fresh Bird’s Eye Chilli, chopped

2

Fresh coriander, chopped

1/4 cup

White wine vinegar

1 tbsp

Superfine sugar

1 tsp

DIRECTIONS:

 

FOR THE BUNNY CHOW CURRY:
  1. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and sauté until brown, but not cooked through.
  2. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Add a bit more oil if necessary and sauté the onion with salt, until golden.
  4. Add the garlic, ginger, and spices, and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  5. Return the chicken to the skillet, add tomato paste and ADF Bird’s Eye Chilli Sauce, and stir to combine.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes, and vegetable stock. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes over medium-low heat.
  7. Add the butter beans and continue to simmer for an additional 10 minutes (until the sauce thickens). Stir through cream, if using.

 

FOR THE SAMBAL:
  1. Mix all the ingredients through. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator.

NOTES:

  • Traditionally a bunny chow recipe is made with mutton curry and whole spices. We made some adjustments to make it more accessible for home cooks:
    1. Chicken meat (breast or thighs) is often cheaper, and is generally a crowd pleaser (not everyone is a fan of lamb).
    2. Instead of roasting whole spices, we opted for ground alternatives.
    3. A bunny chow is always served in a halved loaf, otherwise it’s not a bunny chow. If you are having guests over and want to get creative, you can bake your own miniature loaves and fill them with the curry.
  • The cream is optional, you can use yogurt too, or omit both. The curry tastes delicious either way.
  • Instead of butter beans, you can add two medium potatoes (diced) and cook until soft.
  • Bird’s Eye Chilli Sauce

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