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Poulet DG (CEO Chicken) – Cameroon

When searching for a dish from Cameroon, I kept coming across Poulet DG. I thought the title was cute because in French, a PDG is a CEO. Turns out that this is a very popular and special dish that was reserved for the wealthy or for when special guests. I watched about 10 different videos of woment from Cameroon making this recipe. Some use pureed tomatoes and some used fresh tomatoes chopped. Were I to do it again, I would probably try it with 5-8 fresh chopped tomatoes, but I didn’t have any at home, so i went with the pureed/crushed tomatoes. We all really liked the flavor of this dish, but it was a bit more work than I generally like to put into making a dish as you had to use at least a pan, a pot and also do some pureeing in addition to chopping vegetables. For me, this means more dishes. The initial recipe I found called for 2 cups of oil to deep fry the plantines, but I found that if you use a good non-stick pan and just cover the bottom of the pan with 2T of oil that works just as well and significantly cuts down on the oil. I had a lot of trouble with my plantines. As we are in the midst of COVID I have been doing curbside and not picking out my fruits and veggies on my own. My plantines, never really ripened. When I cut them open, they were hard and had rock hard black sections on the inside, so I only used the 1 good one, that looked like it should when I opened it and used a banana I had at home. Plantines are not the same as bananas. They are firmer and will not dissintegrate in a sauce. The original French recipe also had you pour all of the stock into a pot, then pour it back in. Not necessary. Just leave the stock alone, skim any melted chicken fat and call it a day.

Difficulty: Medium Servings: 4
Total Time: 1hr20 Prep Time: 20 Cook Time: 1 hour
Rating: 8.5/10


  • 4 large ripe plantains they should neither be too soft nor too hard
  • 1 chicken cut up or chicken thighs (about 5 pounds or 2.5 kg)
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 1 celery stalk – chopped
  • 8 stems of parsley – or cilantro
  • 1 inch ginger root (peeled and chopped)
  • 8 garlic cloves – peeled
  • 1 habanero (hot) pepper (optional) (I used 1/8th of the habanero)
  • 4 small boullion cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (or 8 chopped tomatoes)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 stems of scallions (green onions)
  • 2 medium carrot – or 1 large
  • 1 large handful of green beans
  • 1 bell pepper – or ¼ each of 4 coloured bell peppers

Step by Step Directions

Prepare the vegetables:
Peel and slice plantines.

Chop parsley, onion, celery & peeled ginger.
Peel garlic.

Peel and slice carrots.
Slice peppers.
Cut string beans in quarters.
Chop scallions.

Blend celery, garlic, ginger, 1/2 onion 1/2 cup
water & habanero pepper (if using it).
3. Put chicken in a pot.
Add ¾ of the spice blend, 1/2 teaspoon
salt, 2 boullion cubes, black pepper &
1 C water. Mix well.
4. Cover and let it cook on medium-high heat
for 20 minutes.

While chicken is cooking, cover bottom
of a pan with oil. You can also deep fry them if you prefer.

Cook plantines in single layer batches.
Drain on paper towels and put aside.
6. Brown remaining 1/2 onion in the pan
you cooked the plantines in.

Remove chicken from pot.

Broil until skin is crispy and brown.
(about 10-15 minutes)
8.While chicken is broiling, add onions,
remainder of the spice mix, 2 remaining
bullion cubes, pepper & the crushed tomatoes
to the pot the chicken was in.
9.Mix and simmer while chicken is broiling.
10.Add chicken and plantines to the pot.
Mix. Simmer 5 minutes.
11.Add carrots, peppers, scallions & string
Mix. Cover. Simmer, mixing periodically, until vegetables are tender but with a little crunch.

Recipe Sources: Poulet DG video, Poulet DG

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