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Kienyeji Chicken (Road Runner Chicken) Wet Fry

We Kenyans like our meat. Fried, stewed, choma (bbq), wet fry dry fry, deep fried any way we like our meat. For some reason the best places to get this meat is the bar. I always wonder why. What is this that the cooks in bar know that we do not. No matter how hard you try and remake the food at home it never works.

Here is another favourite Kienyeji wet fry. For me I think the best one is made by my grandmother. No one makes it better than her.  I have tried over and over again to do it like her but I keep failing, ooh well maybe one day I’ll get the right formula. This is a basic kienyeji, not too much spice or complications in it. You can also use it as a base recipe and add many other spices like garam masala, fennel etc. HAPPY COOKING!!


Kuku Kienyeji Wet Fry (Road runner chicken)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 4-6


  1. 1 chicken (road runner/kienyeji)
  2. 1 -2 large onions, sliced
  3. 2 tablespoons garlic, crushed
  4. ½ teaspoon ginger, crushed or grated
  5. 2 large tomatoes, cut, into half, lengthwise
  6. 1 tablespoon garam masala
  7. Large bunch of Dhania, chopped
  8. 2 chilies,chopped
  9. Oil for frying, about a tablespoon or less.


Put the onions in a pot and add the oil. Fry till the onions are soft and clear. Add the ginger and garlic. Cook till fragrant and add the chicken. Mix well. Reduce the heat and cover the pot. Let it simmer for about 25 mins.

After the 25 mins add the tomatoes as they are and the chilies. Cover and let simmer for 5 mins, by this time the tomatoes will have “sweated” and you can remove the skin. Once that is done. Mix in tomatoes well and then add the garam masala. Let it cook till the chicken is cooked through adding a little water as needed this should take about 25-35 minutes. Once ready add the Dhania and mix well. Let it cook for 2 mins then add the royco. Simmer for 3 minutes and it’s done. Let the chicken stand for 5 mins then stand.

Written by David Mwakodi
  • mayers

    very nice

    • foodieinthedesert

      Thanx. HAPPY COOKING!!

  • sandie m

    thanks this was awesome…..I was looking for a dish to cook for my mom. Thanks

  • Chris Nganga

    Yes! Success! I’ve just made the best wet fry chicken thanks to you! Asante. I’ve always wondered what those bar chefs know that I don’t… I think that tip, where you put in the tomatoes and the chillis then wait for them to soften, then mix them in, that’s the trick, oh yeah and also not rushing the process! Good one! Thanks again

    • WangeciWandere_Foodie

      YAAAAAAAS…… That is what I love to hear! Share with your friends too. Xx