Roast Chicken and Batata Harra


Oven roast chicken is like the perfect lazy meal. all u do is spread some stuff on the chicken chuck in the oven sit and watch your soap, 40 mins to one hour later its all cooked and ready to go.

Roast Chicken and Batata Harra

As for the potatoes well unless you want to throw them in the oven too and have a complete lazy meal but if not these potatoes are pretty awesome. I originally got the idea of this dish from another Kenyan blog called Jikoni Konfidential. I tried it and really liked it so I did some research and found that the dish is called Batata Harra a Lebanese dish that is usually served as an appetizer. So I combined a few recipes and this is what made my mouth happiest 🙂


Roasted chicken served with Batata Harra

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6


  1. 3 potatoes peeled and cubed
  2. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  3. 2 cloves of garlic
  4. ½ red bell pepper, cut into thick short strips
  5. ½ yellow bell pepper, cut into thick short strips
  6. ½ cup of coriander (Dhania) leaves, finely chopped
  7. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  8. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  9. ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  10. ½ teaspoon of coriander powder
  11. ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  12. salt and fresh pepper to taste
  13. oil for frying potatoes


Heat water in a sauce pan till just about to boil, add a little salt, the garlic powder and potatoes.

let boil for about 5 minutes (till the potatoes are lightly cooked, but not cooked through)

Heat oil in a wok or sauce pan

Drain potatoes and dry with towel

Fry potatoes until crisp. Set on a paper towel to drain

In another pan heat olive oil then add onions, garlic, red and yellow peppers, coriander powder and cayenne pepper and sauté.

Add potatoes, season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

Add ¾ of the coriander leaves and mix well.

transfer to a plate and garnish with the remaining coriander.

Written by David Mwakodi