Dominica’s Mountain Chicken……Very Delightful National Dish

Ingredients

 

 

 

6-8 Frogs(Crapaud)or 12 to 16 legs 
2 pegs garlic
2 tsps salt
1/4 tsp pepper(Hot crushed)
1 small onion (sliced)
1 tsp vinegar
1 Lime sliced in two 
1/4 tsp thyme (chopped)
1/4 cup flour
1 tbs butter
1/4 cup fry oil
1 cup water
4 green bananas (sliced)
2 dasheen (cut into 4 pieces)
2 yams (cut into 4 pieces)
1/4 tsp salt
1 green pepper (sliced)
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Instructions

Only the legs of the Mountain chicken are used. 
Wash the Mountain chicken and remove the skin by cutting and peeling it away with a knife, (as you would chicken). Wash with lime, then rinse with cold water
Season mountain chicken legs with garlic, pepper, vinegar, thyme. Let stand for 2 hours so that seasoning may absorbed.
Pat legs dry with a clean towel, then roll in flour and prepare to fry.
Before frying, heat the fry oil, make sure the oil is very hot (almost smoking). Place legs in the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Let it stand in a bowl.
Gravy Preparation
Take 1 table spoon oil, add butter, melt and add onion. Saute, then add 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil. Next, add flour to thicken the gravy, let it simmer under medium fire for approximately 5 minutes. Add the mountain chicken legs to the pot of gravy, stir and simmer
Provisions Preparation
Peel and clean provisions, boil in salt water. Add green pepper. Boil provisions until tender, but not crushed. Test it by sticking it with a fork.
Serve with white rice, rice & peas and mountain chicken
Serves 4 Adults
 
Mountain chicken can be found also in Montserrat, and is more in abundance at certain times of year in Dominica than at other times. Dominican Mountain chicken is rarely found in the U.S., other than in captive breeding programs. http://www.caribbeanamericanfoods.com/?page=recipes&recipe_ID=29
 
The Forestry Wildlife and Parks Division continue to work on ensuring that the mountain chicken which was Dominica’s National Dish does not become extinct.
A few years ago, the Mountain Chicken was threatened by a fungal disease which reduced the crapaud population in Dominica by about seventy percent (70%). In response to this situation, the Government of Dominica, placed a ban on the hunting of the frog and established a bio technology lab at the Botanic Gardens to carefully study the frog in captivity.
 
The Layou Improvement Committee is hoping to put a petition forward to government to consider Titiwi as a replacement for the mountain chicken-Dominica’s national dish. A member of the Layou Improvement Committee Father Franklyn Cuffy says the Mountain Chicken is ill and the Titiwi has the potential to become the country’s next option.  He said, “I think that it has the potential to become the national dish. The fish is year round."

 

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