Have a taste of Durban with this Free Traditional South African Butter-Chicken Bunny Chow. Bunny Chow is hollowed out bread filled with curry. You may use any curry to make a bunny chow. In this recipe I have used Butter-Chicken which is a divine creamy chicken curry. Bunny chow is a very messy meal to eat so be prepared to get your hands dirty as the traditional way to eat a Bunny Chow is with the hands!


1kg chicken breast fillets
1 - 2 loaves unsliced white bread
cashew nuts to garnish (optional)
fresh coriander leaves to garnish

½ cup plain yoghurt
1 tblsp olive oil
the juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin
¼ tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic cloves, crushed
salt to taste

1 onion, finely chopped
2 tblsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small piece fresh ginger, finely grated
½ tsp ground fenugreek
½ tsp ground cardamon
1 tsp garam masala
45g cashew nuts, finely chopped
2 tblsp tomato paste
¾ cup water
2 tblsp honey
1 cup cream
3 bay leaves
5 curry leaves


  • Mix all the marinade ingredients together and pour over the chicken fillets. 
  • Marinate and refrigerate for 8 hours.
  • Place the chicken in a roasting pan with the marinade and roast at 200°C for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cut the chicken fillets into bit size cubes.
  • Sauté the onion in the oil until soft, add the garlic & ginger, fenugreek, cardamom & masala, and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Add the ground cashews, tomato paste, water, honey, cream, bay leaves and curry leaves, and simmer to a creamy consistency.
  • Add the chicken to the sauce and allow to heat through.
  • Cut the bread into quarters or bigger depending on how hungry your guests are; hollow out the bread leaving a thick wall and bottom.
  • Spoon the chicken mixture into the bread, garnish with cashew nuts, coriander leaves and place the hollowed out bread at the top.
  • Serve with sambals.
Serves 4 - 6


G'day said...
June 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

nice recipe. thanks for sharing. Here is video for indian butter chicken recipe by Jeet sidhu – http://www.gdayindia.com.au/butter-chicken-recipe-by-chef-jeet-sidhu

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