Chicken Luwombo

Chicken Luwombo

Are you already in Uganda or planning to visit the beautiful pearl of Africa, don’t miss the chance to taste our local delicious luwombo cuisine- chicken luwombo. Chicken Luwombo is a Ugandan delicacy and a favorite for many locals. Most locals eat this unique meal on exceptional days like wedding, introduction ceremonies among others but you could enjoy this delicious delicacy any day, every day while in Uganda.

What is luwombo

Luwombo is a sauce cooked in banana leaves, which are smoked to make them aromatic and soft enough to contain the food. It is in reality a method of preparing stews by steaming as you will get to learn as you read on.

There are different types of Luwombo like; smoked meat luwombo, mushrooms in ground nuts paste luwombo, smoked meat in ground nuts paste luwombo and dry fish in ground nuts paste luwombo which are a story for another day because our focus is on chicken luwombo. 

How Chicken Luwombo is Prepared?

Chicken Luwombo recipe;

Ingredients include; 1 whole chicken,1 large onion, 2 medium sized tomatoes, 1 large carrot, 3 Irish potatoes,1 tablespoon of cilantro, Salt to taste,1 cup of water, Spices of your choice (1 chicken stock cube, 1 teaspoon Chicken curry masala, 1 teaspoon gram masala, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper), 1 teaspoon olive oil (optional and used only if the chicken is lean), Luwombo leaves (You can get these readily prepared), Kitchen thread or a banana fiber.


You could decide to prepare this dish as a whole chicken or the chicken cut into pieces, have the chicken smoked over charcoal until it is golden brown. You could decide to use a Grill or BBQ stove for this purpose. Add the whole chicken or the pieces in the luwombo leaf that is positioned in a large enough bowel.

Finely chop the onions, tomatoes, carrot, and cilantro into the chicken. Peel and dice the potatoes into the chicken and add the salt, plus spices to the water, mix well and pour into the chicken. Later on, add olive oil if the chicken is lean and not fatty, then wrap up the banana leaf and tie it up with kitchen thread or the banana fiber.

When it comes to cooking, you could further rap your luwombo with normal banana leaves in a saucepan cushioned with a banana stem at the bottom and cover to prevent loss of steam as much as possible. Should you be out of reach of the above, simply steam your luwombo using a steamer all at medium heat for up to 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours.

Where to Eat Chicken Luwombo?

If you are not the cooking type, you can easily find this delicacy at our restaurant at G-ONE hotel.. 

G-ONE HOTEL restaurant offering African local food and drinks. Our restaurant is located at ground floor of our building and is famous for its Ugandan cuisines especially the “luwombo”. The restaurant offers local foods like; matooke, rice, among others  which are served along side luwombo’s of chicken, goat meat, and groundnut sauce. Their meals are professionally cooked, mouth watering and generous in portions, reliable and good customer service from the time of placing one’s order being no more than five minutes. 

Lets make that order ,experience delight in every bite. Feeling lonely and looking for company? come dine with us as we help answer all those questions you had about the pearl of Africa and its people.

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