How to Eat Bunny Chow – South African Bunny Chow Recipe

how to eat bunny chow

The South African bunny chow recipe, what bunny chow is served with and how to eat bunny chow are going to be our major focus in this outline. It is a food made on the streets and it comprises several spices, meat chops, chickpeas, potatoes, etc. All of these ingredients are usually enveloped in bread. So, the South African bunny chow is more like sandwich! The South African bunny chow can be eaten as lunch, dinner or breakfast! It is filling and easy to make on the go!

Nutritional values

In case you love to watch what you eat, here are the nutritional values per serving of the South African bunny chow;

  • Energy  369 calories
  • Protein 1.6g
  • Carbohydrates 58.2g
  • Fiber 4.8g
  • Fat 11.7g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Calcium 71.6mg
  • Iron 2.2mg
  • Magnesium 43.7mg
  • Phosphorus 126.8mg
  • Sodium 57.6mg
  • Potassium 402.6mg
  • Zinc 0.9mg

South African bunny chow recipe

Let’s dive right into the recipe. First, let’s look at the tips you should employ when making your bunny chow.

1. Ensure that you make use of as many spices as you can. Some of these spices include cayenne pepper, cinnamon, etc.

2. When making the curry, ensure that you fry them bit by bit. Never add in all the ingredients at once. That way, you’d be able to properly harness the flavor present in each of the added ingredients.

3. The kind of bread that you use should be soft and fluffy. That way, you can properly sink your teeth through the mesh when eating it. Also, the best bread to go for is white bread—not brown bread.

4. When spooning out the inner part of your bread, ensure that you do not spoon too deeply. The reason for this is that you may end up reducing the thickness of the base which is supposed to hold up the curry filling. If the bread is soft and fluffy, the base could absorb the curry and get messy.

5. The curry shouldn’t be too watery. Cook it till it is dense. To achieve this, be careful with the amount of water that you add to the pot.

Bunny Chow ingredients

  • Chicken breast or thigh (the reason for this choice is because this type of chicken is boneless.
  • Half a cup of cooking oil
  • Curry leaves
  • Minced garlic
  • Curry powder
  • Diced onions
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Cinnamon
  • Paprika
  • Cubed potatoes
  • Rinsed chickpeas
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chicken broth
  • Salt
  • Pepper


1. Get a large pan and then, place it on a cooker with medium heat.

2. Add in your cooking oil and then, allow it to heat up.

3. Add onions, garlic paste, ginger, curry leaves, and cinnamon. Allow them to cook up within the hot oil. Ensure that you keep on stirring the onions until they become clear enough.

4. Add in the diced tomatoes

5. Add in your chicken thigh or breast. Ensure that you must have previously cut it into small bits.

6. Chicken broth is added to prevent the chicken sauce from burning. If you do not have chicken broth, you could also add water.

7. Once the whole mix has cooked—the water you added should have reduced considerably at this point—add chickpeas, potatoes, and chicken broth.

8. Leave the mix on fire to allow it grow thicker. This could go on for about twenty or more minutes.

9. Once that is done, season the sauce with pepper and salt.

After making the chicken sauce, you can then proceed to make the bunny chow. Follow the procedures below for that;

  • Use a fork to peel off the inner part of the bunny chow. At the end of this, you should get a hollow cavity where you can add your fillings.
  • Scoop in the chicken mix that you made with the procedures described above.
  • Cover the bunny with another bread that has had the middle part removed
  • Serve your bunny chow with salad, beetroot or any other side dish you love.

What is bunny chow served with?

Bunny chow is one of the most delectable foods served in Africa. However, there’s been one question on the mind of several people on what bunny chow served with? Below is a list of all the side dishes you can have with your bunny chow.

  • Salad
  • Fried sausages
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Onion salad
  • Mango pickle
  • Lime pickle
  • Lemon pickle

How to eat bunny chow

After going through the recipe described in the first section, here’s another explaining how to eat bunny chow. Bunny chow is bread whose insides have been carved out and then, replaced with a mix of chickpeas, onions, chicken, potatoes, etc. So, when eating it, hold it up like it is sandwich and bite into it! To enjoy your bunny chow, you could eat it with any of the side dishes mentioned in the above section.

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