Thyme Chicken

Recipe: Thyme Chicken and Potatoes

This is no banting meal. It contains potatoes – the life blood of my dietary consumption, and it is here to make your life beautiful. This recipe is easy, moreish,  comforting and will make anyone look like a chieftain of the kitchen.

Ahead of this weekend, which I hear will be a cold one in Jozi, I’d like to share one of my favourite childhood meals with you, beautifully created by my fearless mom, and a dish I have never had at anyone else’s house, or at a restaurant. So I claim it for her. It’s hers. You steal it, you credit me and her.

This is Thyme Chicken and ‘taters:

Jou Ma Se Kos - Thyme Chicken Recipe

Yum much? I say so. Here’s what you’ll need:

Thyme Chicken Recipe:


  • Tablespoon of oil
  • Tablespoon of butter
  • Teaspoon of crushed garlic
  • Tablespoon of white pepper
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 8 mixed chicken pieces (preferably thighs and drumsticks)
    • Always wash your chicken and ensure all feathers have been taken off.
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of dried thyme
  • Sprinkle of black salt (adds colour to your dish)
  • 1 sachet Ina Paarman’s liquid chicken stock
  • 2 sachet’s Ina Paarman’s liquid beef stock
  • 1 cup of water

Tools needed:

  • Electric Frying pan, or a large pan with a lid


  1. In an electric frying pan (or regular pan – adapt as you wish), melt your butter with your oil over a medium heat.
  2. Brown chicken pieces, with a tablespoon of garlic added at the same time – to ensure that the garlic doesn’t burn, please add it in when chicken is starting to brown.
  3. When chicken is browned, add in the potato quarters,  and stir through with the chicken.
  4. Add in the stock sachets, Thyme and white pepper.
  5. Stir through.
  6. Add three quarters of the cup of water, and cover the pan with the lid.
  7. Cook on medium to high heat for around 30 minutes.
  8. Keep an eye on our dish to ensure it doesn’t burn, and if it starts sizzling too much, and if the potatoes are not soft yet, add in a bit more water every time, until potatoes are soft.

    Thyme Chicken in pan, after it has been cooking for 30 minutes.
    Thyme Chicken in pan, after it has been cooking for 30 minutes.
  9. NOTE: Don’t stir around while cooking too much, this will make the potatoes not take on the beautiful brown deliciousness.
  10. When the potatoes are brown and the chicken starts looking glistening, taste a piece of potato, and season with black salt if needed – but I highly doubt it.
  11. Finally take a pic, and tag Jou Ma Se Kos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and become the hero of your family with this quick meal.

Enjoy, and be sure to leave any questions and comments below.


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