Mauritian style spicy chicken stew / Salmi poulet


Salmi poulet or chicken salmi is a typical Mauritian style stew. The combination of clove, cinnamon, chilli and red wine create a very pungent and flavourful finished product. This recipe is also perfect for gamey meats such as rabbit or duck. It is commonly served with steamed rice or bread with a side of mix salad! Enjoy

5 from 16 votes

mauritian style spicy chicken stew / salmi poulet

Servings 4 serves
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 kg chicken mixed pieces
  • 1 red onion / spanish onion diced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp clove powder / girofle
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder / cannelle
  • 1 tsp black ground pepper
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 200 g tomato puree
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil


  • In a large mixing bowl, marinate the chicken with the garlic, ginger, clove powder, cinnamon powder, black pepper, chilli flakes, salt, red wine, thyme and 1tbsp vegetable oil. Mix well to coat the all the chicken pieces evenly. Cover and let marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a large cooking pot on medium high heat. Add 1tbsp of vegetable oil and sweat the diced onion for 1 minute.
  • Using a pair of tongs, gently transfer the chicken pieces into the pot and spread them evenly (keep the marinated liquid in the bowl). Cook the chicken for 30 seconds and flip to cook the other side for another 30 seconds.
  • Reduce the heat to low, then add the rest of the marinate from the bowl. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on 'low heat'.
  • Add the tomato puree and gently stir to combine. Cover the pot and cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Finally, taste the sauce and adjust reasoning as required. Garnish with Coriander or spring onion and Enjoy!



Best to serve with bread or steamed rice with a side of mix salad!
Increase or decrease the amount of chilli depending on your taste.
You can also use other types of meat for this recipe, such as Duck and Rabbit.
Course: Main course
Cuisine: Mauritian
Keyword: Chicken, Lactose free

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  1. 5 stars
    I tried it just wow. Thanks for this wonderful recipe

  2. 4 stars
    Nice recipe, but i think two tsp cloves powder is too much.

  3. 5 stars
    Love the recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Tried and loved it, thank you!

  5. 4 stars
    Looks very yummy… time…don’t use cloves and cinnamon powder.. For more taste 5hours before cooking …take a bowl…put 2 stick cinnamon ,8 cloves,6 to 8 red dry chilli and 2 glass of red wine….let all soak well
    Then ….when u r ready to cook.. make a paste of all those ingredients. ….and continue yr step as you did…..Sure you will love it….Thank you…❀

  6. 5 stars
    Hi friends all yr recipes looks very awesome congrats n many thx for sharing
    Like to try yr Salmi Chicken unfortunately u used red wine as a Muslim I don’t used alcohol can u pls suggest me substitute of red wine. Thanking you in advance n wishes u lots of success in yr new recipes
    God Bless U Loads

  7. 5 stars
    I like it thank u

  8. 5 stars
    Very professional.

  9. 3 stars
    Im making it right now, thing is I find it more like chicken in tomato curry…πŸ˜” it doesnt have the brownish colour.

  10. 5 stars
    TOP πŸ‘ bonne continuation 🀩

  11. @FriendsFamilyKitchen says:

    5 stars
    Wonderful recipe!!! Will definitely try. Thank you so much. πŸ‘

  12. 5 stars
    Looks very tasty and easy to make. I will definitely try it .thanks.πŸ™‚πŸ‘

  13. 5 stars
    Merci pour cette recette simple…

  14. 5 stars
    Super, tres facile a realise! Merci

  15. 5 stars
    Thank you. Very easy to follow πŸ˜ƒ

  16. 5 stars
    Premier fois mne essayer salmi. Super et facile. Merci!

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