Marathon chicken is an iconic Namibian dish. It originated among the Oshiwambo people of north-central Namibia. But it is not known if this was originally a rural or urban dish. Most probably, it is the latter, because it is served with a tomato and onion sauce. All these ingredients were much more available in urban areas. The chicken is the key ingredient and tradition requires it to be a yardbird or roadrunner chicken. These are locally known as a ‘werfhoender’ or ‘marathon chicken’. These birds are lean, strong and tough. Thus, they require long cooking times. But, they are much sought after by local chicken lovers because they are flavourful.
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