Chicken Causa Elim

Chicken Causa Elim


Serves 6 entrees

This recipe needs a 4 inch diameter ring mould.


Chicken Filling:

  • 1.5kg whole chicken
  • 1/2 leek
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 1 stalk of celery, finely diced
  • 2 choko’s
  • 3 Tbsp Elim mayonnaise….pre-made
  • salt to taste

Potato Layer:

  • 1.2 kg white potatoes
  • 30 ml rice bran oil
  • 30 ml reserved chicken stock (from the poaching water above)
  • 1/2 leek, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed


  • 1/4 of a purple cabbage and extra sprigs of parsely



  • Place the whole chicken in a large saucepan and cover with salted water
  • Add chopped 1/2 leek and 2 sprigs of the parsley
  • Bring the pot to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for about 1 hour (until the chicken is cooked), with the lid only partially covering the pot
  • Reserve about 1/2 cup of the stock liquid when the chicken is cooked
  • Shred and finely chop the chicken
  • Mix with very finely diced celery, the other chopped sprigs of parsley and the mayonnaise.
  • Salt to taste 



  • Peel and slice the choko’s and cook (microwave) until quite tender. Set aside
  • Dice the purple cabbage, cook until soft, then puree to a paste for the decoration


  • Peel the potatoes, chop them and boil them in salted water until tender
  • Fry in some oil, on low heat until tender, the remaining 1/2 leek and garlic. Cool and then puree to a paste
  • Drain the potatoes and place in a bowl to mash
  • Add the leek and garlic puree, and 30ml each of the rice bran oil and the reserved stock.
  • Mash the potato. Add extra reserved stock if the consistency of the potatoes requires it. The ;potato needs to be stiff enough to hold their shape when moulded


This dish is served cold or at room temperature, so it can be made earlier on the same day and kept in the fridge until serving time. Even so….I prefer it at room temperature or slightly warm from being served not long after cooking all the ingredients.


  • Divide the potato mixture into 6, the chicken mixture into 6 and the choko’s into 6 serves.
  • Place a greased, 4-inch ring mould in the centre of the entree serving plate
  • Each causa has 2 layers of potatoes; bottom and top. So take one sixth of the potato mixture and divide this into 2
  • Place the first half of the potato into the bottom of the mould. It should be at least 1 cm high
  • Cover the potato with one sixth of the coked choko’s
  • Cover the choko with one sixth of the chicken mixture. Again the chicken should be about 1 cm high
  • Top the chicken with the remaining half of the potato mixture for that causa; again ~ 1 cm high
  • You can remove the ring mould and repeat this on the other serving dishes
  • You can refrigerate it at this point for a few hours, or serve it straight away (which is how I prefer it)
  • Don’t add the purple cabbage decoration until serving time, or a purple mark will spread on top of the white potato



  • This is usually served as a entree dish
  • Although it can be refrigerated for several hours, I prefer the dish not to be that cold, and served more room temperature to slightly warm
  • You might enjoy is as part of your Christmas dinner
Disclaimer: Please note that the food chemical elimination diet is a testing tool to find which food chemical substances your body is sensitive to. It is not intended to be a life-long diet. This procedure should be done with the supervision of your dietitian. Once the elimination investigations are complete you need to add foods back to the diet, from the food chemical groups you have been avoiding, to find your tolerance levels to the substances to which you are sensitive.

The following recipes fall into 4 main categories and will help you through this diet investigation and or the initial re-introduction of moderate chemicals.

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