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New ‘Cooking Safari With Mickey’ Cookbook Debuts This Spring at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


It was so much fun to work with the chefs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to put together “A Cooking Safari With Mickey,” a collection of recipes showcasing the flavorful cuisine of South Africa and India.

We know that our guests are well traveled and love exploring new tastes, and sharing these recipes is a treat. Here’s a sneak peek of the cookbook, with one of our favorite recipes from Sanaa in Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. We like it a little spicy, so add more jalapeños and chili powder. And cardamom pods can be found in Indian grocery stores – -some stores call them seeds, rather than pods. (Each pod is about the size of a dried cranberry and contains 17 to 20 tiny seeds.)


Spicy Durban-Style Chicken
Serves 4

Dry Masala

  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1/2 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Madras curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder

Chicken and Curry Sauce

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Course salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 3 cups canned crushed tomatoes with juice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • Basmati rice, for serving

For dry masala:

  1. Toast star anise, cumin seeds, bay leaves, and cardamom pods in a heavy, dry skillet over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring until spices begin to brown and are fragrant. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. Grind spices in a blender or coffee grinder into a fine powder.
  3. Combine spice mixture with cinnamon, chili powder, ancho chili powder, Madras curry powder, and turmeric powder. Toast in heavy, dry skillet over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until fragrant. Remove from skillet and set aside to cool.

For chicken and curry sauce:

  1. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Trim fat from chicken and cut into 1-inch cubes. Season with salt and pepper. Place chicken in skillet and brown for 8 to 10 minutes, turning to evenly cook. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Add onions and jalapeños to skillet and cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add ginger and garlic, stirring to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Mix in dry masala mixture with a rubber spatula and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and increase heat to high for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Return chicken to skillet, add water, and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, or until sauce slightly thickens. Stir in cilantro. Serve immediately over basmati rice.


  • Will this book only be available at Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge, or would it be available at other Disney stores? I was just at the parks and it wasn’t available yet, but I’m doing a Disney Cruise in May. I know there are some of the Disney cookbooks sold on board. Any idea of this book will be available on the ships or even in the Disney Store in the Orlando airport which features a lot of Disney Parks Authentic merchandise?

  • Tusker House, Sanaa, and Boma are some of my favorite restaurants! I’m sure Jiko will be, too, whenever I eat there. I am so excited about this book!

  • Yum….I loved this dish when I had it last Oct. and I’m looking forward to another dinner at Sanaa this summer. I hope it has the recipes for the three tomato salad and the dips for the Naan bread!!!

  • Hi! I was wondering if I could purchase this book through the Disney Park Merchandise telephone number. We did Disney last year and may not be coming back until 2016. My wife has ALL of the other books and will surely want this one (she’s a chef). Thank you!

  • The zebra domes recipe has been out there a while. Just head to the Disney Food Blog and you’ll find it.

    I hope there are new recipes in this book and not just retreads from the other recipe books. I collect all the Disney cookbooks and find there’s a whole lot of repeats in the recipes.

  • I second Chris’ question: Zebra domes recipe?

  • Whoo Hoo!!! This is my favorite meal at Sanna. A Disney Chef was gracious to provide me the recipe when I was there one afternoon but it’s the measurements for the kitchen to mass produce the dish and I’ve been afraid to try and break it down to make at home. I’m so glad to now have a copy of the recipe which serves a party of 4. I’ll be picking up this book next time I’m at WDW. Thank you for posting!

  • Ah yes… but the big question is will a Zebra Domes receipe be included?

  • Where can I buy the book in the parks?

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