One-Pot West African Spicy Chicken Peanut Stew

6 servings
45 min

This West African Chicken Peanut Stew is spicy, rich, and mouth-watering! The combination of tomatoes, garlic, onion, and ginger with peanut butter makes for a fantastic aroma that fills your kitchen as it cooks. Plus, it only takes 30 minutes to make - perfect for any day of the week!

This dish is excellent served over rice or couscous and tastes delicious on its own without any accompaniments!

A chicken stew with peanut butter? I'm sure you are skeptical but don't worry, because we're not crazy.


I had the same reaction when I first heard about this stew recipe. Not really my thing, but then again, that's why they call it an "adventure," right?!


And trust me - if you're anything like me in the kitchen (a little bit adventurous), this culinary expedition down "African Road" pays off big time.


Using peanuts in cooking is popular across West Africa. We tested it before and loved it combined with beef in this tasty Nigerian suya recipe.


Chicken stew with peanut butter may sound weird at first, but let me assure you - it tastes amazing once it hits your mouth, so don't judge until you try it for yourself.


Many people call this spicy stew a peanut butter stew, peanut stew, or groundnut stew. In Ghana, this traditional dish is known as Akoko Nkate Nkwan, Maafe in Senegal, and it's also a national dish of Niger, called Djerma.


The texture varies depending on what you prefer, and if there's more liquid in it, then yeah - it will be a chicken peanut soup.


Why it Works

  • This dairy-free, gluten-free, and low-carb meal is so delicious and perfect for lunch or dinner.
  • You can easily make it in a crockpot or instant pot instead of on a stovetop.
  • It can be "dressed up" for a company or served as a family meal.
  • This spicy chicken and peanut stew recipe will warm you up and fill your house with an incredible aroma that it'll make your mouth water.
  • It's perfect for those cold days or when you're feeling under the weather.
  • This hearty stew uses simple ingredients, cooks in one pot, and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Cleanup is a breeze with this recipe!

This West African-inspired stew is a real treat. Ultra creamy, with very easy-to-find ingredients, it is super addictive.


Focusing on one-pot meals is something that I love because they are so simple and quick to put together, which means more time spent with family or friends rather than in the kitchen cooking up dinner.


Why it Works

  • This dairy-free, gluten-free, and low-carb meal is so delicious and perfect for lunch or dinner.
  • You can easily make it in a crockpot or instant pot instead of on a stovetop.
  • It can be "dressed up" for a company or served as a family meal.
  • This spicy chicken and peanut stew recipe will warm you up and fill your house with an incredible aroma that it'll make your mouth water.
  • It's perfect for those cold days or when you're feeling under the weather.
  • This hearty stew uses simple ingredients, cooks in one pot, and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Cleanup is a breeze with this recipe!

This West African-inspired stew is a real treat. Ultra creamy, with very easy-to-find ingredients, it is super addictive.

Focusing on one-pot meals is something that I love because they are so simple and quick to put together, which means more time spent with family or friends rather than in the kitchen cooking up dinner.

One-Pot West African Spicy Chicken Peanut Stew

Recipe details

  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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Ingredients


  • ▢ 3 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • ▢ 1 large onion sliced
  • ▢ 1/4 cup oil
  • ▢ 4 Roma tomatoes or 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ▢ 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ▢ 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger chopped
  • ▢ 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ▢ 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ▢ 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • ▢ 1 bay leaf
  • ▢ 1 chicken bouillon cube (1 tablespoon), crumbled
  • ▢ 1 large carrot sliced
  • ▢ 1/2 cup peanut butter creamy or chunky
  • ▢ 1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • ▢ 3 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
  • ▢ Salt & black pepper to taste

Instructions


In a food processor, blend tomatoes, ½ of the sliced onions, garlic, and ginger. Set aside.
Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or a non-stick pot, then add the chicken and remaining onions. Lightly brown drumsticks on all sides for 5-10 minutes.
Add the tomato mixture, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, curry powder, bay leaf, and crumbled bouillon cube. Bring to a boil and let it simmer, frequently stirring to prevent any burns for about 5 minutes.
Pour in one cup of water, add sliced carrots, peanut butter, thyme sprigs, and parsley. Allow the stew to simmer, occasionally stirring, until the chicken is tender and the sauce reaches the desired thickness for about 10-15 minutes.
Adjust the salt and pepper, then remove and discard the bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Garnish with parsley or cilantro (coriander leaves) and chopped or whole peanuts if you desire.

Tips

  • Once cooked, you can remove bones from the chicken if you wish.
  • If you don't like spicy food or are cooking for kids, skip the cayenne pepper.
  • You can replace fresh ginger with the ground, fresh thyme with half the amount of dried, and water with chicken or vegetable broth.
  • For more vibrant color, add 1-2 teaspoons of tomato paste.
  • Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
  • Check the post above for more tips on substitutions, variations, and FAQs.
  • Storage:
  • Refrigerate the leftover chicken peanut stew stored in an airtight container for up to four days, or freeze for up o three months.
  • Serving suggestion:
  • Serve over cooked rice, couscous, or with bread.
  • For more tips and FAQs, please click on the link below to the recipe on the blog.

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