Spicy African chicken stew

Spicy African chicken stew

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 5 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

Cayenne pepper and Scotch bonnet chillies give this boldly flavoured peanut casserole a fiery kick

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
633
protein
44g
carbs
25g
fat
40g
saturates
10g
fibre
4g
sugar
12g
salt
0.8g

Ingredients

  • 500ml chicken stock, heated
  • 340g jar smooth peanut butter
  • 2 onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • ½-1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 tsp ground coriander
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 scotch bonnet chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x 800g pack chicken thighs and drumsticks, skinned
  • 3 sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • good handful coriander, chopped, a little reserved for sprinkling
  • rice and lime wedges, to serve (optional)

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Method

  1. Pour the hot stock over the peanut butter and stir until dissolved. Heat a very large pan and fry the onions in the oil for 5 mins to soften. Add the ginger, cayenne, if using, ½ tsp black pepper, coriander, cumin, chillies and bay and cook, stirring, for 2 mins.
  2. Tip in the tomatoes and the peanut stock, then stir in the chicken pieces. Put a lid on the pan and leave to simmer for 30 mins, stirring frequently to make sure the peanut butter doesn’t stick to the base of the pan.
  3. Stir in the sweet potatoes, peppers and chopped coriander, then cook for 30 mins more. Serve sprinkled with the reserved coriander, with rice and lime wedges for squeezing over, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2012

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BexIAm's picture

This was very easy to make but wish I had made less as I'm afraid we didn't like it...no one else has mentioned this so maybe it's just our taste buds but I think the cumin really overpowered it. I didn't use any more than the recipe said but it ruined it for us. I would also probably half the amount of peanut butter and add another tin or half a tin of chopped tomatoes instead. Had just the right amount of spice for us; a touch more and it would have been too much. If making this I strongly recommend only making enough for 2 portions just in case you don't like it.

jburton's picture

This sounds great and after reading the reviews is definitely something I will make especially as my fella is such an avid fan of peanut butter. Only changes I'm making are, I will halve the recipe amount as I'm serving 2 people and instead of on the hob i will cook nice and slow in the oven (180fan) till cooked to solve the sticking to the pan thing. will be back to comment once I've made it.

amaka's picture

What African country does this peanut stew originate? It would have been more appropriate to have mentioned it instead of generalizing. Please care enough to find out and amend. Otherwise good job.

kirstylouise86's picture

Seriously delicious. Really surprised at how much we liked it. A great dish to disguise veg in too, I added more veg than in the recipie and it was perfect. Will make again

Thecyclingchef's picture

Absolutely fabulous!

sheleeng's picture

Love this dish!!! Firm family favourite!! I have to make the peanut butter from scratch because we live in Catalunia and can not buy it.....but, that in itself, makes it even more special....and usually, we have enough left for toast in the mornings!!1 Even the kids love it!!!

Barcarich's picture

you can buy it in Mercadona

Mickhoughton's picture

Absolutely gorgeous. Kept most of the chilli seeds in for a slightly bigger kick.

last edited: 10:33, 18th Oct, 2013
Pynner's picture
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This was lovely the only thing I changed was used 1/2 the amount of peanut butter -because that's what I had in the cupboard

ruthiestruthie's picture

I really enjoyed this. It's very tasty, but:

If you are trying this for the first time, and are not sure if you will like it, I strongly recommend that you halve the quantities. (Also, if you don't have a giant pan to cook it in, as this is a serious amount of chicken, veg and stock to fit in a pan!!)

Also, I've made it with chicken thigh fillets which I prefer to drumsticks (although the meat seriously falls off the bones making them easy to pick out) . It does need dark meat for the flavour though I think.

berniea's picture
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I have just finished eating this. Really enjoyed it, have made enough to freeze and will certainly be making it again.

stormyraincloud's picture
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This was delicious. I have been putting it off because of the high calorie and fat content, but I couldn't resist and it was definitely worth the wait.
I didn't add the chillies, because the younglings would moan, but I will definitely add some next time, they can cope with a little spice and it would be so much nicer with a little kick.

meow967's picture
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Tried this recipe, I am sorry, I LOVE BBCGOODFOOD but this tasted like dirty peanut water.... not nice at all....

carolestevens11's picture
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Really nice, I would make sure you use a decent quality peanut butter and if it does get a bit too think you can control this by adding a bit of water. Will be making again :)

angryt's picture
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I have to say I was NOT expecting this to be nice. When we first mixed the peanuts butter and stock we were dubious, once we added it all together it smelt AWFUL and tasted terrible. But reading all the reviews here we persisted, and slow cooked it. And I am so glad we did. It was really lovely, the sauce was just gorgeous, aromatic and creamy, and the chicken was just falling off the bone. It could be a bit spicier, but I really did enjoy it.

trixiecat's picture
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Lovely, the sauce is wonderful! To solve the problem of the sticking to the pan on the hob, I put the pot in the oven on a low heat to cook through the sweet potatoes. Worked well, we will be making this dish again, thanks for the recipe.

browste1's picture
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We enjoyed this one, but I used less peanut butter than in recipe.

harriate's picture

I have recently tried this recipe and really enjoyed it! Changed a couple of things. Check out my blog for more www.harriate.blogspot.co.uk :)

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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This was very thick and gloopy. I didn't fancy eating it. Even my husband who is an avid peanut butter fan, thought there was too much peanut butter. Also, it could have done with being spicier. Don't forget to stir as it does stick to the bottom of the pan.

bethanhull's picture
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Very tasty. Used half the peanut butter and extra chillies and I really enjoyed it. Don't ignore the tip about stirring, does indeed burn easily to the bottom of the pan! Nice to try something different.

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