Spicy African chicken stew

Spicy African chicken stew

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 5 mins


Serves 8
Cayenne pepper and Scotch bonnet chillies give this boldly flavoured peanut casserole a fiery kick

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal633
  • fat40g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre4g
  • protein44g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 500ml chicken stock, heated
  • 340g jar smooth peanut butter

    Peanut butter

    pee-nut butt-ah

    Peanut butter starts with dry roasting peanuts, which concentrates and heightens their flavour…

  • 2 onions, halved and thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 3 tbsp finely chopped ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 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 tomato
  • 2 x 800g pack chicken thighs and drumsticks, skinned



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 3 sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • good handful coriander, chopped, a little reserved for sprinkling
  • rice and lime wedges, to serve (optional)



    The same shape, but smaller than…


  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.

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7th Jan, 2015
I made this for 6 people tonight using leftover roast chicken and it went down a storm! Only had half the amount of peanut butter and think it could probably use more than that to get the full flavour. Definitely a recipe I'll be using again!
5th Jan, 2015
This dish is a must ! Perfection on a plate. Lovely lingering taste
5th Jan, 2015
For the version I know we don't use cumin or tomatoes. Try using roasted peanuts instead for an authentic flavour avoiding the preservatives and chemicals. Either grind it in a mill or blend with the tomatoes. Why do you have to anglicise the recipe, try the original version first.
15th Aug, 2014
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.
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6th Jun, 2014
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.
5th Apr, 2014
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.
12th Feb, 2014
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
14th Dec, 2013
Absolutely fabulous!
30th Nov, 2013
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!!!
23rd Jan, 2014
you can buy it in Mercadona


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