African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe

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a blue bowl with african chicken peanut stew on the right, white rice on the left, atop a blue checked napkin. A bowl of african chicken peanut stew on the left, rice bowl in the middle, peanut bowl on the right


Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered “healthy” that does not mean it suffers in taste. This chicken stew recipe is absolutely delicious. This is a great meal that can be served with or without rice.

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe

This is one of my favorite healthy recipes that Hubby makes. Originally designed for his mother who was diabetic and was limited to 1000mg of sodium per day, Hubby took a basic recipe he found 10+ years ago, and adapted it so she could eat it. She did not have rice with this, but ate it by itself.

I truly love this dish, and I asked Hubby to make it again several weeks ago. This post is my subtle reminder to him.

a ladle fill of african peanut stew being lifted from a soup pot full of the stew


Tips for Making this African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe:

• Hubby’s original recipe calls for 2-3 pounds of mixed dark and white chicken.

• Hubby’s original recipe calls for 2-3 pounds of sweet potatoes.

• Hubby’s original recipe calls for ¼ to ½ cup of fresh, chopped cilantro.

• Why am I mentioning the variations? As I now use a recipe card, approximations do not work as well when listed as ingredients. Just know that this recipe is very forgiving and you can adjust a lot of the quantities.

• The cayenne powder can be adjusted to taste… if you like more, add more, if you like less, add less.

• If making this low sodium omit the salt or use a salt substitute. My MIL used a salt substitute for this recipe.

• When it comes time to store the stew, add water because it does thicken a lot.

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


• This African peanut stew recipe does freeze well. Just make certain you use freezer grade containers. Hubby buys them in giant packs, and we keep the extras down the basement. Our freezer sometimes looks like a frozen soup factory exploded in it. We freeze soup, stews, leftovers, garden vegetables, etc for later use all year long!

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe Ingredients:

• 3 TBSP Vegetable Oil
• 2 lbs White and Dark Chicken Meat (mix and match)
• Salt Substitute, to taste (or regular salt)
• 1 large Yellow or White Onion, sliced
• 3″ piece of Ginger, peeled and minced
• 6-8 Garlic Cloves, chopped roughly
• 2 lbs Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (or a firm squash)
• 1 QT No-sodium Chicken Stock
• 15oz Crushed Tomatoes
• 1 cup Peanut Butter
• 1 cup Roasted Peanuts
• 1 TBSP Ground Coriander (or Curry)
• 1 tsp Cayenne Powder
• Black Pepper, to taste
• ½ cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
• 1 cup Water

African Chicken Peanut Stew Mise en Place:

• Cutting Board
• Knife
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons
• Spoon
• Soup Pot (with lid)

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe Directions:

1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large soup pot set over medium-high heat.
2. Salt (or salt substitute) the chicken pieces well, pat them dry and brown them in the oil. Do not crowd the pot, so do this in batches. Remove, and set the chicken pieces aside as they brown.

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


3. Sauté the onions in the oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring often and scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


4. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes, then add the sweet potatoes and stir well to combine.

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


5. Add the browned chicken, no-sodium (or low sodium) chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, peanut butter, peanuts, coriander and cayenne and stir well to combine.
6. Bring to a simmer and taste for salt, adding more if needed (if doing low sodium, skip this or use a salt substitute).
7. Cover the pot and simmer gently for 90 minutes (check after an hour), or until the chicken meat easily falls off the bone (if using boneless meat, the chicken should be very tender) and the sweet potatoes are tender.

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


8. Remove the chicken pieces and set them in a bowl to cool down, until cool enough to touch. Remove and discard the skin if you want, or chop it and put it back into the pot. Shred the meat off the bones and put the meat back in the pot.

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


9. Adjust the seasonings for salt and cayenne – add pepper to taste. Stir in the cilantro.

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


10. Serve the African chicken peanut stew itself, or with white or brown rice.
11. Note: When it comes time to store the stew, add water because it does thicken a lot.

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered


Yield: 8 servings

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe. Even though this African Chicken Peanut Stew recipe may be considered "healthy" that does not mean it suffers in taste. This chicken stew recipe is absolutely delicious. This is a great meal that can be served with or without rice.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 2 lbs White and Dark Chicken Meat (mix and match)
  • Salt Substitute, to taste
  • 1 large Yellow or White Onion, sliced
  • 3" piece of Ginger, peeled and minced
  • 6-8 Garlic Cloves, chopped roughly
  • 2 lbs Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 QT No-sodium Chicken Stock
  • 15oz Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 TBSP Ground Coriander (or Curry)
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Powder
  • Black Pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup Water

Instructions

    1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large soup pot set over medium-high heat.
    2. Salt (or salt substitute) the chicken pieces well, pat them dry and brown them in the oil. Do not crowd the pot, do this in batches. Remove, and set the chicken pieces aside as they brown.
    3. Sauté the onions in the oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring often and scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
    4. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes, then add the sweet potatoes and stir well to combine.
    5. Add the browned chicken, no-sodium (or low sodium) chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, peanut butter, peanuts, coriander and cayenne and stir well to combine.
    6. Bring to a simmer and taste for salt, adding more if needed (if doing low sodium, skip this or use a salt substitute).
    7. Cover the pot and simmer gently for 90 minutes (check after an hour), or until the chicken meat easily falls off the bone (if using boneless meat, the chicken should be very tender) and the sweet potatoes are tender.
    8. Remove the chicken pieces and set them in a bowl to cool down, until cool enough to touch. Remove and discard the skin if you want, or chop it and put it back into the pot. Shred the meat off the bones and put the meat back in the pot.
    9. Adjust the seasonings for salt and cayenne – add pepper to taste. Stir in the cilantro.
    10. Serve the African chicken peanut stew hot, by itself, or with white or brown rice.
    11. Note: When it comes time to store the stew, add water because it does thicken a lot.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 699 Total Fat: 39g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 27g Cholesterol: 103mg Sodium: xxxxmg Carbohydrates: 43g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 14g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 49g
Note: for exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information provided is simply a guideline.

If you enjoy stew recipes you may want to try these:

Venison Stew Recipe
Slow Cooker Recipe: Tex-Mex Chicken Stew


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Comments

  1. Skirnir Hamilton says

    I did make this recipe once and enjoyed it, but then I typed in the calories and bawled. I need to find out how much I can reduce the peanut butter and such to make it a bit lower calorie and still feel like I am getting a decent amount.

    • I wonder if there would be a vegetable oil substitute too? All the fat would be there, the peanuts and the peanut butter, but lots of protein in the last two.

      Ann

  2. That sounds really good.. I’m gonna have to make it one of these days… I dont care how high in fat & calories it is… Its not like Im gonna eat it every day or even every month..

    Have you tried this Better Than Peanut Butter? betternpeanutbutter.com
    I just thought I’d give it a lookie.. if you’re a serious WWer, it’d make it more doable anyways. 😉

    • Wow! We don’t use a lot of peanut butter here (mostly for that stew a few times a year), but that is one interesting product, Kim. If you try it, let me know how it tasted and how it well played with peanut butter recipes.

      Ann

  3. Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom says

    Ooh, this looks really yummy! Adding it to our menu!

  4. stevebethere says

    Had to laugh at first part of Skirnir’s comment

    Have a nuttastic week 🙂

  5. Any stew served on rice is usually a winner with me. Sounds yum.

  6. Christina Morley says

    Thanks for linking on Amanda’s Books and More! Enjoy your day!

  7. This looks interesting. I plan on trying it. Thank you for the recipe.

    Sophia
    twentyfiveseasons.com

  8. Looks delicious!

  9. Looks delicious and I love that it is low sodium!

  10. Looks yummy 🙂

    thanks for sharing over at the hop

  11. Alison @ The Thrifty Issue says

    I love anything with peanuts … and this looks delish! Cheers, Alison

  12. Karren Haller says

    Love new recipes and seeing the ingredients used.
    Thank you for stopping by Oh My Heartsie Reviews to link up!!
    Enjoy the rest of your day!
    Karren
    xoxo

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