West African Chicken Peanut Stew features chicken, beans, tomatoes, corn and sweet potato in a peanut based sauce, served over steamed rice. West African Chicken Peanut Stew features chicken, beans, tomatoes, corn and sweet potato in a peanut based sauce, served over steamed rice. 
This unique, tasty and filling stew is quite popular on the west coast of Africa. I recently made this (new to us) recipe for West African Chicken Peanut Stew. After eating it, I decided to share the recipe on my blog, because it is a delicious, filling, easy to prepare, and unique dish!  I really think you will enjoy it.

When I first found the recipe in an old Bake-Off Contest cookbook from 1994, I wasn’t so sure that I wanted to try it… I just wasn’t sure of the flavor combos in this recipe … but I tried it anyway, and we really enjoyed it!

Here’s an interesting tidbit:  The original recipe called the peanuts “groundnuts”, because that is what a peanut is called on the western coast of Africa… who knew?

What is IN West African Chicken Peanut Stew?

This dish contains chicken, sweet potatoes, corn, white beans and onions, and is cooked in a tomato and peanut butter sauce with a few spices to give it a bit of “zing”.  I know what you’re probably thinking right about now after reading the ingredients… whaaaat?

That was my first gut reaction, as well. BUT… trust me, this actually is a wonderful, flavor-filled thick stew, and because you serve it over rice, it’s very filling, too!

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How To Make West African Chicken Peanut Stew

Heat oil in a large 4 quart heavy bottomed pan on medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add cubed chicken breast. Cook, stirring often until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.

Chicken breasts are cubed, then pan-seared to make chicken peanut stew.

The chopped onion and garlic are the next things to go into the pot. Cook these ingredients, stirring them frequently for about 3 minutes, being careful to not let the garlic burn.

Minced garlic and chopped onions are added to the cooked chicken.

Add The Veggies

Place the diced tomatoes (undrained), white beans, corn, and cubed raw sweet potato into the pot. Stir them together, to combine.

White beans, corn, sweet potato and tomatoes are added to the chicken peanut stew.
Add the water, peanut butter, tomato paste, and remaining spices to the pan. Stir to combine, and bring this mixture to a boil.

Spices, peanut butter, and tomato paste are added to the pot.

Time To Let The Stew Cook!

Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan, and cook the stew for 30 minutes, or until the sweet potato chunks are tender. Stir the stew occasionally while it cooks. If the broth is too thick, add a bit more water, and stir to combine.

The African stew cooks until sweet potatoes are tender.

Serve The West African Chicken Peanut Stew

When the chicken peanut stew is done, serve it over hot white or brown rice. Garnish each serving with chopped fresh parsley and a few chopped peanuts (optional), and serve the dish while hot.

The recipe for chicken peanut stew makes 8 (1½ cup) servings.  That’s it!

The West African Chicken Peanut Stew is garnished with parsley and peanuts, and served on rice.

A white bowl containing rice, with chicken peanut stew on top.

I truly was pleasantly surprised at how good this dish was. My husband really loved it, too!  If you enjoy STEW, be sure to check out my recipe for Beef Stew… it is delicious!

Sure hope you will consider making this unique chicken peanut stew, and trust you will enjoy it! Have a great day.

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Author's signatureRecipe Adapted From: Pillsbury Classic Cookbooks- Bake-Off Coking & Baking Contest, published March 1994, The Pillsbury Company, page 28.

West African Chicken Peanut Stew
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

West African Chicken Peanut Stew features chicken, beans, tomatoes, corn and sweet potato in a peanut based sauce, served over steamed rice.

Category: Dinner
Cuisine: African
Keyword: African chicken peanut stew
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 360 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts , cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium brown onion , chopped
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) Great Northern or Cannelini beans
  • 1 can (12 or 15.5 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 sweet potato , peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups hot cooked white or brown rice
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large 4 quart heavy bottomed pan on medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add cubed chicken breast. Cook, stirring often until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
  2. Add chopped onion and garlic to pan. Cook, stirring frequently for about 3 minutes, being careful to not let the garlic burn.
  3. Add diced tomatoes (undrained), white beans, corn, and cubed raw sweet potato to pan. Stir to combine.
  4. Add water, peanut butter, tomato paste, and remaining spices to pan. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil.
  5. Once mixture boils, reduce heat to low, cover pan and cook stew for 30 minutes (sweet potato should be tender). Stir occasionally. If stew is too thick, add just a bit more water.
  6. When stew is done, serve over hot white or brown rice. Garnish each serving with chopped fresh parsley and a few chopped peanuts (optional), and serve hot. The recipe makes 8 (1½ cup) servings.
Nutrition Facts
West African Chicken Peanut Stew
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (incl. rice))
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 624mg27%
Potassium 863mg25%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 2685IU54%
Vitamin C 12.9mg16%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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