Chicken in Peanut Sauce (Nikatse Nkwa)

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Posted for the Zaar World Tour 2006-West Africa. From the "Best of International Cooking" cookbook. I haven't had a chance to try this yet.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan, cover chicken with water. Add 2 teaspoons salt and bay leaves. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 to 45 minutes or until tender.
  2. In a blender, puree tomatoes, tomato paste and onions. Remove cooked chicken from pan; keep warm. Strain cooking liquid, discarding bay leaves.
  3. Pour 2-1/2 cups strained cooking liquid back into pan. Add pureed mixture; simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in peanut butter, 1 Tablespoon at a time. Cover and simmer 10 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place chicken in a large bowl; pour sauce over chicken. Serve with cooked rice.
Most Helpful

This sauce was very flavorful. I used a combination of boneless thighs and drumsticks, which I had on hand. I've had some Thai recipes which used peanut butter, and it gives the sauce a very rich quality. Really not difficult to prepare at all, and different from the routine chicken recipes. Thank you!

Not So Good Cook August 13, 2007

most ghanaians i know use fresh grated ginger, fresh ground tomatoes, and dried hot pepper in this recipe. also, many used smoked fish or chicken to flavor the base. -- from a former peace corps volunteer, ghana

moujemouje July 26, 2006