African Chicken and Peanut Stew

"Mouth-watering spices make this chicken stew a perfect hearty dish for cold weather."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins
12 cups




  • In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil on med-high. When hot, add the onions and sweet potatoes, stir and cook until onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add chicken, cook til opaque.
  • Stir in the garlic, curry powder, coriander, cumin, and crushed red chiles. Cook 1 minute.
  • Add the carrots, celery, ginger, cinnamon, bay leaf, salt, chicken broth, and tomato paste.
  • Bring the liquid to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
  • When the stew has cooked for 45 minutes, stir in the peanut butter. Cook another 3 minutes, uncovered for the flavors to blend.
  • Stir in the chopped tomato and bell pepper. Simmer until the tomatoes and pepper are softened but still retain their shape, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in lemon juice. Serve with the chopped cilantro on the top, and additional red pepper flakes on the side, if desired.
  • I like to serve this stew over hearty brown rice. Healthy and delicious!

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  1. gerrymouse12
    Hey I'm sorry, I've been making this lovely meal for a while now & haven't said thanks or given it a rating. This is really good & not difficult to make & as I keep a good store cupboard (just in case)everything was to hand. Only adjustments were, no celery (personal yuk) & I just threw in a tin of tomatoes which was o.k. Recommended with thanks.
  2. alyworld1979
    I have been searching for this recipe for years and chose yours because of the combination of spices and root vegetables. I changed your method a little and doubled the quantity so the whole family could enjoy it! I don't care for cilantro and made sure to brown the chicken thighs (with the ground spices) before I sautéed the veggies and spices. I believe it adds a bit more flavor that way. Next time I will add the lemon juice to brighten the flavors. It was so good! Perfect for chilly nights and fall weather! Thank you for sharing! God bless!


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