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Chicken Peanut Stew

The African Peanut butter stew is creamy, delicious and flavorful. The combination of chicken, tomatoes, spices and peanut butter comes together quickly and is very easy to make. In African, we eat peanut as snack and sometimes with porridge. However, I noticed in the US most people love peanut butter and jelly. If you are not allergic to peanut butter and love peanut butter and jelly: this Absolutely a “must-try”.

The peanut butter stew gives you the aromatic flavor of the peanut butter and the savory taste profile. The peanut butter found in US grocery store are full of sugar, therefore you can make your own sugar free peanut butter. You can do so in 5 minutes by placing roasted peanuts in a food processor and turning the food processor on until it becomes creamy and smooth. The peanuts go in stages from crumbs to a dry ball to a smooth and creamy “liquid” peanut butter. The peanut butter holds in the fridge for a couple of weeks

Peanut Stew

  • 1 cup Peanut butter paste
  • 1 onion
  • 2 fresh tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2~5 habanero peppers and Serrano pepper
  • 8 chicken legs or wings
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • 1 Bouillon cube
  • Salt to taste

Boil the chicken with your favorite seasoning – I used garlic, ginger, cube, salt and pepper. Fry and set aside.

Blend tomatoes and onion. 

Add remaining onion, tomato and tomato paste to the chicken broth. Bring to a boil and let it simmer stirring frequently to prevent any burns- about 5 minutes.

Next, add the peanut butter, chicken (2 cups of water or chicken stock as needed), season with, chicken bouillon, salt and cayenne pepper. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes or more

Add the habanero peppers and Serrano pepper

Adjust the soup thickness with water/chicken stock if necessary and let simmer to desired thickness

The peanut butter can be served with white rice, Eba, Foufou and gari…

Notes:

  • For this tutorials I used chicken, but you can also use beef, pork, or smoked fish.
  • The Peanut butter in the US is either smooth or crunchy, and both can work depending on your taste
  • You can also add vegetable like potato cabbage, carrot, kale, spinach, mustard greens, or whatever hearty greens you prefer.
  • You can make it as spicy as you will like by add pureed pepper

Peanut butter is comprised of about 25% protein, making it an excellent plant-based protein source. However, it is low in the essential amino acid methionine. Peanuts are low in carbs and suitable for people with type 2 diabetes or those following a low-carb diet. Although peanut butter is high in many healthy vitamins and minerals, it also contains a substantial amount of calories.

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