African Chicken Stew


This delicious African chicken stew recipe was inspired by my friend from Sierra Leone, West Africa, who cooks often for her family. Many ingredients can be modified, just use whatever you have on hand. Serve over white rice and garnish with unsalted peanuts and freshly chopped cilantro or parsley.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 (3 pound) roasting chicken, deboned and cut into bite size pieces

  • 1 large potato, diced

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup water

  • ¾ cup unsalted natural-style peanut butter

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown for 3 to 4 minutes; remove to a plate.

  2. Add potato, onion, and garlic to the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, making sure garlic does not brown too much. Stir in cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper, then pour in water. Add reserved chicken and any accumulated juices and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Stir in peanut butter and garbanzo beans until peanut butter is blended in. Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, adjust seasoning, and serve.


You can use chicken breasts and thighs if preferred. Other suggested additions are turnips, carrots, and celery.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

615 Calories
36g Fat
32g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 615
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 620mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 16mg 80%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 827mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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