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African Chicken Stew

Rated as 4.21 out of 5 Stars

"This delicious stew is inspired by my friend from Sierra Leone, West Africa, who cooks often for her family. Many ingredients can be modified. This is kind of a 'whatever is handy now' recipe. You can use a whole roasting chicken cut into bite-sized pieces, or just breasts and thighs if you prefer. Other suggested additions are turnips, carrots and celery. This looks great served over white rice with a garnish of fresh chopped cilantro, parsley or unsalted peanuts."
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45 m servings 615
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. In a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat oil over medium high heat. Add chicken, and brown quickly. Remove chicken from pan. Reduce heat to medium low, and add garlic, onion and potato to the pan; saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with cumin, coriander, black pepper, red pepper and salt. Do not let garlic brown.
  2. Mix in water and browned chicken, and any accumulated juices. Place lid on skillet and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Remove lid, and stir in the peanut butter and garbanzo beans. Make sure the peanut butter is blended in. Replace lid to simmer for 10 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender. Remove from heat, adjust seasoning, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 615 calories; 36 31.5 43.7 100 620 Full nutrition

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OK, so my husband & I are used to the real deal, having spent time in Sierra Leone, so I kept my expectations low. But it was Really good!! I doubled the spices (always do), so it had a good k...

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I've never given a recipe only one star before...until now. I even like all the ingredients! I followed the recipe with one exception, I followed the other reviews suggestions and cut the pean...

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OK, so my husband & I are used to the real deal, having spent time in Sierra Leone, so I kept my expectations low. But it was Really good!! I doubled the spices (always do), so it had a good k... was the best!!!! Like previous reviewers, I tweaked the ingredients: I added 1 carrot, 2 ribs celery, 1 can diced tomatoes, and instead of water used 2 cups chicken br...

I threw all of my ingredients in the crockpot and set it on low. Hours later, I came home to a home filled with the most intoxicating aroma. I decreased my broth to 1/4 cup. Added 1 tsp. of c...

Wow - was this easy and delicious! And anything that my picky son eats, I will surely make again. My husband couldn't stop complimenting the dish while he was eating. I put it together just s...

i too took the advice of others and suggest the following modifications: 1. added 1 cup of chicken broth or water 2. 1/2 cup peanut butter instead of 3/4 cup 3. 1/2 teaspoon extra red pepper fl...

i was nervous to make this because of the love/hate response to this recipe, but it was very very good. i used pork instead of chicken because i was too lazy and it was already cubed. i did do...

My husband and I both really enjoyed this dish, although the next time we make it we'll alter it a little. I wouldn't suggest serving it to kids, unless you cut down on the spices. It was very e...

This is delicious! If you like peanut sauce type food you will love this. I went 1/2 on the red pepper flakes and black pepper only because we don't care for things too spicy but if you like h...

Delicious! I read the other reviews and also added an extra cup of chicken broth, and used turnips, carrots and celery. I served over brown rice with plenty of fresh cilantro. A nice cool cucumb...