African Chicken Peanut Stew

Gluten Free


  • 2-3 pounds kosher, pastured chicken legs, thighs and/or wings, or a whole chicken, or whatever chicken parts you have.
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large yellow or white onion, sliced
  • A 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, chopped roughly
  • 2-3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ chunks
  • A 15-ounce can of crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cayenne, or to taste
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • ½ cup of chopped cilantro


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large soup pot set over medium-high heat. Salt the chicken pieces well, pat them dry and brown them in the oil. Don’t crowd the pot, so do this in batches. Set the chicken pieces aside as they brown.
  2. Sauté the onions in the oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring often and scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes, then add the sweet potatoes and stir well to combine.
  3. Add the chicken, chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, peanut butter, peanuts, coriander and cayenne and stir well to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot and simmer gently for 90 minutes (check after an hour), or until the chicken meat easily falls off the bone and the sweet potatoes are tender.
  4. Remove the chicken pieces and set them in a bowl to cool, until cool enough to touch. Remove and discard the skin if you want, or chop it into tiny pieces and put it back into the pot. Shred the meat off the bones and put the meat back in the pot. If you’re careful not to put any inedible chicken pieces back in the pot, the stew will be more pleasant to eat.
  5. Adjust the seasonings for spiciness, then add 1 tsp black pepper or as much as you think you can stand–the stew should be peppery. Stir in the cilantro and serve by itself, or with simple steamed rice.

Serves 6-8

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