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African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe

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African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe

African Chicken Peanut Stew, also known as “Mafé” or “Groundnut Stew,” is a hearty and flavorful dish that hails from West Africa. This stew combines the richness of peanuts with a blend of spices and tender chicken pieces to create a comforting and satisfying meal. Let’s dive into the recipe:

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Ingredients:

For the Stew:

  • 2 pounds of bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (thighs or drumsticks work well)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of unsweetened peanut butter
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

For Serving:

  • Cooked rice or couscous

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Chicken:
    • Season the chicken pieces with salt, black pepper, and paprika.
    • In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces and brown them on all sides. Remove the chicken and set it aside.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics:
    • In the same pot, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and grated ginger. Sauté until the onions are soft and translucent.
  3. Add Peppers and Tomatoes:
    • Stir in the diced red bell pepper and canned diced tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes until the peppers start to soften.
  4. Incorporate Peanut Butter:
    • Add the peanut butter to the pot and mix well with the vegetables. Allow it to cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.
  5. Return the Chicken:
    • Return the browned chicken pieces to the pot and mix them with the peanut butter mixture.
  6. Pour in Chicken Broth:
    • Add the chicken broth, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper to the pot. Stir everything together.
  7. Simmer and Cook:
    • Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Let the stew simmer gently for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until the chicken is tender and fully cooked. Stir occasionally.
  8. Adjust the Seasoning:
    • Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning with salt, black pepper, and more cayenne pepper if you prefer it spicier.
  9. Serve:
    • Remove the bay leaves from the stew. Serve the African Chicken Peanut Stew hot over cooked rice or couscous.
  10. Garnish:
    • Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro before serving. The vibrant green color adds a nice contrast to the rich stew.

Enjoy this flavorful and comforting African Chicken Peanut Stew that brings together the nuttiness of peanuts with a delightful blend of spices. It’s a dish that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds and warm your soul.

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Source: lowcarbafrica.com

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe

African Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
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African Chicken Peanut Stew, also known as "Mafé" or "Groundnut Stew," is a hearty and flavorful dish that hails from West Africa. This stew combines the richness of peanuts with a blend of spices and tender chicken pieces to create a comforting and satisfying meal. Let's dive into the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb chicken thighs
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon bouillon powder
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste

Instructions

  • Wash and pat dry the chicken.

  • Mix some salt and pepper in a small bowl, then rub it on both sides of each chicken part.

  • Pour some olive oil into a large skillet and then brown the chicken pieces on both sides on medium-high heat.

  • When sufficiently browned, remove the chicken thighs from the oil and set them aside.

  • Pour ¼ cup olive oil in a large soup pot and when heated, add the chopped onions and red bell pepper. Sauté for a few minutes on medium heat.

  • Next, add the tomato sauce and spices (except the salt), simmer for a few minutes and pour in the chicken broth.

  • Add the chicken pieces, give it a stir and simmer for about 10 minutes.

  • Taste for salt and add some if you need.

  • Finally, add the peanut butter into the pot and stir till it is well mixed in. 

  • Cook till the stew becomes thick.

  • Your African chicken peanut stew is ready to be enjoyed!

Notes

This recipe serves 6 and contains 7 net carbs per serving.

  • If you're using stock, make sure to taste for salt before adding any. Stock usually already contains some salt.
  • Add a teaspoon of ground coriander or chopped cilantro, chopped garlic cloves, fresh ginger, and a teaspoon of ground cumin for a tasty variation.
  • If you like spicy stew, add chili pepper or habanero pepper.
  • If you use water instead of stock for this recipe, adjust the spices if you need to.
  • You can swap the chicken for beef or fish if you prefer. It's equally delicious!

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 6
Amount Per ServingCalories 2962Total Fat 219gSaturated Fat 50gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 157gCholesterol 886mgSodium 5715mgCarbohydrates 70gFiber 12gSugar 28gProtein 204g

The information contained herein is subject to change.

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