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West African Chicken Stew Recipe

West African Chicken Stew Recipe

I really love African flavors, but you don't really encounter them much in America. Here the combination of native African ingredients, all of which are readily accessible to Americans, really transports you to a new culinary place. —Michael Cohen, Los Angeles, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Hot cooked brown rice, optional


  • 1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven, cook chicken over medium heat in 2 teaspoons oil for 4-6 minutes or until no longer pink; remove and set aside.
  • 2. In the same pan, saute onion in remaining oil until tender. Add garlic and ginger; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 3. Stir in the peas, tomatoes, sweet potato, broth, peanut butter, 1-1/4 teaspoons thyme and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potato is tender. Add chicken; heat through.
  • 4. Serve with rice if desired. Sprinkle with remaining thyme. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (calculated without rice) equals 275 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 636 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for West African Chicken Stew

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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"Definitely needs more time to cook to get the sweet potatoes tender and my husband wanted it to have more chicken. Tasty!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"Great recipe! I had to make a couple of modifications: I added one more sweet potato and 4 cubes of Knorr for seasoning."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"Great and easy."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"This was absolutely delicious. The only thing that kept this from being 5 stars was the fact that I had to cook this for 1 hr 15 mins before the sweet potatoes were tender. Glad I wasn't in a hurry for dinner!"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"This is a delicious bold, flavorful stew. I like African dishes and this one is a keeper. It is easy to make and turns out great!"

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013


Reviewed May. 8, 2012

"This was absolutely wonderful and highly recommend! All the flavors mellow together so well. Love the fresh ginger. Hubby loved it and had leftovers for a few days!"

Reviewed May. 3, 2012

"The reciepe said to simmer 15 - 20 minutes until potato is tender. I took at least 45 minutes for the potato to become tender. What was supposed to be a quick, easy meal took far, far too long to cook."

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

"This was fantastic. Even the young kiddos loved it. We had a friend from Cameron in Africa try it and she said it brought back wonderful memories of home. Great recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"This was easy to make and very tasty! I used dried beans (soaked overnight) added double the broth and simmered 40 min. My husband and teens liked it too!"

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"So good and so easy to make. We loved it and I am passing recipe on to my daughter."

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"I really loved how this turned out! It was so flavorful. It reminded me a lot of a dish I would get at an Indian restaurant. I served it over basmati rice and had naan on the side to clean the bowl with. Yummy!!"

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"I might do some variations on the sweet potato but this was very good and relatively easy to prepare."

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"Wonderful recipe. I had a couple of carrots and a spare serrano chile laying around so I added those as well, and they gave some added sweetness and a bit of heat to the dish. The chicken breasts were pretty bland compared to the rest of the ingredients, so next time I'll either use thighs or omit the chicken all together because the veggies are really the star of the show. Definitely a keeper."

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"Good recipe for something a little different. Definite ginger taste. My husband really likes this one. It's 6 points on Weight Watchers. So will make it again."

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

"very tasty, low calorie, easy prep"

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"Outstanding flavor. One of our favorites. Never thought eating so healthy was so fun."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"Another winner...I used an extra large sweet potato (cause I love them) and a whole can of broth. The next time I make it I'll try another grain, maybe quinoa. I think that it would also make a good vegetarian dish."

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"I brought this dish to my small group. They were the guinea pigs because it was the first time I made it. It was a hit!! Everyone wanted the recipe.

I added about 1/2# more chicken and an additional small sweet potato. I served it with brown rice.
I didn't find it very spicy so I had some African pepper spice that we all used. Really added to the flavor.
This is definitely a hearty, delicious stew and I will make it again."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"Very good and filling! Served it over jasmine rice, which added a nice layer of flavor."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.