West African Chicken Stew Recipe
- 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).
1-1/4 cups (calculated without rice): 275 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 636mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 6g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 fat.
Reviews for West African Chicken Stew
"This was only average to us and I won't make again. I like all the ingredients but the combination just didn't work - the tomatoes predominated. The sweet potato, as others have mentioned, did take much longer than 20 minutes even with small chunks."
"Awesome, easy to make adjustments to make vegan"
"This was so good! It is a definite comfort food stew! I will be making this again for sure. Love the peanut butter and ginger flavors!"
"Definitely needs more time to cook to get the sweet potatoes tender and my husband wanted it to have more chicken. Tasty!"
"Great recipe! I had to make a couple of modifications: I added one more sweet potato and 4 cubes of Knorr for seasoning."
"Great and easy."
"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!"
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"So good and so easy to make. We loved it and I am passing recipe on to my daughter."
"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!!"
"I might do some variations on the sweet potato but this was very good and relatively easy to prepare."
"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."
"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."
"very tasty, low calorie, easy prep"
"Outstanding flavor. One of our favorites. Never thought eating so healthy was so fun."
"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."
"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."
"Very good and filling! Served it over jasmine rice, which added a nice layer of flavor."
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.