West African Chicken Stew Recipe
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West African Chicken Stew Recipe

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I really love African flavors, but you don't really encounter them much in the U.S. Here the combination of native African ingredients, all of which can be found in the States, transports you to a new culinary place. —Michael Cohen, Los Angeles, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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.


  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).
Originally published as West African Chicken Stew in Healthy Cooking February/March 2012, p39

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Tlckgram User ID: 7905775 265550
Reviewed May. 5, 2017

"I followed the recipe exactly, other than to double the chicken. I microwaved the sweet potatoes for 5 mins before adding to the stew so they would be cooked quickly. From start to finish, the dish only took 45 min. Everyone loved it! Not bland at all to us. Maybe those who find it bland didn't add the cayenne or ginger????"

daniel34inid User ID: 8041731 256868
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2016

"Could i make this recipe in a crockpot? has anyone tried doing it that way? Was curious because a lot of the reviews said that the sweet potato took a while to cook. Maybe cooking in the crockpot and adding the peas last may help. I may try it"

masoian User ID: 3415708 255970
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2016

"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."

dmissimer User ID: 8328389 255358
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"Awesome, easy to make adjustments to make vegan"

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 255334
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"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!"

tshuping User ID: 959646 242411
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!"

bbthefoodie User ID: 8636333 238059
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."

habenaroman User ID: 7905288 234010
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"Great and easy."

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 216322
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!"

Connie Foreman User ID: 2079082 137153
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!"

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