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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 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. 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): 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.

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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!"

joni Geurts User ID: 1060443 196490
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013


cooley2 User ID: 4942138 182277
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!"

amy76amy User ID: 5712922 119317
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."

marilyn1218 User ID: 3847574 212904
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!"

All4YouJesus User ID: 6643960 151276
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!"

nancyjh User ID: 3937814 186730
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

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

atmovetoca User ID: 6642766 125378
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!!"

Darmok User ID: 1991274 196288
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

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

michelec64 User ID: 5289333 195618
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."

martylb User ID: 1456305 212903
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."

3squares User ID: 6087828 196286
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

"very tasty, low calorie, easy prep"

golfaz User ID: 4522811 196285
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

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

melfreas User ID: 4059763 212902
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."

getfitt User ID: 4595937 212901
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."

bellegoneyank User ID: 5195819 196488
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

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

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