How To Cook SPICY AFRICAN CHICKEN PEANUT STEW ~ Stewed ChickenRandall Smitham September 6, 2019 12 Comments
In the last video I showed you how I make classic southern style stewed chicken.
I’m Tess and today I will show you another stewed chicken recipe and this one is from Africa.
This is African chicken peanut stew that is packed full of flavor and has a spicy kick.
There are many different recipes out there for this African chicken peanut stew. I’ve made a couple different variations
but this recipe is my favorite.
I have some bone-in chicken thighs that I cleaned, trimmed, dried
and now I’m seasoning with some salt, black pepper, a sprinkle cayenne pepper and paprika.
In my deep skillet on medium-high heat I’m adding some oil and placing the chicken thighs skin down.
I’m letting them cook for about six to eight minutes or until there is a golden crust and the chicken releases from the pan.
I’m seasoning the underside of the chicken and flipping, cooking for another three to four minutes or until crust forms.
Then I’m removing the chicken from the pan and setting to the side.
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You want about a half a cup of oil and chicken fat in the bottom of the pan. On medium heat
I’m adding in the diced onions.
Giving them a toss for a minute and then I’m adding in the minced garlic and ginger.
These two are the highlight of this dish such a burst of flavor.
I’ve seen many different spices used in this recipe including coriander and cumin
but I found just a couple of bay leaves add the right blend to all the other ingredients.
Next is liquid. You can use water but I’m using chicken broth to add more flavor.
I’m turning up my heat to bring this up to a simmer.
Now I’m adding in the tomato paste and this is going to add some color flavor and help thicken the stew.
Giving that a good stir to incorporate.
Here’s part of the spicy in this African chicken peanut stew. The recipe calls for one or two
whole habanero or scotch bonnet peppers.
You don’t want to dice these up as they would be too hot
but when you throw them in whole they give a nice back note of heat.
Now I’m adding the chicken and juices back into the pan.
Bringing this up to a simmer and cooking uncovered for an hour.
Halfway during the cooking, I will give the chicken a flip and stir to make sure nothing is sticking.
It’s been an hour and the kitchen is smelling great! Now is the time to skim any excess fat or impurities off the top
I’m placing chicken to one side of the pan and stirring in a half a cup of peanut butter.
The peanut butter is not overpowering in this dish but adds a nice richness and creaminess.
If you wanted you could also use crunchy peanut butter or even add some roasted peanuts for a little crunch.
Now I’m adding in some diced plum tomatoes, a couple sliced carrots,
this is some cubed sweet potatoes and these are a couple cubed russet potatoes.
The potatoes add bulk, texture and flavor. You can add the vegetables that you like.
I’ve also used bell peppers, celery, zucchini and cauliflower.
For more spicy, I’m sprinkling over some cayenne pepper. I’m using probably about a quarter of a teaspoon.
The recipe calls up to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
so you can adjust the spicy that you like. Giving that a gentle stir so the vegetables are submerged.
Now is also a good time to fish out the habanero pepper and the bay leaves.
Bringing this back up to a simmer and cooking for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and tender.
I soooo wish you could smell this!
Serving tonight with some steamed jasmine rice and topped with cilantro.
You can add in a handful of cilantro at the end of cooking but I like to garnish individually.
My husband is not a big fan of cilantro.
You could also serve this with some steamed broccoli or a side salad.
This African chicken peanut stew is so good. It is hard to describe the depth of flavor.
They are rich and blends so well together
The chicken is tender and everything is soaked up that spicy tomato peanuty garlic ginger sauce.
This recipe is a definite keeper! If you like spicy you will love this recipe.
Thanks for joining me in my kitchen and I hope you give this African chicken peanut stew a try and enjoy.
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