Red Barn Cafe-

Life is hectic - Savor every Bite!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

West African Chicken Peanut Stew

I came across this stew at a restaurant a few years ago. When I decided to make it I wanted to make it less labor intensive. The traditional way is to stew a whole chicken, then remove the chicken from the bone. I use boneless skinless chicken thighs, which saves time. They are shredded at the end. The flavor is so worth the wait!

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large yellow or white onion, sliced
2-3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
6 garlic cloves, chopped roughly
2-3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 15-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1 quart chicken stock
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup chopped roasted peanuts or roasted sunflower seed kernals
1 teaspoon cayenne
Salt and black pepper
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
1-2 Tbsp Hot Sauce
In a Dutch Oven heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Pat dry the chicken thighs and season both sides with salt and pepper. Brown chicken pieces, a few at a time and set aside in a bowl. 
Saute the onions in the oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring and add ginger and garlic and saute another 1-2 minute. Add the sweet potatoes and stir,

Add the chicken, chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, peanut butter,  and cayenne and stir.

Simmer, covered for 1 1/2 hours. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper- 1 tsp each.

Remove the chicken and shred with 2 forks. Add chicken back to the pot and top with the chopped peanuts and chopped cilantro. Pass the hot sauce at the table!

You can serve this stew as is or over a  bowl of steamed rice.

When I don't have peanuts to garnish I have used roasted pumpkin seed kernals, just as good!

No comments: