Sunday, February 15, 2009

Monday Recipe - African Chicken Stew

I decided this week to move away from the Middle East and travel south down into Africa. Peanuts are a big part of African dishes, and this chicken "stew" (actually, more like stir fry) comes originally from Sierra Leone. It can be modified easily, much like Asian stir fries, for whatever you have in your fridge.

I was quite happy with how it turned out. A little sweet, very peanut-y, and slightly spicy, and I served it over a bed of quinoa. I'd definitely make this recipe again.

African Chicken Stew
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (3 pound) roasting chicken, deboned and cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup unsalted natural-style peanut butter
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  1. In a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat oil over medium high heat. Add chicken, and brown quickly. Remove chicken from pan. Reduce heat to medium low, and add garlic, onion and potato to the pan; saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with cumin, coriander, black pepper, red pepper and salt. Do not let garlic brown.
  2. Mix in water and browned chicken, and any accumulated juices. Place lid on skillet and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Remove lid, and stir in the peanut butter and garbanzo beans. Make sure the peanut butter is blended in. Replace lid to simmer for 10 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender. Remove from heat, adjust seasoning, and serve.


Crabby McSlacker said...

That sounds really good! And I rarely see recipes for African food. Will have to try this sometime!

JavaChick said...

That looks awesome! Wish Husband would eat chickpeas.

The Lethological Gourmet said...

Actually, if you don't tell him they're in there, he may not even know! The chickpeas and potatoes kind of blend together into soft vegetable-i-ness. I'd keep forgetting there were chickpeas in there until I'd see one.