Looking for West African-style recipes? Want the best groundnut stew? Try our ideas and twists here.


Create your own vibrant spread of Nigerian, Ghanaian and Senegalese-style dishes. Chef and food writer Zoe Adjonyoh has shared some recipes from her book, Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, including comforting soups and the best base sauce for your dishes. Or serve large stews for the whole family, including sweet potato and groundnut chicken.

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Easy West African-style recipes

Nkaakra chicken soup

Check out Zoe Adjonyoh's recipe for this light and spicy Ghanaian broth. So wholesome and warming, it’s her go-to dish on chilly winter days to stave off cold symptoms… and it works every time!

Nkaakra (Light Chicken Soup)

Senegalese chicken yassa

Yassa is one of Senegal’s favourite dishes and one of the crowdpleasers at Little Baobab, a pop-up London restaurant that celebrates Senegalese food and music. Try Khadim Mbamba's recipe here.

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Ghanaian chale sauce

Add Zoe Adjonyoh's recipe for chale sauce to your repertoire. It's a basic everyday sauce made using chopped tomatoes, scotch bonnet chillis, ginger and garlic that is used in a number of Ghanaian dishes. Quick, simple and punchy, this recipe is perfect to make in large quantities for batch cooking.

Lamb Cutlets with Peanut sauce

West African-style sweet potato stew

Try this vegan stew with sweet potato and greens. This one-pot recipe is super easy to make and packed with warming flavours including scotch bonnet chillis, coriander seeds and ground cumin.

West African stew with sweet potato & greens

Groundnut chicken stew

Groundnut stew is a typical West African dish. Serve our version of this slow-cooked chicken, with its mellow peanut butter and fiery ensemble of spices, alongside extra sliced red chilli for oomph.

A dish of groundnut chicken stew on a bed of rice

Kelewele cinnamon buns

Kelewele cinnamon buns are a Ghanaian speciality, and Zoe Adjonyoh’s recipe makes for an epic tear ‘n’ share brunch.

Sticky iced buns

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