African Peanut Stew with Chicken

Groundnut chicken stew

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Check out our creamy chicken stew with peanut butter cooked in the slow cooker. Groundnut stew is a typically West African dish. Serve this slow-cooked chicken, with its mellow peanut butter and fiery ensemble of spices, alongside extra sliced red chilli for oomph


Try this groundnut chicken stew, then check out our chicken stroganoff, healthy chicken stew and healthy slow cooker chicken curry.

Drag that slow cooker out of the cupboard and put it to work with food writer Claire Thomson’s slow cooker chicken recipe.



  • whole chicken thighs 8, skinned
  • black peppercorns ground to make 1 tsp
  • vegetable oil 4 tbsp
  • ginger a thumb-sized piece, skin on finely grated
  • onion 1 large, finely chopped
  • dried chilli fakes 1-2 tsp, to taste
  • tomato purée 2 tbsp
  • ground coriander 1 tsp
  • ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • cumin seeds 1 tsp, toasted and ground
  • plum tomatoes 400g tin
  • peanut butter 200g (look for one with no added sugar)
  • red chilli 1, finely sliced
  • roasted salted peanuts 50g, roughly chopped
  • coriander a small bunch, roughly chopped
  • steamed rice to serve


  • Step 1

    Season the chicken with salt and the ground black pepper and heat the slow cooker to high or low, depending on desired cooking time.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, then fry the ginger, onion and chilli flakes for 10 minutes, until soft but not coloured. Add the chicken, tomato purée and spices, and cook for 5 minutes, mixing well to coat.

  • Step 3

    Add the tinned tomatoes and bring to the boil, then tip the contents of the pan into the slow cooker along with the peanut butter, 500ml of boiling water and a little seasoning. Mix well and cover. Cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low, until the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened.

  • Step 4

    To serve, scatter over the chilli, peanuts and coriander, and serve with steamed rice.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 818
  • Fat 62.6g
  • Saturates 13.3g
  • Carbs 16.4g
  • Sugars 12g
  • Fibre 7.8g
  • Protein 43.5g
  • Salt 0.9g