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

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

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Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  • 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
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