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Ground Nut Stew Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Ground Nut Stew

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"This is a wonderful, spicy chicken stew served over rice. I make it often for my husband and friends. It can easily be doubled to feed a crowd. It is an amazing African dish. I learned it from a good friend who was a missionary kid in Sierra Leone and Zaire. It can easily be modified for vegans by substituting vegetable broth and adding vegetables instead of chicken. Any fresh or frozen veggies that you have on hand can be added."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Melt peanut butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in tomato paste, and blend with peanut butter until smooth. Mix in diced tomatoes with green chile peppers and chicken broth. Cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken and onions until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
  3. Mix chicken, onions, and mushrooms into the peanut butter mixture, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Season with cayenne pepper.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 07, 2004

I, too, was introduced to Ground Nut Stew by a friend who spent half his life as a missionary kid in West Africa. He taught me to serve this over rice, but with the addition of adding any kind of sqauash or yam to the stew itself, then providing plates of chopped lettuce, bananas, and tomatoes to add to each individual's plate. The raw stuff on top really makes the dish!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 18, 2003

this recipe was ok, but the peanut butter taste was way too overpowering. If I make it again, I'd decrease the amount of peanut butter and maybe add more tomato paste.


25 Ratings

Nov 14, 2008

I spent a month in Ghana and fell in love with groundnut stew when I was there. I was so excited when I tasted the final product of this recipe because it was absolutely perfect! I added chopped onions and green peppers, and omitted the mushrooms. I also had to use extra chicken stock to thin it out. I served it over rice like they do in Ghana. And instead of using raw chicken breast, I bought a whole roasted chicken, carved it up and poured the stew over whole pieces of drumstick/thigh, and then shredded up the rest to add to the stew. Delicious! My boyfriend and my roommate (both of whom have never had African food before) devoured it and are already asking me to make more. Thank you so much for this recipe! You definitely helped satisfy my craving for Ghanaian food

Jul 12, 2007

When I lived in Africa, it was easier to use all fresh ingredients. Instead of canned tomatoes and chilies, use fresh to taste. This makes a much more intense and complex flavor. Also, instead of chicken, any kind of meat that is on hand can be used - beef, pork, ham, goat, lamb or even tofu. If you enjoy a bit of texture, use chunky peanut butter. This is an extremely versatile dish, so use your imagination.

Apr 01, 2006

This was excellent. I made a few modifications, though: I used the whole 6 oz can of tomato paste, I used 2- 15 1/2 oz cans of tomatoes with jalapenos and I used about 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter instead of 2 cups, I added a cubed yam and 1 1/2 green bell peppers. I also used 4 chicken breasts instead of 6. It was hearty and plentiful! Thanks for the recipe.

Apr 13, 2010

Absolutely my favourite dish. Smothered over rice with as many condiments (shredded coconut, diced apple, chutney, orange slices, tomato slices, raisins, plantain chips etc) as possible. Fansastic.

Sep 25, 2011

Very simple and tasty dish. The peanut butter I used seemed a bit dry, so I did have to thin it out with some chicken broth. Liked it even better the second day. This would be good with a bit of curry powder also, giving it a Thai flavor.

Apr 19, 2011

Yummy! We put green apple, raw onion and lettuce on top. I only used one and a half cups peanut butter and I think that was plenty. I also used the whole can of tomato paste and might even put in a little more next time.


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  • Calories
  • 504 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.9 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 30.6 g
  • 47%
  • Fiber
  • 4.2 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 46.7 g
  • 93%
  • Sodium
  • 621 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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