Recipe by Leah Shaw
"This delicious stew is inspired by my friend from Sierra Leone, West Africa, who cooks often for her family. Many ingredients can be modified. This is kind of a 'whatever is handy now' recipe. You can use a whole roasting chicken cut into bite-sized pieces, or just breasts and thighs if you prefer. Other suggested additions are turnips, carrots and celery. This looks great served over white rice with a garnish of fresh chopped cilantro, parsley or unsalted peanuts."
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1 (3 pound)
roasting chicken, deboned and cut into bite size pieces
ground coriander seed
ground black pepper
crushed red pepper flakes
unsalted natural-style peanut butter
1 (15 ounce) can
garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
OK, so my husband & I are used to the real deal, having spent time in Sierra Leone, so I kept my expectations low. But it was Really good!! I doubled the spices (always do), so it had a good kick. Also used chicken broth instead of water, & added carrots, & used sweet potatoes rather than regular ones. Otherwise kept the recipe the same. Will definitely do it again.
I've never given a recipe only one star before...until now. I even like all the ingredients! I followed the recipe with one exception, I followed the other reviews suggestions and cut the peanut butter back. No amount of peanut butter could make me like this dish. It was not very good. We are waiting on Pizza Hut right now.
oh.....my....gosh.....this was the best!!!! Like previous reviewers, I tweaked the ingredients: I added 1 carrot, 2 ribs celery, 1 can diced tomatoes, and instead of water used 2 cups chicken broth. Also I didn't have garbanzo beans so I used pinto. No natural peanut butter, so I used Jif (I did not reduce the amount). I served it over brown rice, and I am stuffed right now from eating an extra helping because it was so darn good! This is one of the best allrecipes.com recipe I have ever made.
I threw all of my ingredients in the crockpot and set it on low. Hours later, I came home to a home filled with the most intoxicating aroma. I decreased my broth to 1/4 cup. Added 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper to spice combo. I also included some carrots and raisins, for a twist. Extremely fast, easy and satisfying recipe!
Wow - was this easy and delicious! And anything that my picky son eats, I will surely make again. My husband couldn't stop complimenting the dish while he was eating. I put it together just slightly differently. I sauteed carrots, celery, and onions with sweet potatoes. I eye-balled the peanut butter and tasted as I put it in. I also used homemade chicken stock instead of water. The other reviewers complained that it was spicy, yet bland, so I dredged the boneless thighs I used in a mixture of flour, cumin, ground corriander, salt & pepper before cooking in a little olive oil. I did also let this sit for a day before serving. Easy and delicious. Just the way I like it! Thanks so much for the post!
i too took the advice of others and suggest the following modifications:
1. added 1 cup of chicken broth or water
2. 1/2 cup peanut butter instead of 3/4 cup
3. 1/2 teaspoon extra red pepper flakes (if you like spicey).
4. added celery and green onions.
next time i would like to try this recipe with chicken breast as i don't really like the gamey flavor to dark meat chicken.
i was nervous to make this because of the love/hate response to this recipe, but it was very very good. i used pork instead of chicken because i was too lazy and it was already cubed. i did doctor a bit, using chicken broth instead of water, and adding a tbsp of brown sugar, as well as a tsp of cayenne. i went half on the pepper and used 1/2 cup of peanut butter, and added carrots and two tomatoes. eaten with baguette, with the winter salad from this website, and it was quite exotic and marvelous. very stick to your ribs. an absolute must: topping with fresh cilantro before serving. will make again for sure.
My husband and I both really enjoyed this dish, although the next time we make it we'll alter it a little. I wouldn't suggest serving it to kids, unless you cut down on the spices. It was very easy and quick to make, we'll probably be having it at least once a month.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
African Chicken Stew
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 615
** Calories from Fat: 324
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