West African Peanut Stew with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

West African Peanut Stew with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

A sweet, savory, rich, mildly spicy stew from Ghana, with chicken and sweet potatoes simmered in peanut butter broth flavored with ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper.
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time1 min
Total Time31 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: African
Keyword: Chicken
Yield: 4 people


  • 4-5 pounds Skinless chicken parts, legs, and thighs are best, with bones.
  • 4 tbsp Cooking oil such as light olive oil or canola, divided.
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.
  • 2 medium Yellow onions, roughly chopped.
  • 4 large Garlic cloves, chopped.
  • 3 tbsp Minced fresh ginger (from a 2-3-inch piece).
  • 2 cups Canned crushed tomatoes.
  • ¾ tsp Cayenne pepper.
  • 6 cups Chicken broth, divided.
  • 1 cup Creamy natural peanut butter at room temperature.
  • 1 bunch Cilantro, thick stems removed, washed, and chopped for garnish.
  • ½ cup Chopped peanuts, optional garnish.


  • Rinse chicken parts, pat dry, season with salt and pepper, to taste. Heat oil (2 tablespoons) in a large stew pot or dutch oven till hot, but not smoking. Brown the chicken over medium-high heat in batches, (4-5 pieces at time) about 3 minutes per side. Once the chicken is browned, set it aside.
  • Pour 2 additional tablespoons of oil into the pot and add the onions, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring, until fragrant and somewhat softened, about 3 minutes. Return chicken to pot. Add the cubed sweet potatoes, tomatoes (2 cups), cayenne pepper (3/4 teaspoon), and only 4 cups (out of 6) of chicken broth.
  • In a bowl, whisk the peanut butter (1 cup) with the other two cups of broth. When fully combined, pour the mixture into the stew pot. Bring the to a boil, reduce heat to a steady low simmer and cook, uncovered , for 1 hour, or until chicken is tender and falling off the bone.
  • Remove stew from heat. Using tongs, lift chicken pieces out of the stew, remove meat from bones and shred. You won’t need the bones for this recipe. Return shredded chicken to the stew pot. Season stew with salt and fresh pepper, to taste.
  • Ladle stew into shallow bowls. Garnish generously with cilantro and peanuts (optional).