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West African Peanut Chicken Stew (Plasas)

Simple ingredients come together in this wonderfully flavorful Peanut Chicken Stew; a perfect example of West African comfort food at its best!  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: West African
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 454kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • 1 1/2-2 pounds bone-in and skin-on chicken pieces (alternatively, beef is also commonly used)
  • Palm or coconut oil for frying
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste ,not tomato sauce
  • 1 10- ounce package frozen spinach ,fully thawed and drained
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened peanut butter
  • 3 Maggie or Knorr tomato bouillon cubes (a popular ingredient in West African cooking)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup strong chicken broth
  • Optional: For some heat add some red chilis or hot sauce


  • Heat some oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven until very hot. Generously brown the chicken pieces on all sides (crucial for the flavor of the sauce). Remove the chicken.
  • In the same pot, add some more oil and cook the onions until caramelized. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer, stirring until the peanut butter is fully incorporated. Return the chicken to the sauce, nestling it in the sauce. Cover and simmer over low for at least one hour. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with steamed rice or African fufu (see blog post for explanation).
  • **This dish tastes even better the next day after the flavors have had more time to meld.
Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1531mg | Potassium: 1400mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 8155IU | Vitamin C: 34.8mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 4.9mg