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Monday, October 17, 2011

Easy African Chicken Stew

I am not sure how authentic it is but we sure liked it. Most African Chicken Stews have peanuts or peanut butter in it but I didn't want that flavor tonight.  This is a bit sweet, but savory also. It got 2 thumbs up all around. No one was crazy about the chickpeas except me but I liked the texture.

African Chicken Stew

2 large or 3 smallish boneless skinless chicken breast - from happy free range chickens if possible Or thighs or a combination -
1TBS coconut oil
1 large onion diced (largish chunks are ok)
3 whole carrots peeled and sliced
3 or 4 cloves of garlic minced
1 large can fire roasted tomatoes or home canned tomatoes
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp tumeric
2 tsp honey (I just squirted some in the pan)
1 cup sliced zucchini or summer squash
1 cup sliced bell peppers - green, red and orange if you have it.
1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/2 cup golden raisins

In a large stew pot saute' onions and carrots in the oil over medium heat.. Slice the chicken into strips and then into smaller pieces - I slice my chicken horizontally first so you get 2 thin-ish pieces. Turn up the heat to medium high and add chicken and minced garlic stirring to combine. Put lid on and cook for about 2 minutes. Uncover and stir well. Add in your tomatoes, cinnamon, cumin, tumeric, pepper, honey, zucchini and bell peppers. Stir again and cover - boil for 10-15 minutes (you want your carrots soft) uncovering to stir occasionally. Add chickpeas and raisins, stir and cook a couple minutes more to heat through.

I served this over rice but it would be great with couscous.

I am linking this to Monday Mania @ The Healthy Home Economist, and I am excited to also be linking it to the Hearth and Soul Hop! Plus The Homemaking Link Up @ Raising Homemakers


  1. That sounds delicious! I enjoy trying out all kinds of international recipes at home.

  2. Too bad I didn't have this recipe when I was homeschooling my son!! We did a unit study on Africa. I still remember all there is to know about the Massai Tribe in Africa....homeschooling for mom!

  3. Hi Kristy, just discovered your blog from when you left a comment about my soup night (thanks!). You have some great recipes. I plan to try this African stew, looks good!

  4. Amy - we love a little international food too!

    Misty - this would have been perfect for a homeschool unit study - I loved all the learning I gained when we homeschooled too!

    Debbie - I hope your family likes this. I am looking forward to your new carnival!

  5. I love the combination of flavors! Your stew looks hearty and delicious. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    P.S. your helper is adorable!

  6. Thanks Alea - she is my best helper!

  7. ooh! a new recipe!! I have another one I want to try:) Thanks for you tip on my blog. I am excited to do new recipe rotations!

  8. prob depends on what part of africa you are referring to...but i was in kenya for a month and my friend just married one of our kenyan translators~they do not use peanuts or peanut butter in their stew (just thought id clarify LOL) but it does sound tasty:)

  9. and ps misty...we learned of the masai in cultural anthropology so of course you can imagine my excitement when we went to an ACTUAL visit to the masai tribe and their village!!!!! i BEGGED to try the milk with blood to immerse myself completely in the culture but they only do it every other day so as not to stress the cows and of course they had just done it the day before :( :( :( i LOVED the experience adn will be returning with my son when hes a bit older!

  10. Thanks mcswigg - sometimes I make sweeping statements like "most African Chicken Stew has peanuts in it" when in reality I have only seen 6 or 7 recipes. LOL Sounds like your trip was amazing. I am sure your son will love the experience. Thanks for stopping and commenting!

  11. My husband and I were in Zambia for a month and they served a stew like this with stiff white cornmeal mush that was used like a spoon. They'd roll a ball of the mush in their hand, then make a depression in the middle with their thumb, then scoop up the stew with it (like a biscuit) and pop it in their mouths. I remember them eating cooked spinach with some peanut butter in it, too. Cute blog.

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