DIY Recipes: How to make Chicken peanut stew

This recipe is one of Ghana’s most famous national dishes.

Chicken peanut stew with rice

This version is simply made by adding peanut sauce to an onion, tomato and pepper soup base.


2 medium yellow onions (about 12 ounces; 340g), halved and ends trimmed, divided

2 cups (480ml) homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken broth, plus more as needed, divided

5 medium cloves garlic, divided

1 ounce (28g) fresh ginger (about a 1-inch knob), divided

2 teaspoons tomato paste

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken legs (about 2 pounds; 900g)

1 hot chilli pepper, such as bird's eye, habanero, or Scotch bonnet (see note)

2 bay leaves

1 cup creamy peanut butter (9 ounces; 255g)

1 (28-ounce; 794g) can of plum tomatoes

1 whole smoke-dried fish, such as tilapia or snapper (see note)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Hot cooked white rice or fufu, to serve


In a blender, purée 2 onion halves, 1/2 cup (120ml) chicken stock, 3 garlic cloves, 1/2 ounce ginger, and tomato paste.

In a Dutch oven, combine chicken legs with purée, remaining onion halves, remaining 1/2 ounce ginger, and remaining 2 cloves garlic, along with hot pepper and bay leaves. Toss to coat.

Set Dutch oven over medium heat and bring to a simmer, then cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until halved onion is soft and translucent about 20 minutes.

Add an extra 1/2 cup (120ml) chicken stock if the mixture begins to stick to the bottom of the pot.

Transfer chunks of onion, ginger, garlic cloves, and hot pepper to a blender. Add peanut butter, canned tomatoes and their juices, and the remaining 1 1/2 cups (360ml) chicken stock and purée until smooth.

Pass the blended mix through a fine-mesh strainer into the Dutch oven, stirring to incorporate.

Increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer, then lower heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is tender, oils have surfaced, and mixture has thickened and reduced by about one-third, about 40 minutes. Add smoked fish, reduce heat to low, cover pot, and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Remove and discard smoked fish and bay leaves, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot over white rice or any carbohydrates.


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