Terrie Hoelscher Recipe

African Chicken Peanut Butter Stew

By Terrie Hoelscher Blessed1

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Terrie's Story

You can tweak the spices and seasonings on this to suit your fancy ... I'm not crazy about cumin, so I go a little lighter on it. You might want MORE red pepper flakes. Season it to suit your taste!
I cut the amt of spices in-half when I made it, and it was plenty tasty as it was. It has such a rich flavor from the peanut butter and even using only ½ the spices called for, it still had a little bit of a "kick" to it. Adjust to suit your own palate.


2 Tbsp
olive oil
chicken breast halves, skinless and boneless, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 clove
garlic, crushed
1 medium
onion, chopped
1 large
potato, diced
1 tsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
ground coriander
1 tsp
ground black pepper
1 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp
1 c
3/4 c
unsalted, natural-style creamy peanut butter
1 can(s)
(15 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained/rinsed

Directions Step-By-Step

Prepare ahead of time, by chopping your ingredients and having them ready to go: your chicken, onion, garlic and potato. Pre-measure your spices and put them in a small bowl, so they'll be ready to pour at once, when the time comes. It just helps to have everything laid out, so you can move forward smoothly with the recipe, and not have to stop to measure, chop, etc. ... while something else on the stove might be burning! Yikes!
In a large skillet with a well-fitting lid, heat the oil over med-hi heat. Add the chicken, and brown chicken quickly, on all sides. Remove chicken to a platter and set aside; keep warm.
Reduce heat to LOW, add garlic, onion and potato. Sauté for 2 - 3 minutes.
Season with the cumin, coriander, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and salt. Do not let garlic brown!
Add the water, and return the browned chicken and all its juices to the pan. Place lid on skillet and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 12 - 15 minutes.
Remove about a 1/2 cup of the juices from the pan. In a small bowl, stir the juices w/ the peanut butter to make it creamy and a softer texture. The mixture will react with the spices and broth, and turn very dark, for some reason.
Pour the peanut butter and the garbanzo beans into the skillet, stirring well ... make sure the peanut butter is blended in completely. Replace the lid, and simmer for another 10 minutes, until chicken is thoroughly cooked and potatoes are tender.
Remove from heat. Adjust seasonings, and serve hot.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #savory, #african, #ethopian
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    Terrie Hoelscher Blessed1 - Nov 18, 2010
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    Thea Pappalardo Sassy01 - Nov 18, 2010
    This sounds fabulous. I believe I have all of the ingredients in the house. I wish we weren't eating leftover chicken tonight. Guess I'll have to wait a week or so.
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    Terrie Hoelscher Blessed1 - Nov 18, 2010
    It sounds delicious to me, too, Thea ... not sure my hubby will go for it, if he knows there's PB in it. He likes PB, but probably wouldn't go for using it in a chicken recipe. I love peanut butter lime sauces w/ chicken, etc. Wish I had a recipe for that!
    When you make this African Stew, let me know how it is, ok? I might just surprise him and make it anyway. haha!
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    Thea Pappalardo Sassy01 - Nov 18, 2010
    That's so funny. I just told my husband about this recipe and he said "peanut butter with chicken?". I had to explain that certain ethnicities cook with peanut butter and it's delicious. He seems cool with it. I never heard of peanut butter/ lime sauce but i know I have limes in the house too.
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    Terrie Hoelscher Blessed1 - Nov 18, 2010
    Too funny ... he voiced my husband's sentiments exactly! ha! Peanut butter - if natural and unsweetened - is a very good base for many foods. I've always had it mixed w/ sauces for different types of chicken when I ordered it at restaurants over the years, and it's a delicious combination, kind of nutty and smoky.
    Peanuts are also a common ingred. in a lot of different ethnicities, especially in eastern cultures. Yummmmy ... these picky eaters don't know what they're missing, do they?