West African Peanut Soup With Chicken

West African Peanut Soup With Chicken Recipe

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Vickie Parks


This is a traditional West African soup recipe. The main ingredient is chicken that's flavored with peanuts and sweet potatoes, and it gets additional seasoning depth from fresh ginger, garlic, chilies and kale. It's quite delicious and, once your try it, it's likely to be a regular feature at your home.


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15 Min
25 Min
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3/4 c
roasted shelled peanuts
2 Tbsp
peanut oil or corn oil
1 medium
red or white onion, chopped
1 Tbsp
minced fresh ginger
1 Tbsp
minced garlic
1/2 lb
skinless boneless chicken (thigh or breast), cut into chunks
1 pinch
cayenne pepper
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
black pepper, or to taste
6 c
chicken stock or water
sweet potatoes or yams (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into thick slices
plum tomatoes, cored and halved (canned is ok; drain)
1/2 lb
kale or collard greens, washed and cut into wide ribbons
1/4 to 1/2 c
peanut butter, chunky or smooth

How to Make West African Peanut Soup With Chicken


  • 1Chop peanuts, or crush them with the side of a knife, or pulse them in a food processor to chop roughly.
  • 2Put oil in a deep skillet or medium saucepan over medium heat; a minute later, add onion, ginger and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add chicken and continue cooking for another 3 or 4 minutes, until just coloring. Add 1/2 cup peanuts and the cayenne and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • 3Stir in the stock and the sweet potatoes, bring to a boil, and turn heat down to medium-low so the soup bubbles gently. Stir in tomatoes and collards, then cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • 4Stir in 1/4 cup peanut butter. Taste, adjust seasoning (you may want to add more peanut butter at this point) and serve, garnished with remaining peanuts.

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About West African Peanut Soup With Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups, Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: African

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