Caroline Wright

African Chicken Peanut Butter Stew

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Peanut butter adds a savory richness and depth to many of my favorite dishes from around the globe. Among them is this stew, which uses peanut butter to round out the acidity of the tomatoes and pair up with the sweet potato. You’ll be surprised how comforting this savory stew is—it’s rich, simple, and a must for the peanut fan in all of us.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

African Chicken Peanut Butter Stew


African Chicken Peanut Butter Stew Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. Old Fashioned Smooth Peanut Butter

2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 pound bone-in, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 cup Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter, divided
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes in juice, drained and cut into large chunks
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
1 quart chicken broth
8 cups sliced collard greens or kale


1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper; add to pan. In batches, brown chicken until golden on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer chicken to a plate as it becomes browned.

2. Add onion, garlic and ginger to pan; cook, stirring, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add chicken, tomatoes, potatoes, 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter, and cayenne; stir in chicken broth. Bring to a simmer; cook until sweet potatoes are almost tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in collard greens or kale; cook until greens are tender, about 5 minutes more. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter before serving.

African Chicken Peanut Butter Stew - Bring to a simmer; cook until sweet potatoes are almost tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in collard greens or kale; cook until greens are tender

African Chicken Peanut Butter Stew, 7.6 out of 10 based on 5 ratings

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13 Responses to African Chicken Peanut Butter Stew

  1. Genevieve says:

    This is peerrrfect!!!! I just got sweet potatoes at the farmers market yesterday. I think I’m going to try and make this today…only one class today that’s over at 2! My housemates are in for a treat!

    • Caroline Wright says:

      Hi Natasha and Genevieve! So glad you both like the sound of this dish. It was definitely a favorite in my house, too. Swapping the spicy peanut butter for the smooth, Natasha, is a great idea (that I’ll use for me, too!). Genevieve, how did yours turn out? Cheers,

  2. Natasha says:

    Caroline, lovely recipe! I have to find time to make it this winter (i know it’s still fall but it feels like winter where I am). I am also thinking of replacing the Smooth pb with their spicy peanut butter. Delish!

  3. Darlin' Carla says:

    Now this is my kind of recipe. All things I have around the house and no fancy ingredients. Except for yall’s peanut butter but I can get that at walmart. I will definitely try this one out.

  4. Cynthia Cuthbertson says:

    Don’t you find it absurd that people comment on a recipe they’ve never tried???????

  5. Caitlin T says:

    I just made a variation of this. I already had an excellent sweet potato and PB stew, but the kale was a perfect addition since my weekly CSA had kale and sweet potatoes.

  6. Karen says:

    I made this several weeks ago with crushed red pepper and more of the greens.
    I could not believe how good it was. Then I misplaced the recipe….so glad to find it again!
    I wake up craving this dish. Thanks so very much!

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