African Peanut Stew with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes |

African Peanut Stew with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

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I’m always a big fan of quick and easy dinners, but this week I REALLY need them. Because daylight savings is totally sucking the life out of me. I feel like I can’t even function anymore once it’s dark outside. I just want to get in my pajamas and drink wine. It’s hard to muster up enough energy to cook dinner when it’s pitch black before 5pm. Ugh. I hate it!

African Peanut Stew with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes |

So this African Peanut Stew with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes is just what the doctor ordered. I know you’re probably thinking it’s next to impossible to make a rich, flavorful stew in 30 minutes. But I’m here to tell you that it’s totally doable thanks to one of my favorite kitchen shortcuts: a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Those things are magical. Embrace them.

Also, make sure you use a nice big pot for increased surface area and faster cooking. It totally makes a difference.

This stew is satisfying enough all on it’s own. But I like to serve it over rice to make it extra hearty. You can cook up the rice while the stew is cooking. But day old rice is great here too!



African Peanut Stew with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4

African Peanut Stew with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes


  • For the Stew
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 2 cups peeled and diced sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4. tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken

  • For Serving
  • Cooked rice
  • Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Sliced peppers (either hot or mild)
  • Peanuts


  1. Warm the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the ginger, garlic, tomato paste and spices. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the chicken stock and peanut butter. Bring the stew to a low boil. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the stew from scorching at the bottom and to help incorporate the peanut butter. Stir in the shredded chicken. Remove the stew from the heat and set aside.
  2. The stew can be served alone. Or you can ladle it over warm rice. Top with fresh cilantro, peppers and peanuts. Enjoy immediately.
  3. Leftovers can be store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 2-3 days.


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65 comments on “African Peanut Stew with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes”

  1. Yum! I have to confess that I’ve never tried African peanut anything. I know, that’s so dumb, especially since I already know how good savory peanut butter is and I love Thai peanut everything! Looks amazing Liz and I love the november flair you added with the sweet taters!

    • Thanks, Tori! I think you’ll really love it since you’re all ready a fan of savory peanut butter foods. I hope you try it out!

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  3. I can’t stand the early darkness either 🙁 Even worse for me are the dark winter mornings though, who wants to get out of bed if it’s cold, wet and dark? It’s hard enough as is, haha! Love this comforting stew, Liz! Such great flavors coming together.

  4. I’m loving that it’s lighter earlier now, but I hate that it’s already getting dark at 4:30pm! This stew looks gorgeous, Liz! Definitely sounds like the perfect comfort food for the cold weather that’s ahead!

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  6. I hate it getting dark so early too Liz, but I will say the pajamas and wine helps!! I have never tried African peanut stew, but it clearly looks like I’ve been missing something quick and tasty! On my list friend! Enjoy your weekend!

  7. How gorgeous is this stew?? It seriously looks like MY kind of comfort food, since you pretty much put all my favorite things in it! Perfection. 😀

  8. OMG. This looks exactly like a dish served at a restaurant I love in Santa Fe (I know). I must make this – I need the nostalgia!

  9. I am totally hating the loss of daylight too! I’m exactly like you, hand me my pajamas and a glass of wine at like 3:30 please! 😉 Anyways, loving the 30 minute meal Thursdays! This stew looks ridiculously delicious, Liz!! Loving the flavors, sweet potato, peanuts AND rotisserie chicken (<– That really is a god send)! Drool-sesh going on over here! Pinned! Cheers, doll!

  10. I’m all for quick and easy during the week!!! love this African Peanut Stew and YES to a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store!!! that’s my go-to shortcut too!!!! love this!

  11. Oh my gosh, yes! Once it’s dark outside I am ready for bed! This stew looks like it’s packed with so many good flavors. I bet it’s delicious with the sweet potatoes!

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  16. This looks great! For me, early darkness = watching an unhealthy amount of Hallmark movies!!! I have a Hallmark problem….

  17. Oh my goodness, this is such a comforting bowl, Liz! Love the flavors you’ve packed in here and the color is so vibrant. No doubt with daylight savings, I’m suffering from wanting to be in bed by 5 pm – of course I can have it all done by then ; ) . And then, not wanting to roll out of bed until 7….. that’s too late for me!! Thank you for this my dear. I’ll be toasting you around 3:30… Cheers! 😀

  18. I want to be in bed by 8:30…daylight savings really does suck! This meal sounds perfect for cozying up early — the flavors sound incredible! I love that you used tomato paste to amp up the flavor — this looks delicious!

  19. Rotisserie chickens are the best! I’m getting serious dinner inspiration from all you ladies with this 30-minute Thursday. I’ve been so lame with my dinners and you guys inspire me! I need to get this stew on the menu 🙂

    • Aww…thanks for the sweet comment, Rachel! I’ll trade you a dinner any day for some of the awesome baked goods you make! 🙂

  20. Oh my goodness, I’m totally disliking the fact that it’s dark out before 5pm. This stew is just the cure for those daylight savings’ blues! It looks gorgeous and so full of flavor! Love the sweet potatoes & rotisserie chicken – such a lifesaver!

  21. Oh I totally kind of love Daylight Savings time! Lol. I like the darkness… it makes the evenings feel so long (which is when my kids are in bed and I get to relax…) so I don’t mind! This stew has such fun flavors in it! So perfect for this chilly weather 🙂

    • OK, you are the only person I know who has embraced Daylight Savings. Ha ha ha. So glad you can get in a little bit of relaxation at night! 🙂

  22. That stew looks fantastic and so full of flavour! I’m with you on hating daylight savings, it is SO dark so early now. Every year I wish that we could just stop doing it – darkness going later in the morning is so much better then getting dark by mid afternoon!

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  24. Can I just say that I am loving that you added white rice with your stew!! This quick stew looks perfect for our cold weather we are having right now. And I agree with you Daylight savings time is totally sucking right now. I hate it getting so dark so early. I’m always so sleepy. 😉

  25. Oh how I love a good stew as the weather gets colder! And with all that peanut butter in here??? Sounds wonderful Liz!!

  26. We don’t have daylight savings time in AZ but I still want to curl up on the couch in my pajamas and drink wine! I would also love to curl up with a big bowl of this stew because it is getting cold here and I could live off meals like this right now!

  27. This sounds SO good! What a unique meal. So much great flavor going on with all the spices and PB…. and I love how quick & easy it is!! <3

  28. This looks AMAZING and so flavorful! I could go for a big plate of this right now!

  29. I totally hear you on daylight savings time! I’d actually prefer for it to be dark in the morning just for an extra hour of light in the evening…why do we need light in the morning again? Ha ha anyway I seriously want to try this stew because I love African peanut soup and those sweet potatoes sound amazing in there!

  30. Wow your stew looks amazing! I have never heard of African peanut stew, but I can imagine it must be good with all those spices, herbs, peanut butter and the tomato base. Love the idea of 30 minutes thursdays too! And I totally agree – the earlier it gets darker, the less likely I am to muster the energy to do anything in the evening!

  31. Why oh why do we have to have day light savings time?! I basically think it is the worst thing ever! The sun was setting at like 3:30 today! It’s just crazy!! I have never heard of this kind of stew before so I am totally intrigued!! It has so many of my favorite ingredients!

    • It’s dark WAY too early for me. I just want to curl up and sleep until Spring! I know you’ll love the stew, Annie. I hope you try it out!

  32. I’m not a fan of this whole getting dark at 5 kind of thing. Ugh. This stew would definitely breathe new life into our normal dinner routine (which is something we desperately need at time). Plus it’s quick which is a must!

  33. Yum! I love everything about this dish! And I used to turn my nose up to rotisserie chicken – now I find I buy one every other week – love them! 😀

    • They really are so great. I used to think it was “cheating” too, but now I’m so on board with them and I probably buy one at least once a week too. They are great for making easy dinners happen fast!

  34. This was amazing! I cooked a whole chicken in a pot with carrot and onion so I had shredded chicken and homemade stock ready made for this dish. Loved the flavors and am very excited to eat the leftovers for lunch. Definitely a recipe I am going to make again. Thanks for sharing.

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