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A Little Taste of Africa on a Chilly Minnesota Weeknight

Now that it’s January, my slow cooker has become my best friend. Our house is chilly and I find myself wearing a scarf and felted wool slippers. This new recipe for African Chicken Peanut Stew seemed just right for a chilly Minnesota weeknight. I was working from home for the day and this stew only needed 4 hours in the slow cooker, so I made it mid-day. I love the feeling that dinner is already done!

Start by cutting up the chicken thighs and your onions and garlic. A good way to get the skins off garlic is to cut through the flat end of the garlic but not through the bottom layer of skin.

 

Then crush the garlic by pushing down hard on it with the flat edge of the knife. Careful, of course!

 

The skin practically falls off the crushed garlic.

 

The somewhat flattened garlic is also easier to chop finely.

Now melt the Butter with Olive Oil in a large skillet.

When it’s melted, add the chicken pieces, onion, garlic and spices, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes.

While the chicken is browning – remembering to stir every couple minutes – cut up the sweet potatoes and red peppers. These are nice big pieces so they don’t get overcooked in the slow cooker.

Layer the sweet potatoes in your cooker. Your chicken should be getting close to ready.

 

When the chicken mixture is browned and smells delicious, add it to the cooker atop the potatoes.

 

Then, add the peppers and pour on the broth.

 

This is the best part. Just leave it to cook for 3-4 hours and go get some other work done! Dinner is 95% finished.

After 3 to 4 hours, check to make sure the chicken and sweet potatoes are tender and, if so, stir in the peanut butter. This may seem an unusual ingredient for a stew, but it adds amazing flavor and richness to the broth.

 

Do your best to mix it in without breaking up the perfectly done sweet potatoes.

 

Put the cover back on while you prepare the garnishes and set the table. First, chop the peanuts. I use a chopper with a press-down top that I absolutely love.

 

Makes chopping so easy, though I admit it is rather noisy!

 

You also want some sliced green onion, which adds great flavor and color.

 

The garnishes are ready, I just added the garnishes myself and set the bowls out on the table. It didn’t take long for the family to assemble and dig in!

 

A little exotic and very delicious… The chicken is amazingly tender and flavorful. Just what’s needed to comfort and warm a family with teenagers on a cold Minnesota night. Try this African Chicken Peanut Stew and be sure to share your experience and comments. I’d love to hear from you.

Check back in a few days when Amanda makes popovers, which would be perfect with this stew!

Liz is paid to write for the Land O’Lakes Recipe Buzz® Blog.

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I was wondering if U could subtitute the chicken , w/ pork? This looks like a good cold fall day. Put it in the morning & leave 2 go shopping ir errands, when U come back . Dinner is ready.

Posted Sep 19 2012 by crazeknot
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Yes, using equal amounts of pork loin chunks will work just fine in this recipe. I agree it is a perfect Fall weather recipe.
Posted September 21, 2012

Liz,

Where is the list of ingredients and amounts?

Maryann

Posted Jan 12 2012 by Maryann
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In the blog copy you will note that the name of the recipe is underlined whenever the name is mentioned. Just click on the name and you will be taken to the recipe document and all the ingredients will be listed there.
Posted January 17, 2012

What a beautiful, colorful dish - incredibly tempting! I'm definitely going to try this, and it would be a great recipe to take to a pot luck. You make it look easy, too!

Posted Jan 14 2011 by Cynthia S.

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