Ground Nut Stew

Ground Nut Stew

19 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    30 m
  • Ready In

    45 m
Recipe by  ABASS7997

“This is a wonderful, spicy chicken stew served over rice. I make it often for my husband and friends. It can easily be doubled to feed a crowd. It is an amazing African dish. I learned it from a good friend who was a missionary kid in Sierra Leone and Zaire. It can easily be modified for vegans by substituting vegetable broth and adding vegetables instead of chicken. Any fresh or frozen veggies that you have on hand can be added.”

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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  1. Melt peanut butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in tomato paste, and blend with peanut butter until smooth. Mix in diced tomatoes with green chile peppers and chicken broth. Cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken and onions until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
  3. Mix chicken, onions, and mushrooms into the peanut butter mixture, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Season with cayenne pepper.

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I, too, was introduced to Ground Nut Stew by a friend who spent half his life as a missionary kid in West Africa. He taught me to serve this over rice, but with the addition of adding any kind of sqauash or yam to the stew itself, then providing plates of chopped lettuce, bananas, and tomatoes to add to each individual's plate. The raw stuff on top really makes the dish!



I spent a month in Ghana and fell in love with groundnut stew when I was there. I was so excited when I tasted the final product of this recipe because it was absolutely perfect! I added chopped onions and green peppers, and omitted the mushrooms. I also had to use extra chicken stock to thin it out. I served it over rice like they do in Ghana. And instead of using raw chicken breast, I bought a whole roasted chicken, carved it up and poured the stew over whole pieces of drumstick/thigh, and then shredded up the rest to add to the stew. Delicious! My boyfriend and my roommate (both of whom have never had African food before) devoured it and are already asking me to make more. Thank you so much for this recipe! You definitely helped satisfy my craving for Ghanaian food



When I lived in Africa, it was easier to use all fresh ingredients. Instead of canned tomatoes and chilies, use fresh to taste. This makes a much more intense and complex flavor. Also, instead of chicken, any kind of meat that is on hand can be used - beef, pork, ham, goat, lamb or even tofu. If you enjoy a bit of texture, use chunky peanut butter. This is an extremely versatile dish, so use your imagination.

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Amount Per Serving (10 total)

  • Calories
  • 504 cal
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 30.6 g
  • 47%
  • Carbs
  • 14.9 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 46.7 g
  • 93%
  • Cholesterol
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 621 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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