A New Continent

I've always prided myself on having fairly adventurous tastes when it comes to eating. I like to say that I'd try anything once! But, when it comes to cooking, I'm a bit more reserved. Give me Italian or Asian flavors, and I'm all about them and really know what to do with them. Mexican and Latin flavors are also a forte of mine, and I'm working my way into being more comfortable with Indian spices. Tonight, I ventured into a new continent. After seeing an African Peanut Stew on a few blogs recently, I knew I had to try it... but you know me! I can't leave well enough alone. I researched during my lunch today and found a few different recipes that gave me a good idea of the flavor combination I was looking for. I'm quite pleased with the result, and I made this quite a satisfying meal by serving this stew/stoup atop some steamed bulgur wheat.
African Peanut Stew
African Chicken, Peanut, and Sweet Potato Stew Ingredients * 1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into chunks * 2 medium onions, diced * 3 medium sweet potatoes, cut into chunks * 1 Tbsp. olive oil * 1 tsp. ground coriander * 1 tsp. garlic powder * 1 tsp. ground cumin * 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper * 3/4 c. chunky peanut butter * 1 1/2 c. broth or water Directions Heat olive oil in a large pot with a lid. Add onions and cook over low heat until nearly caramelized, then add chicken and stir well, and cook a few minutes until chicken is lightly browned. Add the chunks of potato, broth and spices, stir well and cover. Cook on low heat about 30 minutes, then uncover and stir in peanut butter. Cook about 10 minutes more until thickened. Serve alone or over a cooked grain.
African Peanut Stew
Definitely a big fan of this one! Sometimes I have no idea how something is going to turn out...usually I eat it anyway, but this one was quite delicious! The peanut butter added enough creaminess that it tasted very rich without being so. Also, the addition of the sweet potatoes in recognition of our favorite sweet potato fan's 22nd birthday was a welcome sweetness and thickener as well. This could easily be made vegetarian or vegan with the omission of the chicken and an addition of tofu or black beans. I'll be making this one again, for sure! This week will sure to be full of food adventures, as it's Adam's birthday week! His actual birthday is Thursday, but I've agreed to make him a couple favorites, including a Southern-style feast, yet another thing I've never really cooked... Have a wonderful evening and great Wednesday!
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27 Responses to A New Continent

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Thank you for the birthday wishes and linkage!! 🙂

  2. Christina says:

    Mmm yummy! Good luck w/ the southern feast! I cooked my first one a few months ago! Definitely felt like Paula Deen. hehe
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Kids in the Kitchen: Pasta Pie =-.

  3. i, too, have been quite enamored by the sound of this stew. now moreso than ever. pienso que i’m going to copy you 🙂

    feliz dia, mi hermana espanola/judia

  4. I just spent the last year and a half in Africa and ate peanut sauce with most meals. You definitely got the recipe right, and I love the addition of sweet potatoes. And I’m glad you added cayenne pepper…it’s not African without the heat!

  5. Erica says:

    Oh yum! I’ve never tried to make an African dish before but this makes me want to try one. I love how adventurous you are in the kitchen 🙂
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Easter Candy OD =-.

  6. Lauren says:

    Mara, I’m not sure what you are talking about. You make some of the most elaborate and exotic meals that always impress me beyond belief!!

    Okay, so you are the queen of Mexican, but I think its safe to assume that you are quite fluent in all other countries of elegant and delicious cuisine 🙂

    Have fun celebrating Adam’s birthday week. I’m having birthday week too!!! 🙂 So much fun.

    <3 you!
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Easter Weekend =-.

  7. glidingcalm says:

    ooo Adam’s bday!! how fun!!!

    that stew looks delish! I am dying to go to an Afghan or Ethiopian restaurant, though I havent yet!! Like you though, I pride myself on having adventurous, exotic taste buds!!!

    love you so!
    .-= glidingcalm´s last blog ..I enjoy the bus. =-.

  8. That looks amazing!!!! I love all ethnic foods!!
    .-= Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat)´s last blog ..135.4 =-.

  9. Holy YUM – I bet it tasted amazing!
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  10. Oh how delicious! My hubby is away and I want to make this for myself!
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet It Is´s last blog ..Happy Easter! =-.

  11. Oh Mara, I <3 you! My husband was just saying he was ready for me to make something new and different. This is going to be PERFECT!! You have saved the day! 🙂

  12. That dish sounds fantastic! And I love the orange & blue dishes!

  13. mmmmm…i’m still a little scared of this dish (don’t know why?) but your pictures make it look so fantastic! i think i need to face my fear and try it soon 🙂

  14. Ohhh my goodness, this looks freaking amazing! I just love the taste of anything with peanuts!

    I bet you could easily make this without chicken, don’t you think?

    .-= Kris | iheartwellness.com´s last blog ..I Heart Japanese Green Tea =-.

  15. Katie says:

    That looks delicious! African food is so, so good. There are so many Ethipian and North African restaurants here that I have yet to check out… MUST!

    Happy early birthday, Adam!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Back in Shorts =-.

  16. Quix says:

    That is so creative! I’ve definitely just sticking to my tried and true favorites lately, and it’s time to branch out! Looks so yummy.

    Happy birthday Adam! 🙂
    .-= Quix´s last blog ..It’s Go Time =-.

  17. LOVING your recent (well, ALL, but especially your recent) recipes! This is definitely another one I’ve starred in my reader! 😉

  18. kathy says:

    Thanks for this recipe. My hubby just love chicken so much I have to collect different chicken recipes for him. 🙂
    .-= kathy´s last blog ..Quick Snacks: Under 200 Calories! =-.

  19. Marianne says:

    This looks delicious 🙂 I have a few recipes for different African peanut stews/soups, and I’ve always wanted to try them, yet never have. I don’t know why!
    .-= Marianne´s last blog ..Media Muffin Contest Recap =-.

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  21. clare says:

    hi there…i found your recipe via foodgawker.com and tried it last night. it was a huge hit! my husband and i both loved it. 🙂 just wanted to say thanks for creating and sharing such a healthy, tasty dish!

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  23. Wendy says:

    Delicious! Thank you so much, this is one of my new favorites. A perfectly hearty, healthy stew.

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