One day I wanted to make chicken and peanut stew from one of my cookbook collections. But I also wanted to try this pepper sauce I bought from an African international foods store I ‘discovered’ while I was out and about. I wanted to use what I had at home without shopping for additional ingredients and needed something quick and filling. So, I combined the pepper sauce with the chicken and peanut butter and added some kale to make a West African inspired stew.
Quick Chicken and Peanut Pepper Stew
2 Chicken Breast 2 Bay Leaves
1 cup chopped Kale Fresh Black Pepper
1 ½ tbsp Crunchy Peanut Butter 4 tbsp Hot Water or more
2 tbsp Shito Din Pepper Sauce* Palm Oil
½ Onion 1 can Crushed tomatoes (optional)
3 cloves Garlic chopped Ginger
Suya Spice (optional) Ground chilies (or cayenne pepper)**
½ sweet potato cut into small cubes
Slice the chicken breast in half and cut into chunks. Season the chicken with black pepper, suya (optional) and ground hot peppers. Drizzle a small amount of palm oil onto the chicken and let it sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the palm oil in a pan over med/high heat. Add the onion and saute until softened. Next, add the chicken and saute until the chicken is browned. Stir in the garlic, ginger and sweet potato and cook for 2 more minutes. Add some water to the pan to help deglaze the pan and keep the chicken from sticking. Next add the kale, crushed tomatoes, and the pepper sauce. Adjust the heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in the peanut butter adding water to adjust thickness. Serve on top of couscous, rice, or with fufu on the side.
*Shito Din is a Ghanian pepper sauce. It consists primarily of hot chilies, dried fish, shrimp, tomatoes, and garlic. It can be found in many international markets selling African foods. One can also find Shito Din online such as through Amazon.
**Nina International – The Best Brand ground chilies was used in this recipe. This brand imports their chilies from Ghana and it tastes hotter than cayenne. This product can be found in local international food stores selling African products, and in particular in the Baltimore/DC area where the products are based. Cayenne can be used in lieu of the ground chilies.