African Peanut Stew

African Peanut Stew (Peanut soup) is a warm, creamy, hearty soup imbued with rich, bold, slightly spicy, exotic flavors. Prepare to fall in love!

This African Peanut Stew is a comforting, creamy, satisfying, sweet-savory dream, rich with spices, chicken and veggies in a peanut-tomato broth.  It’s easy to make in one pot with whatever veggies you have on hand, including vegan and gluten free options  Tender bites of juicy, shredded chicken, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cauliflower and greens are cooked in a ginger, cumin, paprika infused broth finished off with creamy peanut butter.  Serve your bowls of peanut butter soup with rice, cilantro, chopped peanuts and lime for a hypnotic meal-in-a-bowl your taste buds will treasure.  Read on for plenty of tips, tricks, recipe variations and ingredient substitutions or use the “jump to recipe button.”  Then go make this seriously delicious African Peanut Stew.

Peanut based recipes are some of my absolutely favorites including this peanut butter soup! If you love peanut butter, don’t miss: Chicken Satay Skewers, Pineapple Coconut Chicken Satay, Thai Peanut Chicken Tacos, Thai Chicken Pizza, Peanut Butter Chicken (aka Chicken Satay Skillet) and Thai Peanut Noodles. 

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WHY YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS AFRICAN PEANUT Soup

  • Delicious.  It’s one of my favorite soups to date! The layers of flavors and textures are boldly hypnotic.  Try this peanut soup today and you’ll be hooked!
  • Easy. There are quite a few ingredients in this peanut butter soup, but that means it’s crazy flavorful. The good news is, the ingredients are mostly dump and simmer. 
  • Quick to make. The entire recipe is on your table in less than 50 minutes.
  • One pot.  The entire peanut butter soup cooks in one pot, which means cleanup is a breeze!
  • Healthy.  It’s chock full of lean protein and nutritious veggies.
  • Versatile.  This recipe is open to so many variations based on your preferences, availability of ingredients and time. Customize the veggies, the protein, make it vegan, vegetarian, spicy or mild, thick or brothy; make it perfect for YOU!

WHAT IS AFRICAN PEANUT STEW?

Essentially, African Peanut Stew is a chicken, veggie stew with a spicy, tomato peanut broth that’s thick, rich and full of fragrant spices.

This African Peanut Stew recipe, also known as peanut soup, peanut butter soup or West African peanut stew, is inspired by the peanut stews popular in west African countries such as Mali (where it originated), Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and Gambia, to name a few.  In Africa, it is known as groundnut stew, granat soup, maafe, or domoda depending on the region and ingredients. 

These classic groundnut stew recipes vary from country to country, household to household, but they usually all include:  

  • Ground peanuts
  • Meat, typically chicken
  • Tomatoes
  • Chili peppers
  • Fragrant spices

What’s in peanut soup?

You’ll find a variety of vegetables in peanut butter soup, depending on the region, but most versions include 1) some sort of root vegetable, sweet potatoes being the most common and 2) leafy greens, collard greens being the most common. African Peanut Stew can also include peppers, carrots, corn, okra, and cabbage.  This recipe sticks to authentic sweet potatoes, bell peppers and collard greens with the addition of cauliflower for its fab texture.

Some versions of peanut soup are soupier and served plain while others are thick stews, served over grains such as rice, millet or couscous, much like a curry.  In Ghana they eat it with fufu, which is dough made from boiled cassava.  This recipe falls somewhat in between but you can decide to make it soupier if you like by adding additional broth or thicker by adding additional peanut butter.

West African Peanut Stew is typically spicy, topped with scotch bonnet peppers (a West African pepper), which are fiery hot! Scotch bonnet peppers are not for the faint of heart – they are about 40 times hotter than jalapeños.  For this recipe, you decide how hot you want to make the soup. I’ve substituted the bonnet peppers with harissa paste, a common chili paste in Africa, or you can use cayenne pepper, chopped jalapenos, serrano or habanero peppers.  No matter what you choose, please don’t skip the heat, it pairs beautifully with the sweet potatoes!

WHAT CHICKEN IS BEST?

I highly recommend chicken thighs (boneless or bone-in) for the best African Peanut Stew. Chicken thighs are dark meat which means they are inherently juicier, richer tasting and produce far more tender chicken than chicken breasts.  They are also harder to overcook and stay tender for days with a more palate pleasing texture, even when reheated for leftovers.

In addition, chicken thighs are browned first which adds an important layer of flavor to soup as all those golden, flavorful bits become part of the broth.

CAN I USE CHICKEN BREASTS?

Absolutely!  You can still use chicken breasts in peanut butter soup, it’s just a matter of personal preference.  Please note that because chicken breasts are leaner than chicken thighs, they will not be as juicy or as flavorful.  If using chicken breasts, I suggest bone-in chicken breasts but boneless will also work. And make sure not to overcook!

African Peanut Stew in a soup pot with chicken

african peanut soup ingredients

This African Peanut Soup has quite a few ingredients but they are easy to find and mostly just tossed into the pot – so please don’t be intimidated by the long list!  This recipe is also extremely forgiving so feel free to swap in your favorite veggies.  I’ve included recipe variations below.  Here’s everything you’ll need:

THE SOUP

  • Peanut butter:  the peanut in African PEANUT Stew!  It adds a nutty earthiness and creaminess that marries all the ingredients together. You can use smooth OR crunchy peanut butter, both will be tasty.
  • Chicken: I prefer using boneless skinless chicken thighs per above section or rotisserie chicken.
  • Chicken broth: use low sodium broth so we can control the salt and make room for adding chicken bouillon, the secret flavor weapon.
  • Chicken bouillon: is a secret ingredient that adds a rich depth of flavor that makes the peanut soup taste like it’s been simmering for hours.  You can use granulated chicken bouillonchicken bouillon cubes or better than bouillon.   If using cubes, crush and add directly to the soup, don’t dissolve in water first.
  • Fire roasted diced tomatoes: are tomatoes that have been roasted which gives them a complex smokiness and removes the acidic bite. Fire roasted tomatoes are located next to the traditional diced tomatoes – just make sure you purchase the ones without any added seasonings. You can use plain diced tomatoes if you can’t locate fire roasted.
  • Kidney beans:  rinsed and drained.
  • Olive oil: use quality extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor.

THE AROMATICS AND SEASONINGS

  • Onion:  one medium yellow onion or lazy day 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder.
  • Garlic:  use more or less garlic depending on how garlicky you want the stew.  Fresh is best but you may also substitute with 1 to 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder if you’re in a bind.
  • Ginger:  1 tablespoon freshly grated or you may substitute with 1 teaspoon ground ginger if you’re out.  I like to freeze ginger so it’s always at my fingertips.  To freeze ginger: grate it, spread it by the teaspoon or tablespoon on parchment paper and flash freeze until solid, about 1 hour.  Transfer to an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 6 months.   You can add frozen ginger directly to your peanut soup.
  • Ground cumin: is warm, earthy, nutty, with a hint of both sweet and bitter and edge of citrus and pairs beautifully with the nutty African Peanut Soup.
  • Smoked paprika: rich, mild, sweet, and smoky made from smoked pimento peppers dried over oak fires then crushed.  It is not spicy, just flavorful. Please do NOT substitute smoked paprika with regular paprika – the smokiness is everything. You can find smoked paprika with the rest of the spices at your grocery store.  I use it in ALL my Mexican recipes and Cajun recipes so I promise your purchase will not go to waste.
  • Ground coriander: earthy, tart, and sweet with a citrus note.  It comes from the seeds of the cilantro plant but its flavor is surprisingly different than cilantro leaves. 
  • Turmeric: earthy, slightly bitter and peppery.  Just a little adds a complex dimension that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg:  just a dash of these warm spices amps up the exotic flavor.  

THE VEGETABLES

  • Red bell pepper:  red is the sweetest of the bell peppers and compliments the earthy seasonings.
  • Sweet potatoes: sweet potatoes are a constant in African Peanut Stew and I consider them key in this dish.  They help balance the earthy spices and heat.  You’ll need about 1 pound which is roughly 2 medium sweet potatoes or one large;  the weight doesn’t have to be exact.  Chop the potatoes into about ½-inch pieces so they don’t take too long to cook.
  • Collard greens:  have long been a staple of African diets.  Collard greens are originally from Greece then came to Africa by way of Morocco, and much later to the United States. If you aren’t familiar with collard greens, they are slightly bitter, but not quite as bitter as kale. When cooked, like in this peanut soup, the bitterness mellows and brings out a subtle earthiness. To prep the greens, cut along each side of the stem with a sharp knife to remove it. Next, stack the leaves and cut them into 1/2-inch wide strips.   Transfer the leaves to a colander and thoroughly rinse.
  • Cauliflower: is not a traditional ingredient but I’m a huge fan of the texture it brings to the stew. 

THE HEAT

  • Harissa or cayenne pepper:  the African Peanut Stew is spiced up with harissa or you may substitute cayenne pepper.  Harissa is a chili sauce made of red chiles, garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and spices such as cumincoriander and caraway seeds. This is the exact one I used for this recipe (from Amazon).  I also use it in my amazing harissa chicken so it will not go to waste! There are quite a few harissa options to choose from on Amazon, but the most authentic versions will not only contain chili peppers, garlic and olive oil but should also contain spices (cumin, caraway, cardamom) and hopefully lemon juice, so make sure to check the label.
showing how to serve African Peanut Stew by topping with rice, cilantro, peanuts and lime juice

IS African peant stew gluten FREE?

Yes!  If you stick to the ingredients in this recipe, then your peanut butter soup is gluten free.

HOW SPICY IS this african peanut soup?

African Peanut Soup is supposed to be on the spicy side, so you’ll want to add a little heat no matter how adverse to spice you are.  The heat cuts through the richness of the stew and really makes the other flavors pop.  That being said, this peanut soup can be as mild or as spicy as you’d like based how much harissa or cayenne pepper you add. 

Two teaspoons of the harissa brand I use is medium spicy but this can vary depending on the harissa and personal preference. If using cayenne, start with ½ teaspoon and add more to taste.

HOW TO MAKE african peanut stew

This African Peanut Stew is easy to make in one pot in less than 60 minutes despite the long list of ingredients -and it is SO worth it!  Here is how to make it with step-by-step photos (full measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post): 

  • Step 1:  Sear chicken.  Searing the chicken with salt and pepper creates richer, deeper flavor and seals in the juices.  Sear the chicken until golden, about 2 minutes per side in a large Dutch oven.  Remove the chicken to plate or cutting board to shred; we’ll add it back in later.  Now we have the glorious golden chicken bits AKA flavor gold which will build the base of the soup.  But we’re just getting started…
  • Step 2:  Sauté the aromatics.  Next, sauté the onions and bell pepper until the onions are softened.  Caramelizing the onions and peppers sweetens and maximizes the flavor for the base. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, paprika, coriander, turmeric, nutmeg and cinnamon and sauté for 1 minute.   Sautéing the spices in oil is called “blooming the spices” which releases and amplifies their flavor.
a collage showing how to make African Peanut Stew by sautéing onions, garlic, ginger, and spices together
  • Step 3:  Add the soup ingredients and simmer.  Add the chicken back to the pot along with sweet potatoes, tomatoes, chicken broth, bouillon, beans add bay leaf. Cover the soup to bring to a simmer, then displace the lid so it’s partially covering the pot, with about a one-inch opening. Simmer the soup for 12-15 minutes or until chicken is tender enough to shred.
showing how to make African Peanut Stew by adding tomatoes, sweet potatoes and beans to the soup pot
  • Step 4:  Shred the chicken.  Once the chicken is tender, remove it to a cutting board and shred with two forks.  Meanwhile continue to simmer the soup IF the potatoes aren’t tender yet. We want them barely tender because they will continue to simmer another 5 minutes when we add the rest of the ingredients. 
showing how to make African Peanut Stew by shredding chicken
  • Step 5:  Add peanut butter and remaining soup ingredients.  Stir in the peanut butter and harissa or cayenne pepper to taste.  Add the shredded chicken, collard greens and cauliflower and cook another 3-5 minutes, until the leaves are tender.
a collage showing how to make African Peanut Stew by adding peanut butter and harissa to the soup, followed by collard greens
  • Step 6: Serve!  Serve in bowls with cooked rice, cilantro, crushed peanuts and lime juice.
showing how to make African Peanut Stew by simmering collard greens until tender

HOW TO SERVE african peanut soup

Just like pozole is known for its toppings, so is African Peanut Stew.  Make the flavors come alive with:

  • Peanuts:  add that coveted nutty crunch.
  • Lime juice:  awakens the flavors of the entire stew and cuts through the richness.
  • Cilantro:  adds a fresh, zesty flair. 

what sides to SERVE WITH african peanut stew?

  • Grains: just belongs with the peanut soup.  It adds a neutral textural pleasing component much like pairing curry with rice. My carb of choice is brown rice which is added directly to a bowl with the stew. White rice, (jasmine or basmati), quinoa, farro, lentils, etc. would also be tasty.
  • Bread: some type of flatbread such as naan would be delicious for mopping up every last drop of peanut sauce.
  • Salad: if you’d like to add a salad, beet salad, apple salad or fall salad are extra delish.  
  • Fruit:  I also suggest some sort of fruit to compliment the rich, nutty flavors of the stew. Go simple with mangos or pineapple or we especially love pina colada fruit saladfruit salad with honey lime vinaigrette or winter fruit salad. 

TIPS FOR MAKING peanut butter soup

This peanut butter soup recipe is pretty straightforward, but here are some helpful tips to make it the best every time:

  • Don’t skip the sear.  Searing the chicken results in the Maillard reaction, in which amino acids and reducing sugars produce browning, and as we know, color= flavor!  The delicious brown bits left in the bottom of the pan will season the entire stew as they permeate the broth.
  • Don’t burn drippings.  Sear the chicken until golden but make sure it’s not at too high of heat. You don’t want any black specks because this will make the chicken stew taste burnt.  If the chicken is browning too quickly, turn down the heat.
  • Don’t overcook the chicken.   Cook the chicken just until it easily shreds with two forks.  This may take more or less time depending on the size of the chicken, simmering strength, pot, etc.  If your chicken isn’t tender, cook on!
  • Measure your spices first. Combine the spices first before you start cooking so you can dump them into the pot all at once so the they cook evenly and so the garlic doesn’t burn.
  • Don’t overcook the sweet potatoes.  If you overcook the potatoes then they will turn to mush – still tasty, just mush. The potatoes can take more or less time to cook depending on their size and actual simmering temperature so make sure you check them once you remove the chicken and then periodically after that if needed.
  • Add the collard greens last. The greens should be tender but still bright and beautiful. They only need 3-5 minutes to cook.
  • Customize consistency.  This African Peanut Stew is on the thick and chunky side for a traditional soup. If you prefer it more brothy, simply add additional chicken broth. 
  • Don’t skimp the toppings! The peanut butters soup is rich and creamy and needs the brightness and textural contrast of the toppings.  Once you season to taste with salt, add harissa or cayenne pepper and top with lime juice, peanuts and cilantro, then all the flavors will really pop.

peanut soup substitutions and VARIATIONS

This African Peanut Stew is fabulous as written or feel free to mix it up with different vegetables, protein, etc. etc.

  • Swap peanut butter. If you have a peanut allergy, then sunflower seed butter is probably the best substitute.   You can also try cashew butter or almond butter but the flavor won’t be as good of a match.
  • Use rotisserie chicken.  Swap the chicken thighs for about 3 ½ cups shredded rotisserie chicken. Add the chicken to the soup when the recipe calls for adding the shredded chicken back to the pot.
  • Swap protein.  You can make African Peanut Soup with any protein!  You can use chuck roast, pork shoulder, ground beef or ground turkey.
  • Make it vegetarian. Omit the chicken and add extra vegetables in its place, extra beans, chickpeas, tofu or unripe jackfruit.  If using jackfruit, add it with the sweet potatoes then lightly shred at the end of cooking.
  • Make it vegan.  Same as above and omit the chicken bouillon and swap the chicken broth for vegan broth. Make sure to season with additional salt to taste.
  • Swap sweet potatoes.  Sweet potatoes or yams are traditionally found in authentic African Stew for a reason, their sweetness is sublime with the rich, spicy stew, so I don’t suggest swapping. If you must, then you can swap for Yukon gold potatoes, parsnips or turnips.
  • Swap beans.  Swap the kidney beans for cannellini beans for their satisfying creaminess.
  • Swap collard greens.  I love the taste of collard greens in this recipe but any hearty greens will work.  Use kale, mustard greens or Swiss chard. Personally, I don’t like spinach in this stew because it wilts too much.  
  • Swap vegetables. Add any of your favorite veggies such as butternut squash, green beans, carrots, corn, mushrooms, zucchini etc.  Shorter cooking vegetables such as zucchini should be added with the cauliflower.
  • Spice it up.  If you don’t have harissa on hand, you can use cayenne pepper, sriracha or your favorite chili paste instead.
  • Use spicy peppers. Instead of harissa, use jalapeno, serrano or Scotch Bonnet chili peppers. 
  • Make it creamier.  Add up to ½ cup extra peanut butter for a total of 1 cup to make it ultra rich and creamy.
showing how to serve African Peanut Soup (African Peanut Stew) by topping with cilantro and serving it in a bowl with rice

HOW MANY DAYS IS peanut butter soup GOOD FOR?

African Peanut Stew tastes even better the next day!  It will last up to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer. 

HOW TO FREEZE african peanut soup

This African Peanut Stew freezes and reheats well.  Here’s how:

  • Cool. Cool stew completely before freezing.
  • Package: Add peanut soup to a freezer safe container.  You can use sandwich size plastic bags for individual soup portions, quart size bags or freezer bags.  To easy fill these bags, place them in a container that you can wrap the top around the edge of – for example, place a sandwich size bag in a mug then cuff the edges around the mug.  This keeps the bag open and prevents it from collapsing when you are pouring in your stew.   Final packaging tip, make sure to let out any excess air before you seal.
  • Label. Make sure to label your bags so it the peanut butter soup doesn’t become a freezer mystery.  You also want to label so you can be sure to use stew within 3 months.
  • Freeze. Freeze the African Peanut Stew for up to 3 months.  Once the bag is solid you can lay it flat in a single layer so it’s stackable to save space.
  • Thaw/Reheat. The easiest way to thaw your stew is in the refrigerator overnight

HOW DO I REHEAT african peanut soup?

You can reheat this African Peanut Soup on the stove, in the microwave or crockpot:

  • Stove:  reheat large batches on the stove over medium low heat, stirring occasionally – about 5-8 minutes.
  • Microwave:  transfer individual servings to a microwave-safe dish, and microwave for 90 seconds, stir, then continue to microwave for 20-second intervals, as needed.

HOW TO PREP peanut soup AHEAD

This African Peanut Stew does require a few steps but the upside is you can prep different components ahead of time. 

  • Chicken:  can be trimmed or trimmed and seasoned and stored in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
  • Aromatics:  onions, garlic and ginger can be prepped and stored in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Veggies:  bell peppers, sweet potatoes, cauliflower and collard greens can be chopped and stored in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Spices:  can be measured and stored in a sealable plastic bag until ready to use.
  • Toppings:  can be prepped a day ahead of time and stored in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator. 
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African Peanut Stew

This African Peanut Stew is a comforting, creamy, satisfying, sweet-savory dream, rich with spices, chicken and veggies in a peanut-tomato broth.  It’s easy to make in one pot with whatever veggies you have on hand, including vegan and gluten free options  Tender bites of juicy, shredded chicken, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cauliflower and greens are cooked in a ginger, cumin, paprika infused broth finished off with creamy peanut butter.  Serve your bowls of peanut butter soup with rice, cilantro, chopped peanuts and lime for a hypnotic meal-in-a-bowl your taste buds will treasure.  Read on for plenty of tips, tricks, recipe variations and ingredient substitutions or use the “jump to recipe button.”  Then go make this seriously delicious African Peanut Stew.
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp EACH ground turmeric, ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp EACH cinnamon, ground nutmeg
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed (about 1 pound)
  • 1 14 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 7 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon granulated chicken bouillon, or 1 cube, crushed
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 bay leaf

ADD LATER

  • 1/2-1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 cups cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 bunch collard greens, stem removed, cut into ½-inch strips (see prep in notes)
  • 2-4 teaspoons harissa (may sub ½ tsp + cayenne pepper)

For serving

  • cooked rice
  • cilantro
  • chopped peanuts
  • fresh lime

Instructions

  • Lightly drizzle chicken thighs with some olive oil, then season with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven/soup pot. Sear the chicken until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Remove chicken to a plate but leave the drippings; set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil with the drippings over medium-high heat. Add the onions and bell pepper and sauté until the onions are softened, about 8 minutes
  • Add the garlic, ginger, and all seasonings (cumin, paprika, coriander, turmeric, nutmeg and cinnamon) and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken back to the pot along with sweet potatoes, tomatoes, broth, bouillon, beans add bay leaf.
  • Cover the soup to bring to a simmer, then displace the lid so it’s partially covering the pot, with about a one-inch opening. Simmer the soup for 12-15 minutes or until chicken is tender enough to shred.
  • Once chicken is tender, remove it to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Meanwhile continue to simmer the soup IF the potatoes aren’t tender yet. (We want them barely tender because they will continue to simmer with the shredded chicken).
  • Once the potatoes are just tender, stir in the peanut butter (more or less depending on how thick you want it) and harissa or cayenne pepper to taste.
  • Add the shredded chicken, collard greens and cauliflower and cook another 3-5 minutes, until the leaves are tender.
  • Season to taste with additional salt, pepper and harissa/cayenne pepper. I add about ½ teaspoon salt. Add additional broth if you’d like a less chunky stew.
  • Serve bowls of stew with cooked rice, cilantro, crushed peanuts and lime juice.

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Notes

cooking Tips and tricks

  • Prep ahead: see prep ahead tips in post.
  • Chicken breasts: you can still use chicken breasts but note that because chicken breasts are leaner than chicken thighs, they will not be as juicy or as flavorful.  If using chicken breasts, I suggest bone-in chicken breasts but boneless will also work. And make sure not to overcook!
  • Rotisserie chicken:  swap the chicken thighs for about 3 ½ cups shredded rotisserie chicken. Add the chicken to the soup when the recipe calls for adding the shredded chicken back to the pot.
  • Chicken bouillon: you can use granulated chicken bouillonchicken bouillon cubes or better than bouillon.   If using cubes, crush and add directly to the soup, don’t dissolve in water first.
  • Fire roasted diced tomatoes: are tomatoes that have been roasted which gives them a complex smokiness and removes the acidic bite. Fire roasted tomatoes are located next to the traditional diced tomatoes – just make sure you purchase the ones without any added seasonings. You can use plain diced tomatoes if you can’t locate fire roasted.
  • Collard greens: To prep the greens, cut along each side of the stem with a sharp knife to remove it. Next, stack the leaves and cut them into 1/2-inch wide strips. Transfer the leaves to a colander and thoroughly rinse.  You can swap the collard greens for any hearty green such as kale, mustard greens or Swiss chard.
  • Swap vegetables. add any of your favorite veggies such as butternut squash, green beans, carrots, corn, mushrooms, zucchini etc.  Shorter cooking vegetables such as zucchini should be added with the cauliflower.
  • Harissa:  a chili sauce made of red chiles, garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and spices such as cumincoriander and caraway seeds. This is the exact one I used for this recipe (from Amazon). I also use it in my amazing harissa chicken so it will not go to waste!
  • Customize consistency: this stew is supposed to be on the thick and chunky side, more like a curry. If you prefer it more brothy, simply add additional chicken broth.
  • Make it vegetarian: omit the chicken and add extra vegetables in its place, extra beans, chickpeas, tofu or unripe jackfruit.  If using jackfruit, add it with the sweet potatoes then lightly shred at the end of cooking.
  • Make it vegan:  same as above and omit the chicken bouillon and swap the chicken broth for vegan broth. Make sure to season with additional salt to taste.

How to Store and Reheat

  • To store: African Peanut Stew tastes even better the next day!  It will last up to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer. 
  • To reheat on the stove: reheat large batches on the stove over medium low heat, stirring occasionally – about 5-8 minutes.
  • To reheat in the microwave: transfer individual servings to a microwave-safe dish, and microwave for 90 seconds, stir, then continue to microwave for 20-second intervals, as needed.

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4 Comments

  1. SaraM says

    Made this for dinner tonight. DELICIOUS!!
    Another keeper recipe!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Sara! I’m thrilled you loved this recipe so much!

  2. Stephanie says

    African Peanut Stew, something I haven’t thought about in 35 years! It’s amazing how food can be tied to memories. As a middle school teen in the 80’s in Southern California, I had an extraordinary teacher named Mrs Mulligan, an older woman with a real zest for life & had travelled the world. An annual tradition with students was an African Fest. We spent a few months learning history, tribes, traditions, dance, songs, making gourd instruments,, bead jewelry, etc. the grand finale was an event for parents to attend a performance and dine on…African Peanut Stew we had made. The students all thought the idea of a peanut butter soup was so weird but it tasted amazing. Thank you for this recipe, I’m going to make this soon, I think my own teenage kids need to experience African Peanut Soup at home! LOL

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for sharing your story about African Peanut Stew. Your teacher sounds inspirational and your African Fest sounds like such a rich cultural experience. We also had an African Fest at my school in San Diego (not as amazing as yours) and I still remember choreographing our group dance and practicing and practicing – it was so out of my comfort zone! I wish we had some African Peanut Stew to top it off ;)! I hope your family loves this recipe!

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