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African-Inspired Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe

In Central African cooking, groundnuts (peanuts) are often used in soups and stews. The peanuts are ground into peanut butter and incorporated into the sauce for flavor and thickening.

Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 15-20 minutes | Serves: 6

African-Inspired Peanut Butter Chicken


  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 6 ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Remove skin and debone chicken. Tear chicken into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. Heat peanut oil in large skillet. Add onion and saute until onions become translucent. Add garlic, tomato paste, peanut butter, water, and seasonings. Reduce heat to low and bring sauce to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add chicken pieces to sauce. Add a bit more water if sauce is too thick. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings to taste.
  4. Serve African-Inspired Peanut Butter Chicken with corn fufu and fried plantains.

For a variation on the African-Inspired Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe, add one or two cups of additional water or some chicken stock to thin the sauce to desired consistency.

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