This stew can be made with your choice of meat. I prefer what my community and I call African chicken or hard chicken, also known as stewing hen (a retired egg layer). The chicken or any other meat must be cooked before adding to the stew. On a stovetop, stewing hen cooks longer (1 1/2 hours) than regular chicken because of its toughness. I save time by cooking this type of hen in my Instant Pot® with 2 cups water and a good pinch of salt for about 25 minutes under high pressure. Natural release. Many of the ingredients can be found at international or African grocery stores and online. Red palm oil is made from the fruit of the African oil palm (both the seeds and the flesh). It is less refined than bleached palm oil. If you cannot find red palm oil, you can use vegetable oil or canola oil.