West African Peanut Stew
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Recipe courtesy of Kardea Brown

West African Peanut Stew

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
One-pot meals are staples in Gullah-Geechie households, and this dish is a special one to me. West African enslaved people were brought to the Low Country, and with them they brought their indigenous foods like collards, tomatoes, peanuts and rice. This stew has all of those ingredients, and it's delicious served on its own or over rice.



  1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven until hot. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and cook until browned on all sides, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and bouillon cubes to the pot and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste and peanut butter. Add 4 cups of water and the Scotch bonnet pepper. Return the chicken to the pot. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and let simmer 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes, tomatoes and collard greens. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, about 25 minutes. (Remove the Scotch bonnet pepper if someone has a low tolerance for heat.)
  4. Serve warm with hot cooked rice, if using.