African Sweet Potato & Chicken Stew

African Sweet Potato & Chicken Stew

11 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2014

In this African peanut and chicken stew recipe, nutrient-rich sweet potatoes and no-salt-added tomatoes keep this creamy stew healthy. To complete the bowl, the flavorful chicken stew is served over whole-wheat couscous seasoned with lime juice and chopped fresh cilantro.

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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound), peeled and cubed ( ½-inch)
  • 1 28-ounce can no-salt-added whole tomatoes (see Tip), chopped (juice reserved)
  • ¼ cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro


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  1. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon coriander and ½ teaspoon salt. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion and ginger to the pan and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sweet potato, tomatoes and their juice, peanut butter, 1 tablespoon lime juice, cayenne (or crushed red pepper) and the remaining 1 teaspoon coriander and ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potato is tender, 14 to 16 minutes. Return the chicken and any accumulated juice to the pan and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes more.
  3. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in couscous and the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice. Cover, remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork; stir in cilantro. Serve the stew over the couscous.
  • Tip: Sodium amounts vary widely among brands of whole tomatoes. And although it can be hard to find any labeled “no-salt-added,” for the best tomato flavor we use brands that have little or no added sodium. Compare nutrition labels and choose one that has 190 mg sodium or less per ½-cup serving.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¾ cups stew & 1 cup couscous
  • Per serving: 615 calories; 24 g fat(5 g sat); 13 g fiber; 66 g carbohydrates; 35 g protein; 37 mcg folate; 76 mg cholesterol; 12 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 14,508 IU vitamin A; 45 mg vitamin C; 142 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 457 mg sodium; 954 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (290% daily value), Vitamin C (75% dv), Iron (28% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3½ starch, 2½ vegetable, 3 lean meat, ½ high-fat meat, 2 fat

Reviews 11

August 29, 2018
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By: Shayna
This is super yummy and unexpected! And it’s great to have that many nutritious ingredients in one meal!
March 23, 2018
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By: Erin V. Russ
Fantastic recipe. I don't really like cooking, so I needed something easy but healthy. I used precooked frozen chicken to make things a bit easier and put it over rice. Time consuming but easy prep.
May 26, 2017
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By: Kim Hurt
My husband loves this.
April 20, 2017
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By: Betsy
Very good, but could be even better with more spices and peanut butter. I added some frozen cut okra, which was very good and made it more of a one-dish meal. I wish I had added more peppers and chopped peanuts.The fresh cilantro added a lot.
October 24, 2016
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By: kate.sullivan
This was really easy, and really tasty-- the cilantro-rice couscous (or rice, or other grain) was crucial. I think next time I might even add chopped peanuts. Definitely doesn't need the chicken, and I think the sweeter the sweet potatoes, the better. I might up the peanut butter and spices next time.
September 22, 2016
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By: DeAngelo Durham
Please stop naming recipes this way. Africa is a Continent, not a country. Please name it after to COUNTRY it came from.
September 11, 2014
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By: Ann Marie Natal
Amazing! This is such an amazing recipe with a unique combination of mouthwatering flavors. The peanut butter tied together well with the lime, cayenne, coriander, tomato, and cilantro flavors perfectly! The chicken and sweet potato blend made this stew satisfyingly hearty. This is an extraordinary recipe and is definitely a keeper. 5 stars!!! Pros: Awesome flavors... Cons: None
September 08, 2014
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By: Clover
Unique flavors! This was easy to make, and everyone raved about how great it was. I split the recipe and added chicken to one portion. We have a vegetarian friend who I made the meatless portion for. I added chickpeas to the meatless portion. I also added some sauteed kale for some added color. The basic recipe is wonderful as is though. I am making a double recipe to freeze! Its that good. Pros: Easy and impressive
April 11, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Great stew Quick and easy to prepare stew that tastes fantastic, would use diced tomatoes next time, not much else to say. Pros: Very easy to prepare Cons: None
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