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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2014




Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon coriander and 1/2 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.

  • 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 1/4 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.

  • 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 1/2-cup serving.

Nutrition Facts

615 calories; protein 35.1g 70% DV; carbohydrates 66.2g 21% DV; exchange other carbs 4.5; dietary fiber 13.4g 54% DV; sugars 11.7g; fat 24.3g 37% DV; saturated fat 4.6g 23% DV; cholesterol 75.5mg 25% DV; vitamin a iu 14507.6IU 290% DV; vitamin c 44.8mg 75% DV; folate 36.5mcg 9% DV; calcium 141.7mg 14% DV; iron 4.7mg 26% DV; magnesium 63.2mg 23% DV; potassium 954.3mg 27% DV; sodium 457.5mg 18% DV; thiamin 1.3mg 129% DV.

Reviews (11)

Read More Reviews
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
This is super yummy and unexpected! And it s great to have that many nutritious ingredients in one meal! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My husband loves this. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Please stop naming recipes this way. Africa is a Continent not a country. Please name it after to COUNTRY it came from. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
DELICIOUS! Made this for a potluck and everyone LOVED it!! Skipped the couscous doubled the recipe starting with 2 large sweet potatoes used a whole roasted chicken (can buy those at the grocery store here) and chopped the legs and breast meat into little pieces (without the skin). Used more coriander on everything (about 6-8tsp) and used the dried chile peppers (1tbsp) and it was only mildly spicy (perfect for me). I also added a cup of chickpeas and about 1/2 cup of crushed peanuts during the last 5-10 mins of cooking. I didn't leave anything else out of the recipe and it was absolutely delicious even better the next day. I will definitely be making this again!! Pros: Quick easy yummy ingredients are easily accessible Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Yummy! I used a box of lentil pilaf with this instead of couscous. Didn't use the accompanying spice pack; did stir in the lime juice. The stew is delicious. Will definitely make again. Forgot the red pepper still delicious. Pros: Healthy ingredients Read More