African Sweet Potato & Chicken Stew


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.

Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander, divided

  • 3/4 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 (1/2-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 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous

  • 1 cup chopped cilantro


  1. 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.

  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 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.

  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 1/2-cup serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

615 Calories
24g Fat
66g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 3/4 cups stew & 1 cup couscous
Calories 615
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 13g 48%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 35g 70%
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Vitamin A 14508IU 290%
Vitamin C 45mg 50%
Folate 37mcg 9%
Sodium 458mg 20%
Calcium 142mg 11%
Iron 5mg 26%
Magnesium 63mg 15%
Potassium 954mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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