West African Peanut Stew



We tend to think of peanut butter as a classic American snack food, but it’s not just a snack; it’s an international staple!

Peanut butter is a great source of plant-based protein, unsaturated fat and complex carbohydrate fiber, which makes it a great a snack and fantastic base for a meal to nourish a family. 

Ground peanuts were in the diets of the ancient Incas of Peru and peanut butter is popular throughout the globe today from West Africa, to Thailand. It’s an inexpensive superfood that helps to eliminate childhood malnutrition all over the world and it’s going to be a valuable tool in the Foodbank’s mission to end hunger in Santa Barbara county. 

Try this recipe to experience the versatility of PB for yourself!

Either of these can be substituted with an alternative nut butter.

Adapted from: https://www.africanbites.com/african-peanut-stew/


Skill Level: Experienced

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 35 min

Serves: 5 – 6



  • 1/2 cup PEANUT BUTTER
  • 1/4 cup OIL
  • 4 – 5 CHICKEN THIGHS or vegetarian alternative
  • 2 fresh TOMATOES
  • 1 medium ONION chopped
  • 1 tsp PAPRIKA
  • 4 cloves of GARLIC
  • 1/2 tsp chopped GINGER
  • 3 tbs PARSLEY
  • 1/2 tsp CAYENNE PEPPER
  • SALT & PEPPER to taste


  1. SEASON your protein of choice ahead of time
  2. BLEND tomatoes, garlIc, parsley, paprika & ginger with half the onion
  3. HEAT oil over medium heat in a large pot or saucepan
  4. ADD chicken, let it brown on both sides (5-10 min) then set it aside
  5. ADD rest of the onions to saucepan
  6. STIR for 2 min then add the tomato & spice blend
  7. SIMMER & stir for 5 min
  8. ADD the peanut butter, chicken & 2 cups of water
  9. SIMMER for 10 min
  10. ADJUST to desired thickness with water

Happy? SERVE it with rice, potatoes or veggies!