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Slow Cooker African Peanut Stew

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African Peanut stew is a delicious and flavorful chicken recipe the whole family will love. Chicken thighs are cooked in the slow cooker with a tomato and peanut butter based sauce and plenty of warm spices until they are fragrant and fall apart tender. Serve with rice.

This easy slow cooker meal has tender shredded chicken cooked in flavorful but mild peanut butter sauce.
two bowls of peanut stew with chicken and rice topped with parsley
two bowls of peanut stew with chicken and rice topped with parsley

African peanut stew is a recipe that comes from West Africa. Traditionally it is quite spicy (but oh so delicious), but I reduced the heat factor in this recipe to make it more enjoyable for my kids to eat.

This is such a fantastic meal! If you like this, be sure to check out our other kid friendly African recipes, including my absolute favorite meal ever, Bobotie! My kids also really like Beef Pilau, which is such a comforting meal all year long.

bowl with african chicken peanut stew and rice with fork on side of bowl

This recipe is perfect for when you need an easy slow cooker meal. Chop an onion, add the chicken, make a sauce,and cook! Add in some rice and you have an easy meal with lovely flavors that is ready with almost no work at all!

ingredients for peanut chicken stew on marble with text overlays

How to make African peanut stew in the slow cooker

This recipe is very simple to make! Here is a brief overview of the recipe to give you an idea of how it works. For the full set of directions and measurements, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below!

  1. Scrub the limes really well to make sure they are nice and clean.
  2. Cut the limes into pieces to make it easier for the blender.
  3. Combine half the lime pieces, half the sugar, and half the water in the blender and pulse for 10 seconds until the limes are well broken down, then strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  4. Repeat with the remaining limes, sugar, and water.
  5. Pour the lemonade into a pitcher and then stir in the sweetened condensed milk until well combined.
  6. Serve over ice and enjoy!

Storage Informaton

This limeade will store well

  1. In the bottom of the slow cooker, add the oil and chopped onion.
  2. Place the boneless skinless chicken thighs on top of the onions.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together the crushed tomatoes, peanut butter, garlic, ginger, paprika and pepper.
  4. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  5. Place the lid on the slow cooker and turn it on to low heat.
  6. Cook for 7 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  7. When done, shred the chicken with a fork. 
  8. Serve with cooked rice, and garnish with roasted peanuts and chopped parsley.

Timing of this recipe

This recipe does not take a lot of prep work at all. It will take you about:

  • 10-15 minutes to put everything into the slow cooker in the morning
  • 7 hours on low to cook (or 4 hours on high)
  • Just a few minutes to shred the chicken

Note: I did not add rice to this timing because you can cook it while the chicken finishes cooking, or you can use microwave ready rice that is ready in 90 seconds.

Prepping ahead of time

This recipe is fairly quick to throw together, but if you need it to be faster, here are some ways you can make this meal even quicker:

  • Use pre-chopped fresh or frozen onion.
  • Mix the sauce the night before and store it in the fridge until ready to use. 
  • Use microwave ready rice.

How to serve this to your family

Serve this chicken stew with rice. We added dry roasted peanuts and chopped parsley to ours, and these are fun additions that kids can sprinkle onto their own plates as they see fit. 

overhead view of plate with african peanut stew and white rice, both sprinkled with roasted peanuts and chopped parsley

How to make this kid friendly 

This meal has tender chicken with a mild flavored sauce and fun toppings, which makes it a great meal to serve to kids. If your kids need some extra encouragement to taste it, try adding in some of the following dinner conversations and inviting the kids into the kitchen to help you cook.

Dinner conversations with kids

How we talk about food plays an important role in how willing our kids are to try something new. Try these conversation starters to encourage your children to be more open minded about this meal.

  • This chicken stew has peanut butter in it! Can you taste it? What other meals have we had that include peanut butter?
  • What else could we serve this meal with besides plain rice? What do you think we could pair it with that would be good?
  • This recipe is from West Africa – can you think of any other recipes we have tried from Africa?

Read more about how to explore the sense of taste with your kids.

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two bowls of peanut stew with chicken and rice topped with parsley

Slow Cooker African Peanut Stew

This easy slow cooker meal has tender shredded chicken cooked in flavorful but mild peanut butter sauce.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Crock Pot Recipes
Cuisine: African
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 546kcal
Author: Jenni

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 15 ounce crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  • In the bottom of the slow cooker, add the oil and chopped onion.
  • Place the boneless skinless chicken thighs on top of the onions.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together the crushed tomatoes, peanut butter, garlic, ginger, paprika and pepper.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and turn it on to low heat.
  • Cook for 7 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  • When done, shred the chicken with a fork.
  • Serve with cooked rice, and garnish with roasted peanuts and chopped parsley.

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an air tight container with a lid in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 1135mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 784IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 4mg
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