20 African Dinner Recipes To Try

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Looking for African dinner recipes to try? From soups to stews and one-pot meals, here are 20 insanely good African dinner recipes to make at home.

Here you’ll find recipes from West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, South Africa, and North Africa.

Have a taste of the African Continent by cooking your way through these dinner recipes.

Red tomato chicken stew

African Dinner Recipes For Everyone

No matter your taste or dietary preferences, you can find something you love in African cuisine. The African continent is made up of 54 countries and each country is blessed with a wide array of dishes.

There is something for everyone from vegetarian options, vegan recipes, to seafood recipes and meaty recipes.

Some of these African Dinner recipes are meals I grew up eating in my country of origin, Cameroon in Central Africa. Others are from all the other beautiful parts of the African continent.

You are guaranteed to find something you love with this assortment of African dishes.

Also making these is a great way to celebrate the different cultures of Africa!

African Peanut Butter Stew served with rice and plantains. An easy African Dinner recipe.

1. West African Peanut Stew

West African Peanut Stew also known as Mafe or Maafe is a creamy nutty stew that is tasty on its own and perfect with rice. It is a good first recipe to make when seeking to try out African dinner recipes.

You will love this recipe because it only takes about 30 minutes to make and it can be made with pantry staples you probably already have on hand.

The star ingredient here is natural peanut butter and it is accentuated with vegetables (a good way to clean up the fridge!) and beef or chicken.

For a vegan West African Peanut Stew, swap the beef or chicken for mushrooms. Still very good!

Bowl of African Peanut Stew

African Peanut Stew – Mafe

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Luscious glistening African Peanut Stew! Travel to West Africa by making this hearty stew. It will give new meaning to your boiled rice. It will make you cry happy tears. It is one recipe you will want to make over and over again. Enjoy!
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Pilau in a pot - Rice Pilaf is an East African Dinner Recipe

2. East African Pilau

Pilau is an extremely fragrant East African party rice. This rice is gracefully present at East African parties.

Serve Pilau with some Kachumbari, an easy Kenyan tomato, and, onion salad for the full East African Experience.

East African Pilau


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This is Pilau: a fragrant one-pot rice meal. The rice is cooked in a fragrant broth loaded with spices. The aroma is out of this world! Pilau is a popular Kenyan dish conspicuously present at Kenyan parties! It is also popular in other East African countries. Get your spices, some long grain rice and let’s make this East African delight!
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Poulet DG in a pot

3. Poulet DG (Chicken CEO)

The meaning Poulet DG, a French phrase is Chicken CEO in English. It is the king of chicken and plantain dishes.

The chicken is combined with sweet fried plantains and vibrant vegetables to create a meal that is fit for kings and queens.

I highly recommend you try this Central African dinner recipe.

Poulet DG, chicken and plantains Central African Dinner

Poulet DG

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Poulet DG (Directeur Général) is French for chicken CEO. That’s because the dish was mostly served to high-ranking officials in Cameroon. It is a one-pot dish that combines chicken and plantains in a flavourful tomato sauce. It is so flavourful and a total party in the mouth.
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Poulet Yassa or Chicken Yassa is a West African Dinner Recipe

4. Poulet Yassa or Chicken Yassa

Chicken Yassa transforms chicken thighs into a lovely chicken and onion dish.

This Poulet (Chicken) Yassa is a Senegalese dish that pairs so well with rice.

Senegalese Chicken Yassa

Poulet Yassa (Chicken Yassa)

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This Poulet Yassa also called Chicken Yassa is chicken cooked in caramelized onions – one of West Africa’s favorite dishes! Perfect with boiled rice for dinner. 
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Harira in a Bowl. North Africandinner recipe

5. Harira (Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup)

Harira is a hearty Moroccan lentil and chickpea Soup. It is also vegetarian and gluten-free!

So good with warm bread!

Moroccan Harira Soup Recipe (Vegetarian & GF)| The Mediterranean Dish

Moroccan Harira Soup Recipe (Vegetarian & GF)| The Mediterranean Dish

Easy Moroccan harira with lentils, chickpeas and loads of warm spices. Grab our recipe and expert tips for the best lentil and chickpea soup!
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Jollof Rice on a serving platter with cooked chicken thighs and drumsticks on top

6. Jollof Rice With Chicken

Jollof rice is the quintessential West African dinner recipe with different countries having varying versions.

One common thing about Jollof rice is that it is often rice cooked in tomato sauce. It can be made with beef, chicken, goat meat, shrimp, or even vegan.

This version with chicken is one of my children’s favorite meals. Who can resist a good chicken and rice recipe?

Jollof Rice on a serving platter with cooked chicken thighs and drumsticks on top

Jollof Rice With Chicken

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How to make really tasty Jollof Rice With Chicken. I love how this recipe makes a complete meal with rice, chicken and veggies!
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Senegalese dinner on serving platter: rice, fish and vegetables

7. Thieboudienne (Senegalese Rice and Fish Dish)

Thieboudienne, also known as tief of ceebu jen is a Senegalese traditional dish that contains fish, rice, tomato sauce and veggies cooked in one pot.

It is the perfect dish for pescatarians or seafood lovers.

Senegalese dinner on serving platter: rice, fish and vegetables


This Senegalese Rice and Fish Dish is a spectacular one-pot meal!
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Mozambican Peri Peri Chicken

8. Peri Peri Chicken

Peri Peri Chicken or Piri Piri Chicken is a spicy insanely good chicken dish that is common in the Southern African countries of Mozambique and Angola.

The chicken is marinated in a fiery Peri Peri Sauce and then grilled to perfection!

Peri Peri Chicken With Pepper Sauce

Peri Peri Chicken

This spicy Mozambican chicken dish pairs well with cooked rice, dinner rolls, and some salad.
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A  cast iron pot of South African Bobotie

9. Bobotie (South African Curried Meat With a Creamy Topping)

Bobotie, pronounced ba-boor-tea is a South African dinner recipe made up of curried meat topped with a creamy golden milk and egg mixture.

So hearty, so satisfying and highly addicting!


Bobotie – hearty and comforting South African dish made primarily of curried minced meat topped with milk and egg mixture and baked to perfection.
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Pan of African Chicken Stew

10. Chicken Tomato Stew

Tomato-based stews are common in West African countries and they can be made with chicken, beef or fish.

This chicken tomato stew is so hearty and a Christmas-time favorite.

Pan of African Chicken Stew

African Chicken Stew

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If you want a stew recipe that is loaded with flavor, hard to stop eating and pairs well with rice, pasta, crusty bread, plantains, potatoes, yams, etc, you're welcome! This African Chicken Stew is so flavorful and perfect for festive days or weekends. This tomato stew is about to become your new favorite stew!
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Bowl of Cape Malay Curry

11. Cape Malay Chicken Curry

Cape Malay Curry is one of the many lovely curry dishes of South Africa.

This dish contains sweet and savory flavors and can be served over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.

Cape Malay Chicken Curry

Try the taste of South African cuisine from your own kitchen with this savory spiced Cape Malay Chicken Curry. 
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South African Chakalaka

12. Chakalaka (South African Vegetable Relish – Vegan and Gluten Free)

This South African relish is a delicious way to fill up on vegetables!

Chakalaka is a mush have during South African barbeques and it can be served with so many sides!

Chakalaka in a pot


Try this South African relish and you'll be hooked!
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Chicken Tagine in a cast iron braiser

13. Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Moroccan Chicken Tagine is a chicken stew made with preserved lemon, olives and spices.

You can serve Chicken Tagine on a bed of couscous or rice.

Chicken Tagine in a cast iron braiser

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Chicken tagine is a traditional Moroccan dish of chicken pieces braised with spices, garlic, onion, olives, and preserved lemons. It’s company-worthy yet easy to throw together.
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Moroccan Couscous in dish - North African dinner

14. Moroccan Couscous With 7 Vegetables

Couscous is a grain that is commonly eaten in North Africa. It pairs so well with vegetables and protein.

This Moroccan Couscous with 7 Vegetables is a much-loved comfort food.

Moroccan Couscous

Moroccan Couscous With 7 Vegetables

An authentic recipe for Moroccan Couscous with Seven Vegetables, the ultimate comfort food to enjoy with family and friends.
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Shakshuka in a cast iron skillet

15. Shakshuka (Vegetarian)

Shakshuka is a North African and Middle Eastern dish consisting of eggs that are poached in a tomato-based sauce.

Get some crusty bread and dig in!

Shakshuka in a cast iron pan


Easy shakshuka made with eggs that are gently poached in a simmering mixture of tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and garlic. A few warm spices and some fresh herbs complete this satisfying one-skillet dish!
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Egyptian Fava Beans

16. Ful Medames (Egyptian Fava Beans) – Vegan

Ful Medames or Foul Mudammas is an Egyptian Stew made with fava beans, olive oil, garlic, cumin and fresh herbs.

Grab some warm pita bread and dig in!

Egyptian Fava Beans

Ful Medames

Foul Mudammas recipe, made with hearty, creamy fava beans and loaded with flavor from ground cumin, fresh herbs, and a zippy lemon garlic sauce with hot peppers! 
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Sukuma Wiki in a Dish

17. Sukuma Wiki (Kenyan Braised Collard Greens)

Sukuma Wiki is an East African dish made up of braised collard greens. It can be made highly spiced with protein or it can be made very basic with just a few ingredients.

Traditionally, it is served with ugali, a stiff type of maize flour porridge.

Sukuma Wiki | African Braised Collard Greens

Sukuma Wiki | African Braised Collard Greens

Sukuma Wiki – A perfect addition to a nice lunch or a cozy dinner. Delicious, quick, and healthy! It requires few ingredients, little effort, short cook time, and a delicious outcome!
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Moambe Chicken in a dish.

18. Congolese Moambe Chicken

Congolese Moambe Chicken also called Poulet Moambe is said to be the national dish of The Congos in Central Africa.

Similar versions of this dish are prepared in Gabon (poulet nyembwe) and Angola (moamba de galinha).

It is chicken cooked with peanut butter and spices. Serve over rice or any starchy or low carb side you like.

Moambe chicken (Poulet moambe)

Moambe chicken (Poulet moambe)

Moambe chicken (Poulet Moambe) is a savory and versatile Congolese chicken dish that has an exciting and unique taste!
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Egusi Soup and Garri (Eba)
Egusi Soup Served with Garri

19. Egusi Soup

The main ingredient in Nigerian Egusi Soup is egusi (white pumpkin seeds). This soup is nutty, spicy and filled with exotic flavors and umami.

I learned how to make egusi soup years ago when I lived in Nigeria. Since then it has been a staple in my home.

Enjoy Egusi Soup with fufu or garri for an exciting West African food experience.

Egusi Soup recipe - Africa

Egusi Soup – Nigerian Egusi Soup

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Egusi soup made the Nigerian way with red palm oil and different kinds of meats. Enjoy with pounded yam, garri or other kinds of fufu.
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water fufu on a plate

20. Fufu

Fufu is a staple in West and Central African countries. It is a starchy side dish with mostly a dough-like consistency and it is served with a variety of soups and stews.

Different kinds of fufu include pounded yam, cassava fufu, plantain and cassava fufu, and, corn fufu.

Some soups that go well with fufu are okra soup and egusi soup.

cassava fufu recipe

How to Make Water Fufu from Scratch – Cassava Fufu

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Fufu is a staple in a good number of African countries. This version is made by fermenting cassava (yuca roots) then blending and cooking. It can be enjoyed with any soup of choice.
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Red tomato chicken stew

20 African Dinner Recipes To Try

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Looking for African dinner recipes to try? From soups to stews and one-pot meals, here are 20 insanely good African dinner recipes to make at home.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • West African Peanut Stew
  • East African Pilau
  • Poulet DG
  • Poulet Yassa or Chicken Yassa
  • Harira
  • Jollof Rice With Chicken
  • Thieboudienne
  • Peri Peri Chicken
  • Bobotie
  • Chicken Tomato Stew
  • Cape Malay Curry
  • Chakalaka
  • Moroccan Chicken Tagine
  • Moroccan Couscous With 7 Vegetables
  • Shakshuka
  • Ful Medames
  • Sukuma Wiki
  • Moambe Chicken
  • Egusi Soup
  • Fufu


  • Choose your favorite recipe.
  • Gather all the required ingredients.
  • Cook and enjoy your African dinner.


Calories: 401kcal

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Course: Recipes
Cuisine: African
Calories: 401
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  1. very exciting and good recipes, I’m going to try to make two this weekend and let you know how they turned out. Wish me luck

  2. Hello I so enjoy watching your cooking channel I enjoy the way you do the sauce for the chicken, but mine always comes out tasting of the tomato puree.

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! For the chicken sauce, you have to cook the tomatoes down for a while. Also, the spices and herbs yield so much flavor to the sauce so it doesn’t taste like tomato puree. Hope this helps.