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Pan of African Chicken Stew
African Chicken Stew
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

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!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: African
Keyword: African Chicken Stew, Cameroonian Chicken Stew, West African Chicken Stew
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 622 kcal
  • 10 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 inches ginger root peeled
  • 6 sprigs parsley
  • 4 sprigs basil
  • 1 stem celery
  • 5 pounds chicken (I used a whole chicken) about 2.5kg, see Note 1
  • 1 large onion (chopped and divided into 3)
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper divided
  • 3 teaspoons Maggi seasoning cubes (4g) substitute with three teaspoons chicken bouillon powder (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or any neutral tasting oil
  • 6 large Roma tomatoes or 8 medium ones (see Note 2)
  • 6 oz tomato paste (170g) substitute with double the quantity of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
Prepare the seasoning blend.
  1. Chopped the peeled ginger root and place it in a blender. Rinse and chop the basil, parsley, and celery and add them to the blender. Add the garlic cloves and ⅓ of the chopped onion to the blender. Add a little water to help the blender then blend everything into a smooth paste.

Prep The Chicken
  1. If using a whole chicken, rinse thoroughly then wipe with paper towels. Cut the chicken into desired pieces and place it in a pot.

  2. To the chicken, add the salt, 2 Maggi cubes or 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon powder, a quarter teaspoon of white pepper and half of the seasoning blend. Add enough water to be at the same level as the chicken. Use a wooden spoon to mix everything together so all the ingredients get evenly distributed.

  3. Set the chicken on high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat down to medium and let it simmer until chicken is fully cooked. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the hardness of the chicken.

  4. Using a slotted spoon remove the chicken from the stock and place on a baking sheet lined with a rack. Reserve the chicken stock.

  5. Set oven to high broil. Place the chicken in the oven to broil on one side for about 8 minutes. Then remove the chicken, flip to the other side and let it broil for about 5 minutes.

Make the stew.
  1. Rinse the tomatoes, cut them in chunks and place them in a blender with another ⅓ of the chopped onion. Blend into a paste (no need to add water before blending),

  2. Pour the one cup of oil into a large pot and let it heat up on high heat for about 3 minutes.

  3. Add the remaining onion to the oil and quickly stir. Let it saute for about 1-2 minutes.

  4. Add the tomato-onion blend to the oil and let it cook for about 10 minutes -20 minutes while you stir from time to time to prevent burning. Let it cook until the tomatoes significantly dehydrate and it's mostly just the tomatoes and oil left in the pot.

  5. Add the tomato paste to the pot and let it cook while stirring continuously until the tomatoes completely dehydrate and there is just tomato and oil in the pot.

  6. Add the remaining half of the green seasoning blend to the pot and stir so the flavors can bloom. Let it cook while you stir from time to time for 2-3 minutes.

  7. Add in the reserved chicken stock, the curry powder, the remaining Maggi cube or 1 more teaspoon of chicken bouillon powder. Also add half to one cup of water depending on your preferred level of thickness. Stir everything to combine. Add the broiled chicken to the pot and stir to combine. Let everything simmer for 5 minutes so the chicken can marry the flavors in the stew. Turn off the heat and your African Chicken Stew is done!

  8. Serve stew warm over hot fluffy rice with a side of sweet fried plantains if you like. Store stew in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or on the freezer for up to a month.

Recipe Notes

1. Most Africans cook with hard chicken - a chicken that is way tougher than the chicken commonly found in America. Hard chicken can be found in African or Asian stores. I have made this stew with regular American chicken as well and it turned out great! With the softer chicken you just have to cook it less and don't add any water when boiling the chicken.

2. Roma tomatoes are preferable to use in this recipe because they are sot as acidic as other kinds of tomato. Also, use those with a rich red color if you can find them. The riper the tomatoes, the less sour the stew.

3. For spicy hot stew add a habanero or scotch bonnet pepper when blending the tomatoes.