african chicken peanut soup.
I spend a lot of time cooking with a three and a half year old.
So you can imagine how over-the-moon I was when my friend had the brilliant idea that we cook a birthday dinner together to honor, well, us….we both have November birthdays.
I think cooking together is one of the best ways to connect, for me anyway. It’s the stirring, talking, chopping, can you hand me the olive oil, here’s what’s on my mind, sip a little wine kind of get together that you just can’t do at a Starbucks. It’s hands on, creating something together kind of connection that’s recreational, therapeutic and life giving.
So on this occasion we tried an African Peanut Soup among several other amazing dishes, and we all agreed the combination of flavors was unreal. I’ll admit…it wasn’t totally a hit with the kids. But I’m sure yours have a more refined palate than mine…
Top with cilantro and enjoy!
African Chicken Peanut Soup
(serves 6-8, adapted from Simply Recipes)
What You’ll Need:
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
3 tablespoons ginger, peeled and minced
6 garlic cloves, chopped roughly
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup roasted peanuts
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
salt and black pepper
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Pat the chicken thighs dry, salt and pepper and brown them in the oil (about 5 minutes per side). Set the chicken pieces aside once they are cooked. Then sauté the onions in the same pot for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté another 2 minutes. Finally add the sweet potatoes and stir to combine.
Add the chicken, chicken broth, tomatoes, peanut butter, peanuts, coriander and cayenne and stir to combine. Simmer and taste for salt, adding more if needed. Cover the pot and simmer gently for about 90 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender.
Remove the chicken pieces and shred, then add back to the soup.
Season as necessary, adding more salt, pepper or cayenne to taste.
Garnish with cilantro.
TOTAL: $11.80 or $1.48 per serving.
Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs? Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.
535 calories per serving
25 grams of fat
31 grams protein
Go on – give it a try! Then mosey on over to Facebook and let me know what you think!