Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cameroon - Chicken and Peanut Stew

All the recipes I found for Cameroon looked good but I picked this one because I've never eaten any savoury peanut food.

Ingredients:

* 2 chicken breasts
* 1 onion
* 1 carrot
* 1 yam
* 2 garlic cloves
* stick of celery
* 1/2 tsp cumin
* 1/2 tsp curry powder
* 1/2 tsp crushed chili flakes
* 1/4 tsp cinnamon
* 2 cups of chicken stock
* 2 tbls tomato puree
* 1/2 cup peanut butter
* 3 tbls lemon juice
* chopped coriander to garnish

Chop the yam and onion and cook in the oil for a few minutes until softened.



Add the chicken and cook for another couple of minutes.



Add the tomato puree, chili flakes and other spices and stir in well.



Add the carrot and celery and cook until they're coated with the sauce and starting to go soft.



Next, add the stock. Stir it well and bring to the boil. Now, cover and leave it to simmer for 45 minutes.

It will have thickened nicely after that. Add the peanut butter and lemon juice and stir them in well.



Apparently it's usually served with rice. I ate mine as it was in a bowl sprinkled with chopped coriander.



Wow! It was really flavourful. It was hot and spicy but creamy at the same time. It'd be good with some nice flat bread to dip in it as there was a lot of oil from the peanut butter in the dish. When the peanut butter and lemon juice are added it transforms the sauce, making it much thicker so it coats the chicken perfectly. I'd definitely make this again.

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