Chicken and Vegetable Stew in Peanut Butter Tomato Sauce

Menu Part: 
Cuisine Type: 

In Africa, peanuts are often called groundnuts, and many variations of this "chicken-groundnut stew" are found throughout the country. Homemade peanut butter is often used in central African cooking.


1⁄4 cup peanut or vegetable oil
3 lb. chicken, cut in eighths
1 large onion, chopped
1⁄4 cup tomato paste
1 tsp. salt
1 large tomato, chopped
1 large potato, diced
1 small cabbage, cut in
1⁄2-in. pieces (or 6 Brussel sprouts)
1⁄2 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into
1⁄2-in. pieces
3 tbsp. Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
1⁄2 cup peanut butter or tigadege (roasted peanut paste)
1 scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
Cooked white rice


1. In a large pot, heat oil and brown chicken on all sides. Remove and set aside.

2. In same pot, sauté onions until soft and slightly brown. Add tomato paste and salt; stir well.

3. Add all of the prepared vegetables and fish sauce to the pot. Return the chicken to the pot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to med., and simmer about 30 min. Check on vegetables, removing them into a bowl as they are cooked; set aside.

4. Gradually add peanut butter to pot and stir to dissolve well. Add the scotch bonnet pepper and simmer until broth thickens, about 20-30 min.

5. Return all of the vegetables to the pot and simmer for 5 min. more. Serve over rice.

More From FoodService Director

Managing Your Business
studient orientation

When an alma mater and an employer are one in the same, it can be a win-win for both the employee and the school. Here’s how two students’ experiences with campus dining—one positive and the other negative—led them on a path to their current jobs.

A Feast to Remember

NC State University’s main campus in Raleigh, N.C. was built on farmland given to the state by Richard Stanhope Pullen; every spring, students gather to celebrate those agricultural roots through Farm Feast, an outdoor celebration with food and music. Design major Christin King remembers her first Farm Feast vividly: “...

Ideas and Innovation
nutrition facts label

Despite operators’ attempts to communicate nutrition information to guests via cards and labels on the food line, many guests still feel they have no clue what’s in their food. University of Illinois food economist Brenna Ellison shares a few guesses as to why consumers ignore these signs following a recent study on their placement in dining halls.

Q: Who is most likely to read the cards?

A: Students who were already exhibiting more healthy behaviors. So those were the students who track their intake using an app or a food diary. After the first week, we found the rates of people...

People in Foodservice
lucretia chancler

Lucretia Chancler’s roots lie in Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish. She grew up in the parish, and her mother taught in the school district for 33 years—even occasionally teaching young Lucretia. Advanced degrees and a post-grad job took her to Colorado, Georgia and other places, but St. Landry soon called Chancler back home.

In October 2009, Chancler returned to Louisiana to become St. Landry’s supervisor of child nutrition. The parish’s economic makeup is a big driver behind Chancler’s local mission: More than 85% of the 14,000 students at the parish’s 32 schools are eligible for...

Menu Development
chefs council spread

Last October, we published the results of FoodService Director’s first annual Chefs’ Council Menu Trends survey, revealing predictions for menu shake-ups in 2016 . Many of the predictions panned out, including an increase in snacking, ever-spicier flavor profiles, veg-centric plates, fresh-pressed juices and build-your-own options. Now we’re back with next year’s forecast, culled from our panel of 50 Chefs’ Council members—culinarians representing the core segments of noncommercial foodservice. Some of the flavors, ingredients and cuisines expand on current trends, while others go off in...

FSD Resources