Many of the popular foods in Ghana are traditional dishes, a delicious reflection of a long and rich cultural history. Most dishes are served as a stew, often tomato based as with this saucy and mildly spicy chicken recipe, which contains groundnuts and chillies. Growing and harvesting groundnuts for local consumptions and export is a thriving trade in Ghana with chillies not too far behind.
Recipe by: GOLD Recipe
Serves: 6 (main dish)
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
T = Tablespoon
t = teaspoon
- 12 skinless chicken thighs
- 2 T vegetable oil
- 2 onions, sliced
- 1 red or green chilli pepper, seeded and finely sliced
- 1 T fresh thyme leaves
- 400g whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 cup (250 ml) cream or coconut cream
- 1 cup (250 ml) chicken stock 100 g groundnuts – in this instance roasted and salted peanuts, roughly chopped
- ½ t (2 ml) turmeric
- Salt and milled black pepper
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Add the onions and fry until a light and golden colour.
- Add the chilli, turmeric, thyme, tomatoes, cream and half the peanuts.
- Give the mixture a good stir.
- Add the chicken and tuck the chicken under the sauce.
- Cover and simmer over a gentle heat for about 20 – 30 minutes until cooked.
- Lift the chicken and place in a warming dish.
- Pour the thickened sauce over the chicken.
- Garnish with the remaining peanuts.
- Serve hot.
Tip: When transferring the chicken to warming dish, if the sauce hasn’t thickened leave it in the pan, turn up the heat and allow to simmer with the lid off for a couple of minutes.