Ghanaian Ground Nut Chicken Recipe


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)
Difficulty: Easy
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


  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a pan.
  3. Add the onions and fry until a light and golden colour.
  4. Add the chilli, turmeric, thyme, tomatoes, cream and half the peanuts.
  5. Give the mixture a good stir.
  6. Add the chicken and tuck the chicken under the sauce.
  7. Cover and simmer over a gentle heat for about 20 – 30 minutes until cooked.
  8. Lift the chicken and place in a warming dish.
  9. Pour the thickened sauce over the chicken.
  10. Garnish with the remaining peanuts.
  11. 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.

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