Palava Chicken & Pepper

African Peanut Stew – hm I’ve been dreaming to make this dish! It was at Nico’s place, a friend of mine, that I ate this superlicious food..We were having discussion on what kind of spices and ingredients that he put in this dish..yet we did not solve it.. 🙁

And suddenly he said..”people…it’s peanut butter!! This is African dish and not Cypriot dish!!” was really good and spicy! But since the loveliest man on the earth does not eat spicy as much as i do, so, i made it really tender (a.k.a not spicy at all; in order not to receiving complains afterwards), here it is..Aurelia’s Palava chicken and pepper (cause both of us, we don’t eat spinach, as the original recipe)!

Well..this won’t be a native to African, cause i can’t find Kilimanjaro sauce, but still, this is a really good Palava.. 😀

Let’s start then!

Palava chicken and pepper (1 of 1)


  • 500gr boneless chicken, cut in cubes
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, cut in small cubes
  • 6 tbsp of peanut oil
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 4-5 hot chili pepper, don’t cut
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger – or 1cm fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tsp brown sugar – or 1 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 5 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1,5 cups of chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to make it:

  • In a bowl, mix well peanut oil, sesame oil, sprinkle of salt and pepper, chili powder, dried thyme, ground/fresh ginger, chopped garlic and sugar/sweet soy sauce
  • Add the happy chicken cubes in, mix it well, and put aside for the marinade sauce to give the taste to happy chicken for at least 30mins or more
  • In a pan, heat it without oil, and cook chicken with its marinated sauce until happy chicken is losing its rawness only, and then add onion, bell pepper, and whole chili pepper
  • Add in tomato, chicken broth and the magic peanut butter, mix it well and cook up to 30mins or more, until chicken is really cooked, and the soup is left only a bit. I like to keep some soup because the loveliest man loves it that way
  • Sprinkle another salt and pepper
  • For a better stew result, you can even use pressure pan in a medium heat
  • Serve it with bowl of rice, happiness in your face and more chili paste for greater challenge

2 servings – if you eat like me

4 servings – if you don’t eat like me


“Tsamina mina eh eh, waka waka eh eh, tsamina mina zangalewa, This time for Africa!”

Shakira’s Waka Waka


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