Have you ever had a taste of the Nigerian chicken stew? What does it taste like? Yes, it is a thick, hearty stew, that is made with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and of course, seasonings. Actually, different people have slight variations to this recipe, however, the result is what matters. Here is how to make the Nigerian chicken stew.
Ingredients Needed for Making the Nigerian Chicken Stew Recipe
You might be needing ingredients for different things, which include the roast, chicken, and of course, the stew. For the roast, you will be needing tree red bell peppers (also known as tatashe), four medium-sized tomatoes, two habanero pepper, one medium onion, five cloves of garlic, and one inch of ginger root (optional).
For the chicken sauce, you will be needing eight chicken drumsticks, one teaspoon of thyme, one teaspoon of paprika, one teaspoon of curry powder, half a cup of vegetable oil, two tablespoons of diced onions, then salt and pepper to taste.
Lastly, for the stew, the ingredients needed include; one medium-sized onion, one and a half or two cups of chicken stock, one tablespoon of rosemary, one tablespoon of paprika, one tablespoon of curry powder, two bay leaves, two tablespoons of chicken bouillon powder, or probably two chicken cubes.
How to Make the Nigerian Chicken Stew
Slice the Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers, And Blend
Slice the tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Slice them into two halves, and put them in a sheet pan, together with the garlic cloves, as well. Now, brush generously with oil, and place in a 425F, preheated oven. Ensure you roast it for about thirty minutes, or till you notice that it is slightly charred. Afterward, blend everything with the ginger root, and put it aside.
Season the Chicken
It’s time to season the chicken with paprika, curry powder, thyme, salt, and pepper. You can set aside. Also, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add two tablespoons from the already diced onions, and leave to cook till you notice that the oil has become fragrant.
It’s time to add the chicken legs and fry until they become brown on both sides. You can do this for about ten minutes, on each side. Just make sure to remove the pan when you are done, and set it aside.
Add the Remaining Diced Onions
You can now add the remaining diced onions into the same pan, that you used to fry the chicken. Make sure you cook, till the onions become translucent, after which you add the blend sauce and bay leaves. Cook it for five to ten minutes.
Add the Chicken Broth
Should add the chicken broth, paprika, rosemary, curry powder, bouillon powder, black pepper, and of course, salt to give it taste. After doing this, you can gently put the fried chicken in the sauce, and leave it to simmer, until you are sure the chicken has become tender. Do this for about twenty minutes. Actually, you can do this a little more or even less, depending on the quantity of the chicken.
Also, ensure you stir occasionally, to prevent it from burning. You should also adjust the thickness of the stew, with water or stock, if necessary.
Serve and Enjoy!
You can serve over white rice or even pasta. You can even eat it with freshly baked bread. The bottom line is, enjoy your chicken stew!