Southern Peanut Stew with Sweet Potatoes

October 1, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

As this scrumptious stew from the American South demonstrates, peanuts are practically second to none in their penchant for playing well with other foods.

Makes 6 servings.

2 tbsp peanut oil
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated and minced
3 large garlic cloves, minced
500 g skinless, boneless chicken, cut into 1-inch cubes (optional)
1/2 cup roasted peanuts, finely chopped
2 to 3 tsp cayenne pepper, ground
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 cups chicken or veggie stock
2 cups kale or Swiss chard, shredded with stems removed
1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 cups fresh or canned tomatoes, diced, seeded, and drained
3/4 cup peanut butter

Cilantro leaves, roughly torn
1/2 cup roasted peanuts, whole or roughly chopped 

In a stockpot, heat oil to medium; then add onion and ginger, cooking for a few minutes or until onion is soft. Add garlic and chicken and sauté for a few minutes more. Add the finely chopped peanuts and seasonings, sautéing for a minute or two. 

Stir in the stock and collards, bring to a boil, and then turn heat down to medium-low to simmer. Add the chopped sweet potato and tomatoes; then cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the peanut butter. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve garnished with chopped cilantro and peanuts. 

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