West African Peanut Stew with Chicken

My wife saw this recipe in our local paper. “Bruce,” she said. “I think you should make this.” And I did. It was delicious.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (I cut into smaller pieces.)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • One 2 1/2- to 3-inch piece peeled fresh ginger root, minced (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • One 14.5-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 medium sweet potato (12 ounces), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (I used Butternut Squash.)
  • 1/2 bunch collard greens (tough ribs discarded), leaves chopped (about 3 cups total) (I used a bag of frozen.)
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/3 cup natural-style peanut butter (smooth or chunky) (I used chunky.)
  • 6 tablespoons chopped roasted unsalted peanuts, for garnish
Directions

Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the black pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a Dutch oven or other large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add half the chicken and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring, until it loses its raw look and is lightly browned in spots, then transfer to a plate. Repeat with another tablespoon of the oil and the remaining chicken, transferring the meat to the plate as well.

Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pot; reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon of salt; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.

Stir in the broth, tomatoes and their juices, the sweet potato, collard greens and red bell peppers; once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, partially cover and cook for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

Return the chicken with any accumulated juices to the pot. Increase the heat to medium; once the mixture starts to boil, stir in the peanut butter until well incorporated; cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly done.

Serve warm, topped with the chopped peanuts.

Based on a recipe from nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

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Soba Noodles with Kale and Turmeric Tahini Sauce

This recipe is from Shape Magazine. There are always very good recipes in the magazine. My wife suggested I make this one. It was delicious! Serves 2.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1/2 tablespoon water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4-6 ounces soba noodles (I used Wide Lo Mein Noodles.)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 – 6 kale leaves, chopped (I used frozen.)
  • 3 red radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled into ribbons (using a regular vegetable peeler)
  • 1cup shelled edamame
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, water, garlic, turmeric, and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Cook the noodles until al dente, following package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water, separating noodles with your hands. In a bowl, toss noodles with sesame oil; set aside.
  3. Fill the same pot with an inch or two of water and place a steamer basket inside. Bring to a boil, then add the kale and a pinch of salt. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and steam until tender but still bright green, about 5 minutes.
  4. Top noodles with kale, radishes, carrot ribbons, and edamame. Add 2-3 tablespoons of sauce, mix and top with sesame seeds.

 

  • Recipe by Jeanine Donofrio, author of The Love & Lemons Cookbook and blog, loveandlemons.

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Asian Glazed Chicken Thighs

Simple to prepare. Slightly spicy. Slightly sweet. Simply delicious!

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce and 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons pure sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2-3 cups spinach with 1/4 cup sesame seeds (cooked separately)
  • sliced green onions/shallots

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to  425°F
  2. Whisk the vinegar, honey, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and orange juice in a bowl until smooth. Pour half the marinade into a large plastic zipper bag; retain the other half of the sauce. Place the chicken thighs into the bag containing marinade, squeeze all the air out of the bag, and seal. Shake a few times to coat chicken; refrigerate for 1 hour, turning bag once or twice.
  3. Pour the other half of the marinade into a saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring often, to thicken sauce. Take off heat and allow to cool.
  4. Remove the chicken from the bag; discard used marinade. Place chicken thighs into an oven proof pan/skillet or baking dish and brush with 1/3 of the thickened marinade from the saucepan.
  5. Bake 30–45 minutes, basting one more time after 10 minutes; an instant-read thermometer inserted into a chicken thigh should read 165 degrees F (75 degrees C).
  6. Change oven settings to grill/broil on medium heat and grill until the skin changes to deep golden in color (about 5 minutes). Sprinkle with sesame seeds before broiling.
  7. Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes. Serve with spinach and sesame seeds or steamed bok choy, shallots/green onion slices.

Based on recipes from Café Delites and Allrecipes.

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