Chicken palava

Chicken palava
Makes: 4 portions
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  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 400 gr tinned tomatoes
  • 2 tbspn peanut butter
  • 75 gr chicken stock or water
  • 100 ml milk
  • 1 tspn thyme
  • 250 gr fresh spinach
  • 2 bell peppers
  1. Dice the chicken breasts. Slice the bell pepper, dice the onion and garlic.
  2. Roast the sesames seeds in a dry pan without oil and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in the same pan and stir fry the chicken.
  4. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper and stir fry them until halfway done.
  5. Season with paprika and ground coriander.
  6. Turn down the heat, add the peanut butter, the canned tomatoes, milk and enough chicken stock to make a sauce and stir well to mix.
  7. Let the sauce simmer on low heat and stir regularly until the vegetables are cooked through.
  8. Add the thyme and spinach to the sauce. Let it simmer until the spinach has wilted somewhat.
  9. Taste and correct the seasoning.
  10. Serve the sauce with rice. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the sauce.
Stuff to know
Add some milk if the sauce is too thick.
Garnish with some sesame oil just before serving.
Palaver sauce or Palava sauce is a type of stew widely eaten in West Africa, including Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. It is served with boiled rice.