The Ultimate Winter Warmer: Chicken Cashew Stew

This one I recently came across at work. Inspired by a West African Chicken Peanut recipe, we created this amazing stew which I’m sure can also be adapted for a slow cooker too. With the very cold weather in Toronto right now, this is one recipe I’m using right now to warm up my insides.

Chicken Cashew Stew @love_ur_insides

Makes: 6-8 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 90 minutes

2 to 3 lbs of organic chicken legs, thighs or wings. (I have used left over turkey from Christmas too and it works wonderfully well)
4 tbsp of olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 inch piece of ginger, minced
6 to 8 garlic cloves, chopped
2 to 3 lbs of sweet potatoes, chopped into cubes
1 15oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 quart of chicken stock
1 cup of cashew butter (we made this in a food processor by blitzing 1 cup of cashews until it’s a chunky paste)
1 cup of cashews
1 tbsp of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup of freshly chopped coriander

Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium to high heat. Salt the chicken pieces well and pat them dry. Brown them in the oil, don’t crowd the pot, so them in batches if needed. Once brown, set aside. **If you are using left over roasted Christmas turkey or chicken from a roast dinner then you can skip this part and start at the onions**

Sauté the onions in oil for about 3 minutes, stirring. Add the ginger and garlic and continue to sauté for another minute or two. Add the sweet potato and stir well.

Add the browned chicken, broth, tomatoes, cashew butter, cashews and spices and stir well. Bring to a boil and then cover the pot and simmer for 60 – 90 minutes or until the meat falls off the bone and the potatoes are soft.

If you are using fresh chicken, remove the chicken pieces and set in a bowl to cool until cool enough to touch. Remove the skin and shred chicken off of the bone and return the chicken to the pot.

Taste the stew and add more seasoning if needed. The stew should be peppery so add more black pepper if needed. Add the fresh coriander.

Serve with rice or by itself.

Enjoy! This is an amazing stew for the winter, it’s filling and it definitely warms you from the inside out. Just the kind of comfort food we need at this time of year!

Sending out oodles of love and light to you all!
Stay warm! 
C. xox 

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