Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chicken Peanut Stew

Hubby was home for lunch one day last week and as I was cutting the vegetables for this soup he commented on how it used to make him absolutely shiver to see me with a sharp knife in my hand because he knows what a klutz I am and how I can hurt myself sometimes just by simply breathing. He went on to say how comfortable I now look with a knife and that he no longer cringes when he watches me cook. (I was positively beaming at this point.) He wasn't even backed out of the driveway to go back to work when I nearly cut off the tip of my left index finger. Blood EVERYWHERE. All burners got turned off and the first aid procedures began. During the hour it took to get the bleeding stopped I called hubby every name in the book for jinxing me. I also contemplated renaming this recipe "chicken peanut and fingertip stew."

And then I remembered this clip from Saturday Night Live. It's a classic.

Chicken Peanut Stew

1 1/2 TBSP olive oil
1 leek, white and light green parts only, well cleaned and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 anaheim chili pepper, seeded and diced
1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced (how hot do you like it?)
kosher salt
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 quart chicken stock
1 cup bottled/jarred salsa
1 1/2 lbs sweet potato, peeled and small cubed
3 cups (about 12 ounces) seasoned, cooked chicken breast meat, diced
1 (15 ounce) can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

Heat oil in a large soup pot. Add the leeks and peppers, season with salt and pepper and saute for 6-7 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin and saute for another minute or two.

Add the chicken stock, salsa and sweet potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are fork tender. Add the chicken and beans and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Whisk in the peanut butter until it is melted and stew is creamy. Simmer for another minute or two.


June said...

MMM this looks like a winner, winner chicken dinner to me. Love the anaheim and jalapeno too. You know who's gonna love this! The clip is hilarious - you're not alone in the kitchen klutz department Mags. Ya' got lots of company!

Natalie said...

oh my gosh, what a fabulous sounding recipe! bookmarking this!

The Mom Chef said...

Yeah, you've got lots of company. I did cut the top off and the doc had to use silver nitrate to stop the bleeding. Dang, that hurt. We've all been there. I'm glad you survived it and were able to make that gorgeous dish.

Thanks for the memory too. I loved SNL back then. Huge John Belushi fan. Dan was good, but John was king.

Barbara Bakes said...

I think I might have smacked him upside the head when he got home :-) The soup sounds like it has a nice blend of flavors.

Mary said...

Well that soup looks absolutely incredible!!! YUM!!!!

I hope your finger heals quickly!!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

chocolatecoveredeverything said...

This looks so yummy! I think some thai basil might be yummy in there too! Definitely going to make this! Thanks!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

this sound new to me, but it look so delicious !

Nanan said...

You crack me up - This stew is a winner - very African! I would leave out the tomatoes - of course with my dreaded allergies - but I want to try it! Sorry about the finger - I, too have been cutting my fingers lately... I love this clip from SNL I remember it vividly - too funny!

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Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Could you have squeezed in one more thing I love here (I'm not counting your fingertip)? I doubt it. This is such a beautiful stew and suits me to a tee for a fall/winter dinner. Bookmarked and to be made pronto. Can't wait!

Carolyn said...

Ack! I hope you're okay! I recently did that with a mandolin slicer.
I keep seeing recipes for stew with peanuts (or groundnuts) and I just love the idea. I have to try this!

Amy (Sing For Your Supper) said...

I'm pretty clumsy in the kitchen- I always cut myself! This stew looks so unique and flavorful! I'm definitely going to try it!

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Mmmm, sounds great for this nice cool Fall weather :)

Karen said...

Aw, I cut myself all the time. I've taken to keeping band-aids in the kitchen. LOL That video is hilarious - it's been a while since I've seen it.

A said...

I saw this on Tastespotting yesterday and made it today. It was great! I imagine it will be even better tomorrow. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad you lived to tell this tale! And share this recipe! :)