1PotMeal · 2017 · Chicken · Good Food · spring

Recipe: Chicken Mafe

It’s April and spring has sprung! The days are longer; the weather warmer; the birds have returned and are chirping away – and there are many more delicious vegetables around to enjoy!

With this unpredictable spring weather though – rainy ways, wind, cool evenings, sunny and warm days – this chicken recipe is perfect for that inbetween weather, for when you need some nourishing and satisfying  warm food, but not too heavy.

What is ‘mafe’ or ‘maafe’?

It is a peanut sauce based stew, commonly eaten in western Africa.  This dish can be made using beef, lamb or chicken – and also vegetarian.

Here is my take on this delicious stew. Enjoy!


Chicken Mafe

Allergens: peanuts

Serves: 3-4

By: gfchopstix

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 45-60 minutes

Ready for the oven












  • Half a chicken (with skin), cut into portions
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/4  butternut, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium/large carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium/large sweetpotato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • salt and pepper

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • a knob of fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup of crunchy peanut butter (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • A pinch of cumin and mixed herbs



  1. Place all the sauce ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth
  2. Wash and chop up the vegetables into medium/large chunks
  3. Rinse the chicken under running water (if needed)
  4. Place the chicken pieces into an ovenproof dish – I used a roasting pan
  5. Season the chicken with salt and pepper
  6. Add the vegetables to the pan
  7. Pour the peanut sauce over the chicken and vegetables
  8. Cover with foil
  9. Bake in a preheated oven, 180C for 35 minutes
  10. Carefully remove the foil and return to the oven
  11. Turn the oven temperature up to 200C, and cook for a further 15 minutes
  12. Baste the chicken often whilst roasting, to avoid it burning
  13. Carefully remove from the oven and serve
  14. Enjoy!




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