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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Spicy Peanut Chicken Favorite African Recipe

Africa's food is as diverse as its geography and language. Spicy peanut chicken served with garlic mealie-meal is a favorite Southern African recipe. Mealie-meal is made from maize (corn) and is known as mealie throughout Southern Africa.



Arachis hypogaea or Groundnuts (peanuts) originated in South America and are grown throughout tropical warm temperate regions of Africa. Groundnuts are a popular addition to meals since many rural households grow groundnuts for an important source of protein. 

Groundnuts are 45-55 percent fat and the oil has high levels of energy, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and essential fatty acids. The outer covering of the groundnut, the pod may be consumed as a vegetable if the pods are very young. Young groundnut leaves are also used as cooked green vegetables in many African recipes.


Spicy Peanut Chicken with Garlic Mealie Meal

Ingredients:
Spicy peanut chicken served with garlic mealie-meal is a favorite Southern African recipe.

Spicy Peanut Chicken

 by Bordecia34
2 split chicken breasts
2 tablespoons smooth or chunky peanut butter
2 medium diced tomatoes
1 medium onion chopped
3 cups water or chicken broth
1 hot pepper diced
1 teaspoon oil

Directions:
Heat the oil in the large frying pan, add onions and cook until slightly soft. In a large mixing container mix peanut butter and water thoroughly and add to frying pan along with hot pepper, chicken and tomatoes. Simmer 30 minutes or until chicken is very tender. Serve with Mealie Meal on the side.

Garlic Mealie Meal

Mealie-meal is made from maize (corn) and is known as mealies throughout Southern Africa.

Garlic Mealie Meal

by look West
Ingredients:
1 cups mealie meal (white or yellow course cornmeal)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon minced
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
3 cups water or broth

Directions:

Add water in a large pot, add garlic and salt. In a large bowl mix meal and flour together well and add to water. On high heat bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly until a thick paste forms. Remove from pot and allow to cool slightly before serving. Mealie meal is eaten by out pulling small pieces and squeezing it lightly to form dough to scoop to pick up chicken and sauce. Use mealie meal in place of your fork and spoon.

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