I love trying out new recipes and new ways to use ingredients I already love, like our soups here at Egunsi Foods. That’s why I love this Groundnut Peanut Chicken Curry that uses our African Peanut Groundnut Soup to make a delicious take on a South Asian classic. Give Shadaé Williams (@measureupvids) recipe a try and let us know what you think!
Why We Love This Groundnut Peanut Chicken Curry
There’s hardly anything more wonderful than a deeply flavored meal that comes together in no time. And that’s exactly what this Groundnut Peanut Chicken Curry is! With the combination of creamy coconut milk and our own African Peanut Groundnut Soup, we see a rich and flavorful curry in your future!
By using our Egunsi Foods soup as part of your base, this dish comes together in just 30 minutes. That means it’s a great option to whip up any weeknight after a long day, and you certainly won’t be disappointed. Plus, with just a couple easy swaps – tofu for chicken, vegetable broth for chicken broth – this becomes a vegetarian wonder!
The Story Behind the Curry
The word “curry” generally refers to the dish – sauce seasoned with spices that may contain fish, chicken, other types of meat, or a variety of vegetables. It’s a popular type of dish made in a variety of ways around the world. It’s mainly associated with South Asian cuisine, and outside of the Indian subcontinent, you’ll find the varieties made with coconut milk or other additions.
Curry powder is a prepared mixture of a number of different spices. There are some key ingredients of curry powder, but it actually can vary from seller to seller. Generally, in a South Asian-inspired curry powder, you’ll find ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, cardamom, and turmeric. You may also find some with additions of fenugreek, fennel, and cinnamon. This is the type of curry powder Shadaé uses in this recipe!
Curry powder was first exported from the Indian subcontinent to Britain in the 18th century, where it became a staple in British cooking and found its way into British recipe books. Most living in South Asia don’t use pre-prepared powders, but rather add their spices to their curries independently.
Curry is also a popular dish in Jamaica, and the spice blend made its way to the island in the 17th century when Indian indentured servants were brought to work on the sugar cane plantations. The flavor profile of Jamaican curry, however, is different from that of its South Asian counterpart.
Jamaican curry powder usually has a higher proportion of turmeric, and the powder itself might have less heat, since Jamaican cuisine incorporates more fresh peppers than Indian cuisine. It may also contain additional ingredients like allspice. While these powders may be similar, they’re not completely interchangeable.
Our ready-made soups here at Egunsi Foods are delicious and ready to eat on their own, but they can also be used to kickstart a completely new meal, like this Groundnut Peanut Chicken Curry. Since we’ve used our African Peanut Groundnut Soup, this recipe makes it from pot to table so much faster without sacrificing any of the flavor.
This Groundnut Peanut Chicken Curry is one of our #EgunsiMyWay recipes, where we’re showing you the joys of speed-scratch cooking to create delicious and nutritious meals any night of the week. We’ll help you utilize both ready-made products and fresh ingredients to keep you excited about weeknight dinner time.
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Shadaé & @measureupvids
Shadaé is a recipe developer and content creator based in Atlanta, Georgia, and you can find her recipes @measureupvids on Instagram! She has a passion for food photography and intuitive cooking, and her own Jamaican heritage often shows up in her cooking.
How to Make Groundnut Peanut Chicken Curry
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
- 10 oz. chicken breast, cubed
- 1 ½ cups potatoes, cubed
- 1 cup of carrots, cubed
- ½ cup of yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon of Indian curry powder
- 1 jar of Egunsi Foods African Peanut Groundnut Soup
- ½ cup of chicken broth
- 3 Tablespoons of yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- Coconut milk
- Season the cubed chicken with your desired spices (curry, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, etc.) and 1 Tablespoon of yogurt. Mix well and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high and add the curry, bay leaves, and coriander seeds. Then add the onions and cook until crisp and caramelized.
- Add the chicken to the pan, spaced out so the pieces are in a single layer. Allow to brown on both sides.
- Add the carrots, potatoes, chicken broth, Egunsi Foods Groundnut Soup, and remaining yogurt to the pan. Mix well and let simmer on medium-high heat.
- Plate and drizzle with coconut milk and a squeeze of lime. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with naan and/or rice, and enjoy!