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Food From Togo: Cook Authentic Peanut Stew

Bring some West African flavours to your kitchen.

A cook from Togo

A delicious Togolese recipe for you

In Togo, the most popular food is maize, which is made into a porridge. This simple dish is often served with soup or a stew just like this authentic and tasty recipe!

Chicken Peanut Stew

Serves 4-6 people

Make a delicious vegetarian version by swapping the chicken for squash or sweet potato.

Girl looking back with plate


  • 8 chicken thighs or 2 large sweet potatoes/ 1 squash
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 fresh medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbs tomato puree
  • 1 chicken or vegetable stock cube
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups water


  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil to a large frying pan or casserole dish and brown the chicken on all sides over a medium heat. You may need to do this in batches. 
  • Add the onions and garlic to the chicken and fry until soft.
  • Meanwhile, in a blender, add the peanut butter, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and water. Blend until you have a fine paste.
  • Stir the peanut paste into the chicken and leave on a low heat, stirring occasionally. Leave for 30–40 mins to reduce and for the sauce to thicken.
  • Enjoy! Perfect with rice or couscous this stew makes the perfect teatime treat. 

Happy children from Togo

Meet Adjo, the cook behind this tasty Togo recipe!

Adjo has helped prepare chicken peanut stew and other meals for the most vulnerable children in her community since 2012. She cooks these delicious meals for children who are being empowered to break free from poverty thanks to Compassion's sponsorship programme

Adjo a cook in Togo

In Togo, children in the Compassion programme receive breakfast and lunch during their project activities. This means Adjo and the other kitchen volunteers have cooked more than 600 times to provide the children with nutritionally balanced meals since the local church began partnering with Compassion. 

“I want to thank Compassion for the support they’ve given to us volunteers,” says Adjo.

“On Fridays we come and wash everything the children are going to use. On Saturday morning we bring the clean dishes out and pray. After praying we divide into groups. One group prepares breakfast of tea and porridge. The other groups prepare lunch.” 

Washing cups

This recipe has been taken from our latest edition of the Compassion magazine. Pack full of inspiring stories from Togo look out for a copy on your doorstep or download it here.


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WORDS : Emily Laramy

PHOTOS : Compassion International



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