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African Chicken Soup with Nut Butter


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Serves 8-10 | Prep Time 45 minutes | Cook Time

Ingredients

* 1 Tbl roasted nut oil (or, substitute with oil of choice, e.g., grapeseed)
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 1 carrot, sliced
* 6 cloves roasted garlic, chopped 1/2 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp curry powder
* 1 tsp (smoked) sea salt
* 1/4 tsp ground white pepper (or, freshly ground pepper)
* 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
* 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
* a smidgen of chili powder
* a pinch of ginger
* 1/3 cup tomato paste
* 1/4 to 1/2 cup 'nut' butter (smooth or chunky; sunflower seed, roasted peanut, roasted almond, etc.)
* 4 cups organic chicken broth
* 1 15-oz can (organic) diced roasted tomatoes (including liquid)
* 1/2 chicken (pre-cooked, skin and bones removed,) cut into bite-sized pieces

Toppings (optional):
* toasted sesame oil, drizzled
* sweet potato or kale chips
* nuts or seeds, chopped
* fresh herbs (e.g., chives, parsley, scallions, cilantro), chopped

Directions:
On stovetop, heat oil in a soup pot or dutch oven. Add onions and carrots; saute until browned. In a mixing bowl, stir spice ingredients together. In a separate bowl, combine the tomato paste and nut butter. Once incorporated, add the diced tomatoes and broth. Add all ingredients, including chicken, to the pot. Cover and simmer gently.

Heat through for about 15-20 minutes. Taste and adjust to your preferences.

Serve in cups or bowls, garnished.

Notes:
Can be served as a main course (perhaps with rice, couscous, squash) or, as a first course to a full menu. This soup/stew tastes even better made a day ahead and warmed.


On stovetop, heat oil in a soup pot or dutch oven. Add onions and carrots; saute until browned. In a mixing bowl, stir spice ingredients together. In a separate bowl, combine the tomato paste and nut butter. Once incorporated, add the diced tomatoes and broth. Add all ingredients, including chicken, to the pot. Cover and simmer gently.



Heat through for about 15-20 minutes. Taste and adjust to your preferences.



Serve in cups or bowls, garnished.



Notes:


Can be served as a main course (perhaps with rice, couscous, squash) or, as a first course to a full menu. This soup/stew tastes even better made a day ahead and warmed.


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Notes

One of my best friends and I would go to a little restaurant that served an amazing African Chicken Peanut soup. We still talk about this memory together. Years later, I came across a recipe on the web which was similar in taste. Since then, I've experimented with variations -- and this turned out to be one of my favorite combinations. Our family and friends especially enjoy the smokey twist to the basic recipe. The flavors might seem like a motley list of seasonings at first glance, but it works! And, variations in ingredients or amounts are very forgiving. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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