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    Chicken XimXim With Ground Peanuts

    In African dialect, ximxim means "stew." Using ground peanuts, shrimp and coconut in stews is distinctly African. Enjoy spooned over brown rice.


    • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat and cut into bite-size pieces
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 pinch of freshly ground pepper
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 6 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 cup dried shrimp, or 3 tablespoons fish sauce, optional
    • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
    • 1 14-ounce can chicken broth, reduced-sodium
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 3/4 cup “lite” coconut milk


    Step 1
    Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, salt and pepper and sauté, stirring often, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
    Step 2
    Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the pot over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, parsley and garlic, reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and bubbly, 10 to 15 minutes.
    Step 3
    Meanwhile, place dried shrimp (if using) in a food processor and process until finely ground. Transfer to a small bowl. Add peanuts to the processor and process until finely ground. Combine the ground shrimp (or fish sauce), if using, with the ground peanuts.
    Step 4
    Add broth, coconut milk and the peanut mixture to the pot. Increase heat to medium, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the reserved chicken and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

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