Recipe by Jennifer Brule
Born in Ghana, West Africa, this soupâ€™s a rich, addictive mix of sweet, salty and spicy thanks to sweet potatoes, chicken, peanut butter and a godly amount of cayenne pepper. Serve alongside pints of nutty Northern English brown ale.
Serves: 10 to 12
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 1Â˝-inch piece ginger root, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 quarts (8 cups) chicken stock
- 1 14-ounce can chopped tomatoes with juice
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 1⁄2 pounds boneless, skinless
- chicken breasts
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 red bell pepper, trimmed and roughly chopped
- 3⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3⁄4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 cup chopped peanuts
- sea salt to taste
• Pour the oil into a large soup pot and set over medium heat. Add in the onion, garlic and ginger, and sauté until the onion is just soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
• Pour the chicken stock and tomatoes into the pot; add the tomato paste and stir. Slip the chicken breasts, sweet potato cubes and red pepper chunks into the soup. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. When the soup begins to simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until the sweet potato chunks are soft and the chicken just cooked through.
• Remove the chicken to a plate to cool. Stir in the cayenne pepper and peanut butter. Purée the soup using an immersion blender, or use a blender, working in batches. Shred or chop the chicken, and add it to the soup. Reheat gently if necessary, season with salt and serve each cup with a garnish of chopped peanuts.