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5 from 2 votes

Nigerian Chicken Stew

This is the classic Nigerian chicken stew. It is very easy to make and very delicious and this stew can be eaten with almost anything. 
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Nigerian
Keyword: How to cook nigerian stew, Nigerian chicken stew, Nigerian stew recipe
Servings: 8
Author: Ajoke| My Active Kitchen


  • 8 cups boiled Nigerian pepper mix
  • 18 pieces Chicken
  • 2 medium onion chopped, to be used in boiling the chicken and later in the stew
  • Chicken bullion cubes use according to preference
  • 1 tsp ginger powder substitute with fresh ones
  • 1 tsp garlic powder substitute with fresh ones
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth This is the broth you get from boiling the chicken, this is optional if you opted for grilled chicken instead of fried.


  • Rinse the chicken and place in a pot, Place the pot on medium heat, add ginger, garlic, curry, thyme, salt, 1 chopped onions, bullion cubes and water. stir together to combine and  bring to boil till tender. Fry or grill chicken/turkey and set aside.
  • Place a pan big enough to cook the stew on medium heat, add vegetable oil (You can use the one used to fry the chicken) and heat for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped onions and fry till onions are translucent, reduce the heat
  • carefully stir pepper mix into hot oil and leave to boil for about 3-5 minutes, add chicken broth /water to make stew lighter (don’t let it be too light)
    Add seasoning and salt and leave to cook for another few minutes
  • Add  fried or grilled chicken and continue cooking on medium heat till stew stops foaming and the oil starts flowing on top of the stew. Don’t worry if you see too much oil floating on your stew, you have done well. Simply scoop excess oil of the stew and keep it for some other dish or discard. 
    Cooking this stew is pretty straight forward and the outcome is superb.


  • I used Nigerian Knorr brand of the bullion cubes to cook this chicken stew, I didn't specify the amount that should be used as this can be used according to preference. If you haven't used or cooked this stew before, I would recommend you use 2 to 4 bullion cubes to cook the chicken, if you would be using the chicken broth, don't add salt or bullion cubes till you have tasted it and you are sure it needs more.
  • Remember, there is spice and herbs in the chicken and all the flavours from the natural ingredient would add a great depth of flavour to stew too
  • if you want to achieve the proper fried authentic Nigerian stew, then you have to patient with the cooking time. The easiest way to achieve this is by boiling the pepper mix first