Another cheap, yet awesome, chicken recipe!
I am not a very accomplished cook, but this West African (ish) peanut stew recipe came out pretty well, so the recipe must be FOOLPROOF! It's also the kind of thing where you can add whatever veggies/beans you have around. All measurements are ballparked. -- 1 chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces (or just leftovers from a whole chicken, or no chicken at all, if you're veg) -- 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth (I went the boullion route on this one, so... a few cents) -- 1 can of diced tomatoes w/ green chilis (I got a big can for 60 cents, but you could also use fresh green chilis and tomatoes. Sadly, the toms in my grocery store are still in the gross pink winter stage and are selling for $4/lb. Weep.) -- 1 can chickpeas (50 cents, and I'm sure lots of folks can get them cheaper or buy dried ones in bulk) -- 2 (ish) TBSP tomato paste (Maybe 50 cents worth? Man, I am bad at fractions.) -- 1/2 C peanut butter (creamy, crunchy, organic, store-brand, whatever floats your boat) -- 1 TBSP red pepper flakes (or to taste) -- 1-2 TSP coriander (Damn you, tiny $2 jar! This was the most expensive thing. The amount I used was propbably... 30 cents worth, though) -- Chopped garlic to taste -- 1 chopped onion, if you want* In a pot or large skillet with lid, heat olive oil and brown chicken over medium heat. Saute with garlic. [*Here's where you can add onion if you like onion. I hate onion. It is the devil's vegetable.] Stir in tomatoes/chilis and chickpeas. Simmer for one minute, stirring constantly. Stir in coriander. Add chicken broth and red pepper. Cover and reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring when you get bored or a commercial comes on TV. Then add the tomato paste, 1 TBSP at a time until smooth. Add the peanut butter, stirring until smooth. Replace the lid and simmer until things look blended. The key here is adding the thickening agents until you get to a consistency that is stew-like and appealing to you. This is designed to be served over rice, but it's also good with brown rice mixed in. The peanut taste isn't overwhelming, and is a surprisingly good foil with the spicy and the tomato-y. And cheap! This made enough for three big dinner servings and three lunch leftovers.