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Chicken Moambe, Congo

Congolese cuisine falls within the greater culinary traditions of Central Africa, and features lots of new world foods such as sweet potatoes, peanuts, manioc and corn. Meat is often eaten in stews, and fish dishes are common for those living along the Congo river. Specific dishes and methods vary from ethnic group to ethnic group. This chicken in peanut sauce is the national dish of both Congolese republics (The Republic of) Congo and The Democratic Republic of Congo

Chicken Moambe, Congo


3 lbs chicken parts

6 Tbsp. peanut oil, divided

2 onions, chopped

1 can tomato puree

1 6 oz can tomato paste

3 cloves garlic, chopped

3 green onions, chopped

1 Tbsp. grated ginger root

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

salt to taste

1 cup water

1/2 cup natural peanut butter


Wash chicken and pat dry. Heat 4 Tbsp. peaut oil in a large pot over high heat. Brown the chicken on both sides, working in batches if needed. Remove the chicken and set aside.

Add the remaining oil and turn down the temperature to medium-low. Add the onions and saute until golden. Add the tomato puree, tomato paste, garlic, green onions, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt and water and mix well. Return chicken to the pot and mix again. Turn heat to high, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove 1 cup of sauce from the pot and mix with the peanut butter. Return mixture to pot and mix well. Cook uncovered for an additional 10 minutes or until the chicken is done.

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