I make a big batch of this African Chicken soup every winter. It’s packed full of vegetables and has loads of rich flavour. I cook it long and low in the slow cooker so the chicken is deliciously tender.
- 1 kg Chicken Thighs £3.99
- 1 kg Onions 50p
- 1 kg Sweet Potatoes 89p
- 750g Peppers 96p
- Chillies 47p
- Ginger 69p
- Garlic 14p
- Ground Coriander 15p
- 3 Tins Chopped Tomatoes 84p
- Chicken Stock 12p
- Peanut Butter 85p
- Cayenne Pepper 25p
- Cumin 15p
Total Cost = £10.00
Makes 18 servings = 55p per serving
How To Cook African Chicken Soup
Start by mincing the garlic. Peel off the papery skin then use a garlic press or finely chop the garlic cloves with a sharp knife. Use a full bulb of garlic.
Then chop the onions. Chop off the tops and bottoms of each onions then chop them up with a sharp knife.
Fry the garlic and onions in oil until they are translucent. Then put them in the slow cooker.
Peel and chop the potatoes. Add them to the slow cooker. Chop them quite small, as if you were making mashed potatoes.
Remove the seeds and chop the peppers. Add them to the slow cooker.
Add the chicken thighs to the slow cooker whole. This is so much easier than having to chop them up first. Just empty the packaging into the slow cooker.
Peel and finely dice the ginger. Add it to the slow cooker. You can use a grater if you prefer but I’ve never got on with this method.
Chop the chillies. Add them to the slow cooker.
Pour three tins of chopped tomatoes into the slow cooker.
Add four cubes of chicken stock.
Then add the spices. I use about a quarter of a jar of cumin and the same of cayenne pepper. This gives my African Chicken Soup plenty of kick but without it being too spicy for the children to enjoy. If I were making it just for myself I’d add about twice that amount of spices, but I do like my African Chicken Soup on the spicy side.
About a quarter of a jar of cayenne pepper is usually about right. You can always give the soup a taste after the chicken is cooked and add more spices if you wish.
Add the full jar of peanut butter.
Give the ingredients a stir. Set the slow cooker to low and leave it for about 6 hours. It will be totally fine if it’s more convenient for you to leave it for longer. This batch was in the slow cooker for about 8 hours and it’s cooked perfectly.
Once the chicken is completely cooked through and deliciously tender remove the chicken pieces form the slow cooker. Pop them onto a chopping board and use a pair of forks to pull the pieces of chicken apart leaving little threads of chicken.
Blend the rest of the soup to your liking. My kids prefer their soup pretty smooth so that’s how I usually do it. I have made this soup without blending it at all and it makes a lovely stew.
Add the chicken back into the slow cooker and give it a stir.
Portion the African Chicken Soup into freezer tubs and let it cool completely before freezing.
I do hope my African Chicken Soup recipe has inspired you to have ago at making this spicy soup for yourself.
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