West African Peanut Soup Recipe

Published on January 14th 2022 by Chigoziri Nwachuku.
Last updated on June 15th 2024
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Front shot of West African Peanut Soup in a serving bowl

Is it cold outside? Warm-up with this West African Peanut Soup. This tasty soup is quite popular in West Africa. And for a good reason - it's creamy, rich, and packed with flavor—the nutty peanut butter tones down the spiciness of the jalapeños. Peanut butter also packs tons of plant-based protein. Meanwhile, the shredded chicken makes this soup very filling. Your tummy will feel very satisfied.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
10 persons.


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 1 medium Onion, chopped

  • 1 Jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, diced

  • 5 cloves Garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper

  • 2 teaspoons Cumin

  • 3 tablespoons Tomato Paste

  • 1x14 ounce can Crushed Tomatoes

  • 3 cups Chicken Broth

  • 1 Sweet Potato, peeled and diced

  • 1x14 ounce can Chickpeas

  • 1 cup Creamy Natural Peanut Butter

  • 1 medium Red Bell Pepper, chopped

  • 1 1/2 pounds Chicken Breast, poached, shredded

  •  1/2 teaspoon Salt

  • Parsley Chopped for garnish (Optional)


In large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Once hot, add onion and sauté for about 4 minutes.

Add ginger, jalapeño, and garlic, and stir for 1 minute.

Add pepper, cumin, and tomato paste, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring well.

Add crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and peanut butter. Bring to a boil, stirring well.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes until sweet potatoes soften.

Add red bell pepper, shredded chicken breast, and salt, and cook for 5 minutes. 

Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

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