Nigerian Beef and Chicken Stew is really just Nigerian Fried Tomato Stew with the addition of cooked meat. And, while the chicken and beef stew is the most often used combination, you can use other meats and get just as delicious a stew. Lamb, goat, even fish can be, and often are, used in this classic Nigerian food recipe.
Nigerian Chicken and Beef Stew Recipe-
- Fried Tomato Stew
- 1 Whole Chicken, cut into pieces: legs, thighs, wings, halved breasts (Get a hen, they are more tender than roosters)
- 2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into large bite-sized chunks
- 1 large or 2 small onions, peeled and rough chopped
- Salt (to taste)
- 1 Knorr cube (a must ingredient for authentic Nigerian flavor)
- 1 tbsp. dried thyme
- In a large pot with about a quart of water, cook the chicken with the chopped onions, Knorr cube and thyme.
- In another large pot, heat up a generous portion of your pre-cooked Fried Tomato Stew. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to just a simmering point, and keep the stew simmering while you prepare the meats.
- Once the chicken is close to done, add in the beef and continue cooking until both meats are well done.
- Next add in the salt, and let the meats simmer for another 4 or 5 minutes, after which you transfer all the pot’s contents to a sieve (placed suspended over an empty bowl, and allow all the juices to drain. (Save the juices – they will come in handy as a base stock for lots of future soups, stews, sauces, etc.)
- An optional step at this point is to fry, broil, or grill the meat. Mostly do this if you want to achieve that warm, rich golden brown appearance.
- Now add your cooked meat to the simmering stew, stirring well, and allow it to now cook and meld together for at least 30 minutes, and even up to two hours. The longer the simmer together time is, the tastier the meat will be, and the tastier the stew sauce will be.
You are ready to eat! Serve your Nigerian Chicken and Beef Stew with either fresh cooked white rice or some Ugali, and enjoy this, one of the most popular of all of the traditional Nigerian food recipes.
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