In African dialect, xim xim means “stew.” Using ground peanuts, shrimp and coconut in stews is distinctly African. Enjoy spooned over brown rice.
Prep: 50 | Total Time: 70
- 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat and cut into bite-size pieces
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch of freshly ground pepper
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 6 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup dried shrimp, or 3 tablespoons fish sauce, optional
- 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
- 1 14-ounce can chicken broth, reduced-sodium
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 3/4 cup“lite” coconut milk
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, salt, and pepper and sauté, stirring often, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
- Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the pot over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, parsley and garlic, reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and bubbly, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place dried shrimp (if using) in a food processor and process until finely ground. Transfer to a small bowl. Add peanuts to the processor and process until finely ground. Combine the ground shrimp (or fish sauce), if using, with the ground peanuts.
- Add broth, coconut milk and the peanut mixture to the pot. Increase heat to medium, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the reserved chicken and cook until heated through about 2 minutes.