Nigerian Style Chicken or Turkey Stew


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Classic Nigerian Combination – Rice and chicken Stew with Plantain

Have I told you about my love for turkey wings? Like have I? omg!!! Turkey wings are my absolute favorite things in the world- okay, maybe not the world but I love em :d. I know the drumstick has more meat but mba, no! I want the wings with all the fatty bits. I think it’s my mother’s fault to be honest. When I was younger, she would buy me whole fried turkey wings, lock me in her room away from preying eyes and watch me eat with so much glee. Ho mehn, to be young again.

I eat a lot of turkey as evident by this oven roasted turkey recipe I shared a while ago, it’s one meat I never get tired of. Turkey stew and plain cooked white or brown rice  and some golden fried plantains will totally rock your world.


Nigerian Turkey stew

Turkey Stew

Now, let me share the secret to great stewed meat – this applies to any type of meat. It’s simple really – it’s the multi step cooking process. Meat like beef and hen are first boiled to tenderize them. They are then dried either by roasting or frying – this is the magic step. This step dries out all the moisture in the meat, this way when the meat is introduced into the stew later on, it has no option but to re-hydrate. This is when the meat actually takes in all the flavors of the stew and become eeweey gooey oozing deliciousness.

Now you know why it’s done!

Recipe Modification: Chicken stew


Nigerian Stew Chicken Recipe

Chicken Stew

I was going to do a separate recipe for chicken stew but honestly there is no point, I do the exact same thing and just swap out turkey for chicken. The only thing to note if you are using Nigerian style tough chicken (layer hen) is that you will have to boil the chicken first before roasting.

Let’s get cooking shall we:

Nigerian Style Chicken or Turkey Stew

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Serves: 15

Don't be alarmed by the amount of oil I made use of in this recipe. As the self proclaimed queen of the reduced oil movement, I am all for zero added oil. however, to properly fry the stew base, we need the oil. Most of it will be skimmed off later.
  • 12 turkey pieces (cut into halves if you prefer) or 20 chicken pieces
  • 6 cups Nigerian stew base
  • 1 medium onion bulb – peeled and halved
  • 1.5 cups vegetable oil (~4 cooking spoons)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Knorr cubes – 4
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon curry
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder (optional )
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  1. Season your turkey or chicken with salt, white pepper and 2 maggi cubes. Place on a lined oven tray and bake at 400F for 25-30 minutes or until visibly shrunken.
  2. Place a large pot on medium heat and heat up the oil. Add in the whole onion and fry for 2-3 minutes. Remove and discard onion
  3. Pour in Stew base and allow to fry for 5 minutes (just cover the pot and walk away)
  4. Add in seasonings and 2-3 cups of water (depending on how thick you like your stew). Stir.
  5. Add in baked turkey / chicken and reduce heat to medium- low. Leave to simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hours stirring on occasion (the longer the better!!). Skim off any excess oil
  6. Serve stew with your choice of side. I highly recommended warm agege bread - ho my days. Enjoy!!

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By |October 6th, 2015|6 Comments


  1. William May 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I just started learning to cook and your tutorial just saved me from creating a Frankenstein in the name of stew

  2. Gaia February 11, 2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Soft chicken??? All chicken has the same texture prior to cooking, please what is the meaning of “Soft Chicken”… ? I’ve spent many years in culinary school and not once have I heard any chef mention “Soft Chickens”…

  3. Simi June 27, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Hi Ronke,old recipe I know lol. Quick question though, I noticed you didn’t boil the chicken first, don’t you need to boil it to soften it first?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 3, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

      I used soft chicken, so there was no reason to boil. If you are using tough chicken then you should definitely boil it.

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