Nigerian rice and peas with stew

Nigerian chicken stew
Rice and peas served with Nigerian stew and dodo | Photo: Courtesy of Instagram

Spruce up your family and dinner meals with this delicious take on rice and peas. Freshly cooked rice and peas is served with Nigerian chicken stew prepared with boneless chicken and rich spices. This easy step-by-step recipe for Nigerian chicken stew and rice and peas makes for a delicious dinner, and pairs well with fried plantains (dodo).


Rice and peas

  • Long grain parboiled white rice
  • 400g can red kidney beans
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • Salt (Optional)


  • 6 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1kg boneless chicken, diced
  • 3 red bell peppers, chopped 
  • 2 red onion, chopped 
  • 2 habanero peppers, chopped 
  • 6 cloves garlic 
  • 350g tomato paste 
  • 1 cup water (200ml) 
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (220 ml) 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary 
  • 1 teaspoon paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder 
  • 2 bouillon cubes 
  • Rice and peas, cooked, for serving 
  • Dodo (fried plantain), for serving 
  • Fresh veggie mix, for serving 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Pepper to taste


Rice and peas

  1. Wash and drain rice with cold water.
  2. In a cooking pot, add the rice, stir well and add the water and coconut milk. Bring to the boil.
  3. Add the kidney beans and cooked together until the rice is done. Season with pepper and spices of choice, if desired.


  1. In a blender, combine fresh tomatoes, red bell peppers, half of the chopped red onion, habanero peppers, garlic cloves and blend until puree smooth.
  2. Using a large pot, heat vegetable oil up on medium-high heat.
  3. Add the remaining tomato and chopped onion. Stir fry until fragrant.
  4. Now add the chicken, or meat of choice, if using any. Then stir in rosemary, paprika, curry powder, and bouillon cubes. Cook until the chicken is cooked through, for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the blended tomato mixture.
  6. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and allow to simmer at low heat for 30 minutes, until the stew has thickened to your desired choice. Add salt and pepper to taste, adjust seasoning if needed.
  7. Remove stew from heat and allow to cool.
  8. Serve with rice and peas. Garnish with fried plantains and salad, if desired.
  9. Enjoy!

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