Authentic Chicken-White Pepper Stew Recipe from Ghana

Chicken-White Pepper Stew

Authentic Chicken-White Pepper Stew Recipe from Ghana
Region / culture: Ghana | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Servings: 4


Chicken-White Pepper Stew
Chicken-White Pepper Stew

Chicken-White Pepper Stew is a delicious and comforting dish that is perfect for a cozy family dinner or a special occasion. This stew is packed with flavor from the white pepper, garlic, and other seasonings, making it a hearty and satisfying meal.


This recipe has been passed down through generations and is a classic comfort food dish in many households. The combination of chicken, white pepper, and vegetables creates a flavorful and aromatic stew that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters.


How to prepare

  1. Season the chicken with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic. Place it in a large saucepan, add a bay leaf and 0.25 cup of water, and let it cook for 10 minutes. Make sure to stir once or twice. After cooking, remove the chicken from the saucepan. Heat some oil in a large skillet and brown all sides of the chicken, which should take about 15 minutes. Once browned, remove the chicken and prepare the gravy as follows: brown some flour in oil, add onion and fry for 5 minutes. Add green pepper, tomatoes, and white pepper, and let it cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining water and pour the gravy over the browned chicken in the saucepan. Cover the saucepan and let it cook for 30 minutes.
  2. This recipe serves 4 people.
  3. The total cooking time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.


  • Add diced potatoes or carrots to the stew for added texture and flavor.
  • Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs for a leaner option.
  • Add a splash of white wine or chicken broth for extra depth of flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to season the chicken well before cooking to ensure that it is flavorful.

- Browning the chicken before adding it to the stew adds depth of flavor to the dish.

- Be sure to stir the stew occasionally while it is cooking to prevent sticking and ensure even cooking.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Chicken-White Pepper Stew over rice or with crusty bread for a complete meal. Add a side salad or steamed vegetables for a healthy and balanced dinner.

Cooking Techniques

Browning the chicken before adding it to the stew adds flavor and helps to seal in the juices.

- Simmering the stew over low heat allows the flavors to meld together and creates a rich and flavorful dish.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use black pepper or a combination of black and white pepper if you prefer a spicier stew.

- Substitute chicken broth for water for added flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

The stew can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the Chicken-White Pepper Stew with fresh parsley or a sprinkle of white pepper for a beautiful presentation. Serve it in a large serving bowl or individual bowls for a cozy and inviting meal.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair the Chicken-White Pepper Stew with a crisp green salad and a glass of white wine for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat the stew in a saucepan over low heat until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

This recipe contains approximately 350 calories per serving.


This recipe contains approximately 10 grams of carbohydrates per serving.


This recipe contains approximately 20 grams of fat per serving.


This recipe contains approximately 30 grams of protein per serving.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken-White Pepper Stew is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron.


This recipe contains gluten from the flour used to thicken the gravy.


Chicken-White Pepper Stew is a well-balanced meal that is rich in protein and essential vitamins and minerals. It is a hearty and satisfying dish that is perfect for a family dinner or special occasion.


Chicken-White Pepper Stew is a classic comfort food dish that is perfect for a cozy family dinner or special occasion. Packed with flavor and nutrients, this stew is sure to become a favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a happy one. It was a chilly autumn day, and I was visiting my dear friend Maria in her cozy little cottage nestled in the countryside. As soon as I entered her home, I was greeted by the delicious aroma of simmering spices and herbs.

Maria ushered me into her warm kitchen, where a pot of bubbling stew sat on the stove. She explained that it was her special Chicken-White Pepper Stew, a recipe passed down from her grandmother. The rich aroma of chicken, garlic, onions, and white pepper filled the air, making my mouth water in anticipation.

I watched as Maria deftly added a dash of white pepper to the pot, explaining that it was the key ingredient that gave the stew its unique flavor. She told me that white pepper was a rare and valuable spice, prized for its subtle heat and earthy undertones.

As we sat down to enjoy the steaming bowl of stew, Maria shared with me the story of how she had learned to make it. She recounted how her grandmother, a renowned chef in her village, had taught her the recipe when she was just a young girl.

Her grandmother had taken her under her wing and taught her the secrets of the kitchen, passing down her knowledge of traditional recipes that had been in their family for generations. Maria had watched in awe as her grandmother expertly seasoned and stirred the pot, creating delicious meals that brought joy to their family and friends.

I listened intently as Maria shared the recipe with me, explaining each step in detail and sharing the little tips and tricks that made all the difference. I could see the passion and love she had for cooking reflected in her eyes, and I knew that I had to learn how to make this stew for myself.

After my visit with Maria, I returned home with a renewed sense of purpose. I was determined to master the art of making Chicken-White Pepper Stew and carry on the tradition in my own family. I gathered the ingredients, including a precious jar of white pepper that I had sourced from a specialty spice shop, and set to work in my own kitchen.

As the stew simmered on the stove, filling my home with its tantalizing aroma, I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment. I knew that I was carrying on a tradition that had been passed down through generations, honoring the memories of those who had come before me.

When the stew was finally ready, I sat down to savor the first spoonful, feeling the warmth and comfort of the familiar flavors wash over me. I knew that I had found a new favorite recipe, one that would become a staple in my own family meals for years to come.

And so, the recipe for Chicken-White Pepper Stew became a beloved tradition in my family, just as it had been in Maria's. I shared it with my children and grandchildren, passing down the story of how I had learned to make it and the memories of my dear friend Maria.

To this day, whenever I make Chicken-White Pepper Stew, I think back to that happy autumn day when I first discovered the recipe. It serves as a reminder of the joy and warmth that comes from sharing a delicious meal with loved ones, and the precious memories that are created in the kitchen.


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