How To Cook Quick Tasty Nigerian Chicken Stew With Pounded Tomatoes

A serving of chicken stew with boiled rice.
This method of cooking chicken stew is best with hard chicken, live chicken (Not Agric fowl) and orobo hard. The chicken is not
fried or dried in anyway. It retains its juicy taste and nutrients.When chicken stew is cooked this way, the good taste of well fried tomatoe seeps into the chicken and gives it an awesome taste.

I like my soups and stews a little bit watery. If you prefer thick stews and soups, you cook with less water. I added much water to get enough chicken stock. I like to also see some warra (not oil) on the bottom of my plate when I'm done eating rice.

This method of cooking stew whether with beef or chicken does not fail, it gives great results. Boiling tomato takes away that sour, slappy, raw tomato taste. It also takes out excess moisture and kind of saves you the stress of boiling blended tomatoes for hours. Boiled tomato is already sweet on its own and does not require extra boiling to excess water.  To make it drier and thicker, you can press the boiled tomatoes in the strainer with a spoon or your palms.

Please, no
bashing for watery stew o, you can make yours as thick and dry as you want. #IDonTalkMyOwn.
First boil chicken with salt and onion
Wash and dice ripe tomatoes
 Ingredients For Tomatoes Chicken Stew:

  1. 1Live large chicken
  2. salt
  3. onion
  4. water
  5. 1 small basket tomatoes
  6. 5 large Fresh peppers
  7. 1 teaspoon curry powder
  8. seasoning cubes 2
  9. soya oil

Boiling diced tomatoes while chicken cooks
Drain water from boiled tomatoes and pound or blend
Pounding boiled tomatoes with a mortar and pestle
Fry pounded tomatoes with onion, seasoning cubes and fresh pepper. Pepper and seasoning were pounded together
Tomatoes is well fried and ready to be mixed with the chicken, while water, salt and seasoning are added to make more chicken  stock
Add fried tomatoes to chicken soup
Adding curry powder to chicken stew, you can add the curry to chicken while boiling. I like it this way
Nigerian tomatoes chicken stew is ready
Tomato Chicken stew served with boiled rice
Sometimes, I blend my tomatoes after boiling. However, today, I chose to pound with a mortar, anything wrong with that? NO! *wink* And please o, Sister Anonymouses, no one should ask whether my blender broke down or not cus it's in great condition. I like me some village tinz sometimes. Incase you don't know city life is tiring and boring, try a Festive weekend at the village.

This stew can be served with spaghetti, macaroni, boiled yam, plantain and boiled irish potatoes.

I love to cook my chicken stew this way because of how it always turns out with this great taste that no one can resist. Adding too many spices will destroy your original chicken stew flavour. If you can, cook this without all those assorted stew spices. A little  curry is just OK. If you think that cooking tomatoes this way does not yield great results, try it and see.
Enjoy!
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Comments

  1. Will definitely try this method, it looks really yummy!

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    1. Thank you Nana, please do. You'll like it.

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  2. Making so much brain.......Me likey :). Though me i like Thick stew sha :D

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    1. Hi Dobby, thick stew is also good.

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  3. Nice. But Aunty Eya why pound when you can do a controlled blend with a blender or use a manual grinder? Any difference?

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    1. Hi Jay, no difference dear.

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  4. I love this but I might try mine with normal hard chicken or even goat meat or catfish. I haven't cooked live chicken from scratch in a while. The smell puts me off.
    BTW, Please do you know where one can get a small to medium sized mortar inside Abuja town? I figure they sell in those outskirt towns but I live within the city centre and don't see myself driving far out of town just to get a mortar.

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    1. I bought from people that sell cooking utensils in Garki market.

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    2. @Adele I hear washing with lemon helps, or you let someone wash and salt for you. Live chicken tastes great in tomato stew.

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    3. You have to drive outside the city, they are displayed along express ways leading to nyanya, kubwa, jikwoyi etc

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    4. Anonymous4/29/2013

      For mortar, go 2 Wuse market. Wr they sell cooking ingredients. Some mallams sell dem der. You don't need to leave town.

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    5. Thanks everyone for your suggestions on where to get a mortar. That's one of the reasons I love this blog. God bless you all!
      @Eya, thanks for this suggestion. I like the idea of washing with lemon. This should give the chicken a different taste apart from eliminating the smell. I think I shall make this on saturday. I'm glad that chicken fits in with my diet plan. :-)

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    1. Thank you Deborah, even with the warning against bashing, some ppl are still bashing me.

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  6. Anonymous4/29/2013

    Sorry but it looks so watery, am not into it. Nice one though

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    1. Thank you, you can make it as thick as you want. I added more water to the stock.

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  7. Anonymous4/29/2013

    Sorry. Doesn't look yummy to me. Extremly watery stew does nothing for me cos it makes the stew tasteless. And the stress of boiling fresh tomatoes, draining and grinding(NOT POUNDING) is too time consuming. Simply blend d tomatoes and boil. I love you Eya but this one is a big NO for me. The chicken doesn't look like part of d stew, as if it was cooked separately. Mmmmmmm

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    1. Anonymous4/29/2013

      My thots exactly

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    2. Anonymous4/29/2013

      Me too...me no likey

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    3. Blend before boiling takes too long to dry. Try it first naa, its you that will come here and say a big thank you.

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    4. Thank you o, I suspect it's one person writing and replying herself. No wahala dear, you can read the crunchy snails recipe.

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    5. Anonymous4/29/2013

      Eya, I am Anon 12:42. I only made d 1st comment. I didn't reply myself like u snidely suggested. Everything u put up musnt be liked. Just learn to accept both positive and negative views. Thank u.

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    6. Anonymous4/30/2013

      @ anon 12:42, sharap jooor. Trying to preach to aunty eya to learn how to accept both +ve and -ve views. She siad it in her post that she likes hers watery, if u like don't add water to yours @ all even while blending you tomatoes. She said it tastes diff, if you don't wanna try it, do you have to comment. Oga for you people sha. Aunty Eya, don't mind the madam too know jare...#tongue out# Oya, attack me oooo, that's if I ever have the time to check sef

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    7. Anonymous4/30/2013

      *your tomatotes

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  8. dortiye4/29/2013

    @ Aunty Eya: nice job... Pls wats d effect of boiling d tomatoes b4 pounding? Is it d same thing as cooking the tomatoes after pounding it? I just need to know d effect it will ve in d taste of d stew

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    1. It gives the tomatoes a different great taste. No sour taste, no raw taste. Blending before boiling takes long to cook.

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  9. Looks nice and I can only imagine how great it will taste. Will definitely try out this method. Thanks for sharing Ma'am :)

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    1. Thank you Semira, long time. Welcome back!

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  10. Adding the fried stew to the boiled chicken is something I've never tried. Thanks for the tip. Looks yummy!

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    1. Thank you GreenBiro. When you add, cover and allow the pot to simmer.

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  11. Nice one Eya. I've been boiling my tomatoes before blending,since I first saw it here. It has been one of the best things I've learnt here. My stews now taste so nice and different! Hugs!

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    1. Awww! @Funke, you just made my day. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Chiomz4/29/2013

    Aunty Eya wen did u start getting bored abt d bashing....just ignor ok..i tot we promised to grow thick skin....its ur blog, ur passion, ur story, so u can tell it aw eva u want it ok...*much love

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    1. @Chiomz I'm trying o. Thank you.

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  13. aunty eya, my dad would definitely love this, so far he can see and taste the fresh tomato n "life chicken" lol. this is really good, i can only imagine the taste. youre good. *winks*

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    1. Hahahahah! Thank you Chi. Please make this for him.

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  14. Anonymous4/29/2013

    Doesn't frying the chicken and adding to chicken stock make it too oily? Cos the chicken has its own oil. And also this looks like soup not stew.
    Lastly, I prefer blending/ grinding my tomatoes before cooking cos all the flavored interact.(I always blend tomatoes with ginger, pepper and onions) and the stew always taste good. I have never experienced this sour or bitter taste you are saying. Another trick is that I allow the tomatoes to slow cook over low heat so the flavored can mix well.
    I think boiling the tomatoes and cooking it again is not the best cos apart from over cooking, boiling the tomatoes takes out a lot of flavor from it. Thank you Aunt. Eya

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    1. Anonymous4/29/2013

      Eat only raw tomatoes so that you retain all flavour and nutrients. Lie lie.

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    2. Anonymous4/29/2013

      Did Eya fry the chicken? Go see your optician again.

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    3. Anonymous4/29/2013

      Send your pics lets see.

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    4. Thank you, I also blend tomatoes with onion, pepper, ginger and garlic sometimes. This is just a different method. I like changing my methods for different flavours. Same stew flavour all the time can be boring.
      Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  15. Very nice Eya
    I use this type of stew with fried snails and smoked fish
    How u dey? Shey everyting dey kampe?
    Abeg take care
    xxxxx

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    1. Hi Naija Mum In London, how are you today? I dey kampe O, no worry eh, our pidgin English blog I go soon update am.
      I will cooking with fried snails next time, makes sense.
      Thank you o.

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  16. Anonymous4/29/2013

    Anty Eya, pls sori 2 ask - Is food processor, juice extractor and blender, r they d same thing? Tnx #coveringface#

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    1. Anonymous4/29/2013

      No they're not the same thing

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    2. Anonymous4/29/2013

      Pls wats d difference? Tnx a lot!!! #stillcoveringface#

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    3. They do have some similarities, a blenders's main function is to blend, mix soft food and liquids.
      A food processor's function is to chop, shred, grate, slice or mix either soft or hard food. A food processor as a wider work bowl and very sharp blades for chopping food.
      There are also combination blender/processor units in the market.
      Hope this helps.

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    4. *has a wider work bowl

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    5. A juice extractor(juicer) is used for extracting juice from fruits, herbs or vegetables. The act of extracting the juice is called juicing.
      Are you OK now?

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  17. Thank u soooo much for all the tips,you are indeed a home saver .lots of hugs.

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  18. Anonymous4/29/2013

    My mum use to cook this for us o. I will try it and see if I get that taste again. She usually cook it with the native rice and sometimes will add iru to the sauce. Nice one eya.I can't put my name cos my work won't permit o. But love ur blog babe. one of these days I will send u a recipe and pic

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    1. Yeah, I think iru gives it another nice flavour. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait for your pics.
      btw, your comment was found sleeping in my spam box. I just posted it.

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  19. Anonymous4/29/2013

    Eya, this is so not cool. I posted a coment saw It, then It vanished. Some of us won't just put our names there for some reason and that is why we have d anon in d select profile. I said my mum use to cook this and u zaped it off? Good luck with ur blog

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    1. No, I haven't deleted any comment here today. It may have been spammed. I will go check my spam box and publish if it's there.
      Sorry.

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  20. Anonymous4/29/2013

    This one na tomatoe pepper soup, am sure it was a mistake.Eya I hv seen ur stew and this one doesn't look like it.Thanks

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    1. My dear, it's not a mistake o, I hate to eat the same taste everyday. That's how I cook. If you give me the same ingredients everyday, I will not give you the same flavour everyday. Yes, I have published other pots of stew here.

      I can see you are not a new follower.
      Thank you.

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  21. dortiye4/29/2013

    @ Critics: many of u visit dis blog, learn a lot yet u don't show appreciation until u feel u've seen sumtin u want 2 criticize... Can u even boil water? No cookin is ever d-same, same way we ve bad days we also ve bad cooking days... Please, na God chineke name I use beg una, make una learn 2 appreciate Aunty Eya, wat she is giving us for free esp recipes re wat people pay huge some 2 learn from catering school... My fellow commenters pls learn 2 show gratitude. Thx

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    1. Hmmmmm!(Sigh of relief) So, some bloggers have my back o.
      Thank you Dortiye.

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    2. Anonymous4/29/2013

      Good to kn u didn't delete. Tanks Eya and tumbs up.

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  22. Anonymous4/29/2013

    Aunty Eya,may God continue to bless you.Hav learnt so much from your blog.God has used you to bless and save my marriage.My husband has just been managing my food for the past 3yrs .Hav been trying out so many of your dishes and the compliments just kip rolling in.I made the beach coconut rice yesterday and the taste was superb.I really appreciate you.

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    1. You need to see me smiling here right now. Thank you for sharing this. It makes me feel better. We all should thank God because I too have really learnt a lot from you guys. May his name be praised. Love to your husband.
      Thanks.

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  23. Anonymous4/29/2013

    Hi Eya I'd like to know if I can still boil frozen tomatoes like u did,will I get d same results? cos I usually buy my foodstuff in bulk and store saves me money and regular market trips.Good job on ur informative blog btw!

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  24. What I do is boil, fry and the freeze. I have never tried freezing raw tomatoes.

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    1. Now, I think you'll still get great results. Boiling them will make no difference if they were ripe before freezing.

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  25. Anonymous4/29/2013

    Awwwww sum pple re ingrates really,dis woman owes none of us wat she does.we learn everyday n bcos u've neva seen sumthin doesn't min it doesn't exist.dis style is wat my mum calls 'imoyo' its a yoruba word,she loves her chicken stew jus like dis.its always so tasty(madam dat said it won't av taste,mayb ur maggi don finish 4house :|)pls kip up d good work Aunty eya,God will reward u.

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    1. Thanks too, may you continue to enjoy more imoyos with enough maggi.

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  26. Anonymous4/30/2013

    Anty I love U tanx . God bless U. Oyinkan.

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    1. Thank you Oyinkan, God bless you too.

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  27. @ Aunty Eya:dats how it ought 2b... Even in d bible wen we show appreciation 4 wat God has done he'll surely do more... I'm glad I soften d heart of my fellow commenters 2 learn 2 show appreciation. Thank u so much aunty Eya, u don even turn 2 marriage repairer sef, like u've repaired Anon 8:57's marriage. Just imagine how many more u must ve repaired but dey've refuse 2 admit it (pride)... As 4 me I've been anonymously learning a lot using (Dortiye) but now I'm out (Timi Johnson). I don talk too much sef, Final Advice: please as u learn any recipe from dis blessed, life saving, marriage repair etc blog pls alwys find time as well to show appreciation...Aunty Eya dey scratch our itching back pls help her sratch hers by being grateful. DAT's ALL *wink*

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    1. What? So this is Dortiye, @Timi, thanks for showing yourself and for the wonderful appreciation. To God alone be all the glory.

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  28. I hate it when pple just run
    their bad mouth, it gets to me so much as if na me be you o.
    As for that tomatoe stew u posted, i like it so much. I think i have a
    solution to all dis bad belle(s), differentiate between stew and soup
    in ur subsequent post & lets title our "imoyo" as soup instead of stew
    ( sebi i can use my soup to eat what i like now)....if they like, let
    them come & talk again, i'll personal handle them myself.
    Have a glorious week teacher ( am a teacher too so i knw wat it means
    to rubbish ones work), kisses to your most supportive family.

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  29. Nice one.

    Wish I could do a book outta ur blog and keep 4 my kids....
    *incase d internet fails*

    Keep it up.

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    1. Omoghe, don't worry about the internet, it won't fail, A book will come one day by God's grace.

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  30. Anonymous5/06/2013

    Hhhhhhhmmmmmm aunty yea pls how do I upload pix here I have never regreted trying out any food I see on this blog. And I snap all I cook with my phone my husband who sometimes says he is ok wen I ask him what he will eat now pings to ask what I am cooking and now takes breakfast to the office. He took unripe plantain and egg source with scent leave to the office today , ur blog is were I run to wen I am confused on what to cook cos I end up getting varieties, I have never added crayfish to egg source till I came across ur blog it really added a nice teast to the source. I just finished making the chicken stew teast realllllllllllllllllllly good the rice is boiling on the fire waiting for my oga at the top . I made it watery just like urs and used blender in blending the tomatoes and pepper. Thanks a million . Lady C.J

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    1. Hi Lady C.J. Thank you for this testimony. Thanks for trying out my recipes.
      You can send pics to cuulme@gmail

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  31. thanks for your wonderful cooking tips. Making this tomorrow.

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  32. Anonymous6/03/2013

    anty eya, pls no vex as i never see this method before 2 things to ask u. 1) do u boil the tomatoes with or without water? 2) what do u then do with the water drained from the tomatoes?thanks a bunch..

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  33. Anonymous10/02/2013

    Too much pepper in my stew HELP!! Full pot can throw it away...!!! *crying* lol

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