Tomato Stew Recipe

Served stew

Our recipe for today has so many names. It is known as Stew, Tomato Stew, African stew and even fresh tomato stew.

It is one of Nigeria’s popular recipes, prepared using fresh tomatoes, pepper, onion, and other ingredients that you will get to find out soon.

Tomato stew is mostly cooked on Sundays or during festive seasons and can be prepared with meat, chicken, turkey or any fish of choice.

Tomato stew is often served with white rice, Ewedu soup, white yam, roasted plantain (dodo), and sometimes white okra soup, etc.

Served with white rice and beans

Sometimes, you may get a sour taste after cooking. To get rid of this sour taste, you can add some potash or baking powder and allow it to boil well with the tomato paste (and this should be added before adding any ingredient to the stew) or you can even use lots of onions when cooking.

Adding a lot of garlic either pounded or chopped gives a great taste as well as a nice aroma to the stew.


  • Small basket of fresh tomato
  • 4 bell pepper
  • 9 habanero pepper
  • 16 chili pepper
  • ½ chicken
  • 2 medium onion
  • 5 cloves of ginger
  • 1 pieces of dried ginger
  • 1 small sachet onga stew (optional)
  • 1 small sachet thyme
  • 4 seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil

For Chicken Seasoning

  • 1 seasoning cube
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp of turmeric or curry
  • 1 small size onion
  • 1 small sachet of thyme

Below is the video containing all the steps in the preparation of the stew recipe.


Wash the pieces of chicken and turn in a suitable pot.

Pieces of chicken 1
Pieces of chicken

Slice in some onions, add the seasoning cube, salt to taste, thyme and the turmeric.

Add water to the level of the pieces chicken, cover the pot and set on heat to cook.

Wash the tomatoes, pepper and slice the onion into a bowl. Grind into a smooth paste.

When the meat is cooked, pack into a bowl, set the vegetable oil on heat and fry.

Note: Frying of the chicken is optional. You can also use the cooked chicken

Turn the grounded tomato paste to the meat stock in the pot and allow to cook till the excess water is completely dried up.

Pound the ginger, garlic and set aside.

Pounded garlic and ginger
Pounded garlic and ginger

Wash the onion and nicely chop into small cubes, and set aside.

Chopped onion
Chopped onion

When the water is dried up, turn the cooked tomato in a bowl and set the pot back on heat.

Add the vegetable oil and allow to heat up a bit.

Add the chopped onion and pounded ginger, garlic. Mix with a spoon and allow to fry for 2 minutes.

After two minutes, turn in the cooked tomato.

Add the seasoning cubes, salt to taste, Onga stew, thyme and the fried chicken.

Mix well with a spoon and allow to fry or cook on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.

And the stew is very ready to be served.

Cooked stew
Cooked stew

Do enjoy and be back for more Nigerian recipes.

Served stew 2
Served stew

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