Ghanaian Nkatenkwan

This Ghanaian dish, called Nkatenkwan or groundnut soup, is popular throughout West Africa. It's typically a creamy chicken-peanut-soup. With our variations, the soup can be modified to your taste. Add a finish of grains of paradise (included). They are native to West Africa, mainly from Ghana, and a mild but pungent alternative to black pepper.
Cuisine Ghanaian
Servings 3


Shopping List

  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 2 cups okra
  • 2 medium tomato/es quartered
  • 5-6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • salt & pepper

Suggested Sides

  • fresh bread
  • rice
  • sweet potatoes
  • yam

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Rosemary, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise whole


  • In a large POT, add 3 cups of broth, onion, ginger, tomatoes, okra, drumsticks, salt & pepper to taste, and Nkatenkwan [1] spices.
  • Bring to boil. Cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Turn heat off. Take drumsticks out and set aside.
  • Transfer soup to a FOOD PROCESSOR and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • In the same POT, heat 2 cups of broth. Add peanut butter and dissolve in the broth over low heat, stirring constantly.
  • Add blended soup and drumsticks. Mix well.
  • Optionally, add more broth for a thinner soup.
  • Cook soup over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
  • On the plated soup, sprinkle Nkatenkwan [2] spices to taste from a grinder or whole.
  • Enjoy!


Notes/ Variations
Substitute drumsticks with 1 lb chicken breast or thighs, cut into pieces, or beef stew. Adjust cooking time and add more broth if necessary.
Substitute okra with green beans, kale, or cabbage.
Substitute peanut butter with other nut butter.
For a clear soup, skip the peanut butter and step 4.
Without food processor: chop onion and grate ginger. In step 3, transfer everything to a BOWL. Skip step 4. In step 6, return everything to the POT.
Keyword grains of paradise