Tigua Degué aka Mafé – Chicken in Peanut Butter Sauce

  • Servings: 4

Tigua Degué is the national dish of Mali, a country situated in West Africa.

It is also a popular dish in Senegal where it is known as Mafé.

It is usually cooked with either chicken or meat (beef or lamb), some vegetables and the signature ingredient, peanut butter.

I have cooked this dish to my friends countless times, and they all loved it.


  • 1 chicken, cut in pieces and skin removed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped + 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 celery stick, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into halves
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into four pieces
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into four pieces
  • 1/4 of white or green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • Green beans (optional)
  • 1 green or red chili, to taste
  • 1/2 l of water + 1 organic chicken stock cube
  • Pepper and salt, to taste


Step 1

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over a medium heat. Fry the chicken until slightly coloured then put aside.

Step 2

In the same pot, fry the onions followed by the garlic, celery and bell pepper. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, chili and the peanut butter. Toss for 1 minute then add the water, the stock cube and the chicken pieces.

Step 3

Simmer for 15 minutes before adding the vegetables except the sweet potato which will be added few minutes before the end of the cooking.

Step 4

Season with salt and pepper then cook for about 30 minutes until the sauce thickens and all is cooked through.

Step 5

Serve with the rice of your choice.

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