Originally uploaded by FrogTaco

This air conditioner has been in our garage ever since we moved from our old house. We have the wrong kind of windows here, but it just fits this one in the living room, as long as you squint your eyes and tilt your head to the side a bit. The sticks propping it up outside are totally regulation, too.

Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew

Yesterday I asked Rona what she felt like having for dinner, and she suggested “something African.” I started with what I knew we had (chicken, sweet potatoes, and Google) and was inspired to create this stew. It seems somewhat tagine-like, so I say close enough to African. It’s certainly tasty, and very satisfying in the belly.

  • Extra virgin olive oil (sorry, didn’t measure it, but not much)
  • ~3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into spears
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted w/ garlic), partially drained
  • 1 medium yellow onion, stemmed, peeled, & cut into strips
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, peeled & smashed
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • ~1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ~1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Heat oil on medium high in a heavy, large stockpot (I used our awesome French oven)
  2. Lightly brown chicken with rosemary, turmeric, and cumin
  3. Add onion & garlic and saute until onion is soft & translucent
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients
  5. Bring to a boil
  6. Reduce heat to low, cover, simmer until potatoes are soft

I served it with roti/chapati, though I used the ready-to-make version from Costco (“Rotiland,” from Full Circle, the same company that makes the great “Tortillaland” make-them-yourself tortillas they also sell at Costco).

Sorry I didn’t get a photo—too busy eating!

[Inspired by a similar slow-cooker recipe at]

Evan, Rona, Zoey, and Keegan Sass