4 pounds chicken pieces, white and dark
2 large onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pumpkin or butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided
1 1/2 cups chicken broth, heated
1/4 cup lemon juice, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped peanuts


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In 9 by 13-inch baking dish, place onions and pumpkin (or squash). In medium bowl, stir together peanut butter, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the cayenne pepper. Gradually stir in hot chicken broth, melting the peanut butter. Stir in half of the lemon juice. Pour over the pumpkin and onions.
2. Place chicken on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle chicken with remaining salt, cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Sprinkle black pepper over chicken. Bake for 1 hour, until pumpkin is tender and fork can be inserted in chicken with ease. Sprinkle with peanuts.

When you cook in Nigeria, you cook not just for friends and family, but for anyone who may stop by, according to a popular folk saying. And in the cuisine of this West African nation of 114 million, the most populous in all of Africa, chicken is often a popular choice. Chicken Baked with Pumpkin and Peanuts uses a combination of white and dark chicken parts to create a tasty one-dish meal. Peanut butter and cayenne pepper add hearty flavors to the chicken. The dish is topped with another Nigerian favorite, groundnuts, known in the U.S. as shelled peanuts. Serve this chicken dinner over white rice for a perfect cold-weather meal.

Chicken Baked with Pumpkin
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