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Chicken Yassa #food of the world

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Food of the World has taken us this month to Senegal the West African country who's cuisine has been influenced by the French and Portuguese along with its African neighbors.  

My oldest sister actually spent some time here learning native dances so she could teach inner city kids about African dance. Check out my post which tells a little about her trip.

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Chicken Yassa is traditionally made by marinating the chicken in lemon juice and then cooking it on a grill. I do not like to marinate chicken that I am keeping the skin on because I think it prevents it from crisping. 

It has been too hot outside to cook on the grill so I browned this chicken and it's vegetables and braised it in a dutch oven which made the meat very tender and really didn't take long. 

The result was a truly multi-ethnic dish. The dijon mustard made it a little French, but it was spicy like African food can be and green olives reminded my family of Spanish and Portuguese cooking. We loved it and plan on making this regularly. 

Chicken Yassa

by Diane Balch
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: entree gluten-free chicken African
Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 1 large sliced onion
  • 1 small red chili pepper chopped or 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 5 medium carrots chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2 chicken breasts about 2.5 pounds
  • 1 lemon zested then sliced
  • 1/2 cup of Manzanilla jarred green olives
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup of peanut or canola oil
  • rice or couscous to serve


1) Put rice or couscous on to cook and pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2) In a dutch oven heat the oil on medium-high heat and brown the chicken skin about 4 minutes per side. Salt the chicken just before you put it in the pan. Set pieces aside.

3) Saute the onions, carrots, pepper in the dutch oven. Add the garlic last and heat for about 1 minute. Do not brown the garlic. Salt vegetables as you put them in the pot.

4) Whisk the dijon with the chicken broth. Pour it into the dutch oven and turn the heat up to high. When it begins to boil. Shut the heat off.

5) Nestle the chicken into the pot. Cover and bake for 15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees. Serve over rice or couscous.

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  1. That looks delicious, Diane! Love how the olives peek through the broth. Can't wait to cook Ethiopian food next month!

    1. Thanks Lydia I enjoy these difference cuisines too.

  2. what a great opportunity for your sister. This has been one of my places to visit and one of my to do dishes. on my list for years since I tried it once at a Senegalese restaurant. I even have a Senegalese friend here in NY who gave me her family recipe but I am still yet to make it :(

    1. I hope you get there some time. My sister said the people were wonderful.

  3. What a flavorful and delicious looking dish. I read your previous post about your sister's visit to Senegal, that is such a great opportunity to learn about a new culture -- she's very lucky and talented.

  4. I agree it was an experience of a life time.

  5. It looks lovely, though as a veggie I would omit the chicken. I have joined in for the first time with an old recipe and linked back, I hope next month to join in with some Ethiopian recipes.


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