Poulet Yassa is one of Senegals most popular dishes which features lemon-marinated grilled chicken simmered in a spicy onion sauce.

 

Poulet Yassa is one of Senegals most popular dishes which features lemon-marinated grilled chicken simmered in a spicy onion sauce.

 

I first came across this dish when a Gambian friend of mine served it a dinner party a few years ago and I must confess I was completely taken. Before dinner was over, I made sure I bagged the recipe, in addition to a full belly.  The amount of onions in the recipe caught my attention – and yes, poulet yassa does involve more than one onion.

 

This dish is deceptively easy to make. First you tenderise the chicken by marinating in lemon juice overnight, and then traditionally, you would char-grill the chicken over an open fire, and then simmer the sauce to perfection after caramelising the onions.

 

Poulet Yassa is one of Senegals most popular dishes which features lemon-marinated grilled chicken simmered in a spicy onion sauce.

 

I marinated my chicken for 4 hours which worked but if you are resourceful enough to plan ahead, do marinate overnight. It is well worth it! I had to substitute charcoal grilling with oven grilling and I have to say it tasted just as good.

 

Poulet Yassa is one of Senegals most popular dishes which features lemon-marinated grilled chicken simmered in a spicy onion sauce.

 

I also dialled up the heat factor as the original recipe called for 1 chilli pepper. I ended up using 2 chilli peppers but be guided by your palate. I got one enthusiastic thumbs up when the meal was served – from hubby, who asked for seconds. My 6-year old was not too impressed, but no hard feelings…6-year olds are a tough bunch to please anyway.

 

Let me know what you think.

 


 

Senegalese Poulet Yassa
Senegalese Poulet Yassa
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Poulet Yassa is one of Senegals most popular dishes which features lemon-marinated grilled chicken simmered in a spicy onion sauce.
Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 4 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 4 hours
Senegalese Poulet Yassa
Senegalese Poulet Yassa
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Poulet Yassa is one of Senegals most popular dishes which features lemon-marinated grilled chicken simmered in a spicy onion sauce.
Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 4 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 4 hours
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  1. In a glass bowl, combine the chicken, onions, garlic, ginger, and chilli peppers. Squeeze the lemon juices into the bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of oil into the mix. Mix until all the ingredients are coated in the lemon and oil. Leave to marinate for a minimum of 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  2. Grill the chicken for 20 – 25 minutes, and then transfer to a hot plate, Cover with foil and keep warm.
  3. Drain the juices from the onion mix and set aside. Add 0.5 tablespoon of olive oil into a pan and when hot, sauté the onions until caramelised. Add the juices you had set aside to the pan, and some water, and a stock cube or chicken stock. Cover and allow to simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
  4. In the last 10 minutes of simmering, leave the pan uncovered so that the sauce reduces to a thicker consistency. Taste the sauce and add 1 tablespoon of sugar if the sauce is too lemony for your liking.
  5. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, transfer the chicken to the pan to simmer in the sauce before serving.
  6. Serve with rice or steamed plantains

 

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Nutrition Facts
Senegalese Poulet Yassa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 575mg 24%
Potassium 595mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 20g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 174%
Calcium 6%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The information shown is an estimate, and does not replace a professional nutritionist’s advice.

 


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Emem
Afro-fusion Food Lover.
Sustainable Food Advocate.
Completely nuts about Avocado.

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