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How to prepare ‘Gambian Chicken Yassa’ (+Video)

Chicken Yassa is a Senegalese stew which is also known as Yassa au poulet.

The chicken is marinated with lemon and mustard for hours before it been cooked.  This sauce is popular all over West Africa, it can be found in Gambia, Guinea, Ivory coast and many other African countries.

Yassa can also be made with beef, Lamb or fish. The sauce mainly consists of onions.

Cooking Ingredients

1. 1-2 chickens cut into serving pieces

2. 6-8 large onions, sliced

3. tablespoons of Dijon-style mustard

4. 3 heads of garlic (optional)

5. 1 cup of red vinegar

6. 2 fresh chili peppers

7. 1 teaspoon of dried chili peppers

8. 1 tablespoon of black pepper (freshly ground)

9. 6 Maggi © cubes

10. 1 bay leaf

11. 6 lemons or limes

12. Salt to taste

13. Cooking oil

Cooking Method

1. Wash the chicken pieces and dry them with a clean cloth.

2. Now score the chicken and set aside for later.

3. In a large cooking-pot, mix the onions, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, bay leaf, mustard, vinegar and chilies.

4. Now add the chicken pieces, stirring in well – preferably by hand.


5. Let the chicken marinate for at least one hour. (For the best results you can keep the chicken marinating in the fridge for several hours or overnight).

6. Before any cooking, remove the chicken pieces from the marinade; and, grill, over charcoal, until done on both sides.

7. Remove the onions from the marinade; sauté gently in a little oil until soft and brown.

8. Add the marinade and cook for five minutes.

9. To this, add the chicken pieces and half a cup of water.

10. Cover with lid and simmer for approximately 30 minutes or until the chicken is properly cooked; adding the Maggi cubes, salt and pepper to taste.

11. Serve with plain boiled rice (preferably Basmati Rice).

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