Recipe: Senegalese Chicken Yassa: A Healthy and Flavorful Option

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Senegalese Chicken Yassa, or better still Poulet Yassa, is a peculiar Senegalese dish traditionally prepared with tender chicken, lots of caramelized onions, dijon mustard, lemony sauce, hot peppers, olive oil, and other spices. It has a tangy, smoky taste that’s irresistible!

Usually, you’ll marinate and grill the chicken in the oven before sautéing it in a sauce rich in caramelized onions and other spices. The most significant ingredients in Senegalese Chicken Yassa are onions and Dijon mustard. This adds a remarkable depth of flavor to the dish, giving it a mouthwatering, sweet taste.

If you’re salivating already, hold on! Here’s how to prepare Senegalese Chicken Yassa.

How to Prepare Senegalese Chicken Yassa.

Cooking Senegalese Chicken Yassa. Image Source: Mrsdrewry’s Food licensed under CC BY 2.0
Cooking Senegalese Chicken Yassa. Image Source: Mrsdrewry’s Food licensed under CC BY 2.0

With this dish, you’ll need chicken thighs since they’re more tender and contain more meat. However, you can use other parts of the chicken according to your preference. 

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need:

Ingredients

Some ingredients of Senegalese Chicken Yassa. Image Source: Freepik  licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Some ingredients of Senegalese Chicken Yassa. Image Source: Freepik  licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Spices
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Hot pepper like the scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil 
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 3 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Chicken Stock
  • 1 ½ cup Chicken Broth
  • 4 Large Onions, Sliced
  • 1 ½  kilo Chicken Thighs
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 Garlic cloves, Peeled

Step-by-step Instructions

  1. Wash your chicken and place it in a large bowl.  Make a few slits on the chicken to allow the spices to penetrate easily.
  2. You can chop the garlic or blend it with other spices and add salt.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the garlic, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, other spices and salt with the sliced onions, olive oil, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard.
  4. Use the mixture to marinate the chicken. You can also choose to marinate the chicken with just the spices. 
  5. Leave it in the fridge for 2 hours to properly marinate. For the best result, it’s best to leave your chicken in the mixture and let it marinate in the fridge overnight.
  6. Take the chicken out of the mixture and place it aside.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400°F. You can choose to use a skillet or grill.
  8. Place the chicken on a sheet pan and bake at 400°F for 30 minutes until golden brown. You can insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken, and it should read between 165°F-175°F.  
  9. In a pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then add the onion mustard mixture. Saute, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. The onions should be gauzy and start to take on a golden-brown color.
  10. Add the chicken stock, to the onions. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. The onions should be golden and caramelized. You’ll also notice that the stock should have thickened slightly.
  11. Add cooked chicken to the onion mustard sauce using tongs since it’s still hot. Place the chicken thighs in the onion mustard sauce and let it simmer for another 10 minutes then turn the heat off. 

Your nutritious Senegalese Chicken Yassa is ready and you can serve it hot with rice.

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Senegalese Chicken Yassa served with white rice. Image source: Reccetes D’Afrique licensed under CC BY 2.0
Senegalese Chicken Yassa served with white rice. Image source: Reccetes D’Afrique licensed under CC BY 2.0

What Can I Eat Senegalese Chicken Yassa Recipe With?

You can eat the Senegalese Chicken Yassa recipe with rice. It also pairs wonderfully with some delicious side dishes such as keto mashed cauliflower, air fryer green beans, or some simple pot steamed vegetables. 

Tips and Tricks for Making Senegalese Chicken Yassa

Although this recipe is pretty easy to follow, there are some things you should do to ensure the highest quality!

Use Quality Dijon Mustard

The mustard is what brings the sauce together, so the quality of the mustard you use is very important. You can use the original French, which remains America’s favorite mustard. 

Use Enough Onions

The number of sliced onions before cooking may seem daunting. Your first thought might be, “I surely do not need so many onions!” But you need enough onions to prepare Senegalese Chicken Yassa. This is because onions shrink as they cook.

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Cook Your Onions on Low Heat

It’s important to keep the fire on low heat even if you feel tempted to rush the onions. However, making sure they caramelize properly will bring out the natural sweetness. 

Marinate Your Chicken for at Least 2 Hours

This may seem like forever, but the best you can do to kill time is to spice your chicken and marinate it overnight in the refrigerator.

Mrsdrewry’s Food is a food vlogger on Youtube and a content creator who is passionate about African Cuisine. She dedicates most of her time to trying new recipes in the kitchen to share with her audience. She speaks French, English and Twi.

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Senegalese Chicken Yassa. Image source: Je Suis un Petit Cuisinier licensed under CC BY 2.0

Senegalese Chicken Yassa

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Recipe: Senegalese Chicken Yassa: A Healthy and Flavorful OptionSedi Djentuh
Senegalese Chicken Yassa, or better still Poulet Yassa, is a peculiar Senegalese dish traditionally prepared with tender chicken, lots of caramelized onions, dijon mustard, lemony sauce, hot peppers, olive oil, and other spices. It has a tangy, smoky taste that’s irresistible!
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Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine African
Servings 5
Calories 257 kcal

Equipment

Oven
Grill
Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • Spices
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Hot pepper
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 3 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Chicken Stock
  • 1 ½ cup Chicken Broth
  • 4 Large Onions Sliced
  • 1 ½ kilo Chicken Thighs
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 Cloves Of Garlic Peeled

Instructions
 

  • Wash your chicken and place it in a large bowl. Make a few slits on the chicken to allow the spices to penetrate easily.
  • You can chop the garlic or blend it with other spices, and add salt.
  • In a large bowl, mix the garlic, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, other spices and salt with the sliced onions, olive oil, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard.
  • Use the mixture to marinate the chicken. You can also choose to marinate the chicken with just the spices.
  • Leave it in the fridge for 2 hours to properly marinate. For the best result, it’s best to leave your chicken in the mixture and let it marinate in the fridge overnight.
  • Take the chicken out of the mixture and place it aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. You can choose to use a skillet or grill.
  • Place the chicken on a sheet pan and bake at 400°F for 30 minutes until golden brown. You can insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken, and it should read between 165°F-175°F.
  • In a pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then add the onion mustard mixture. Saute, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. The onions should be gauzy and start to take on a golden-brown color.
  • Add the chicken stock, to the onions. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. The onions should be golden and caramelized. You’ll also notice that the stock should have thickened slightly.
  • Add cooked chicken to the onion mustard sauce using tongs since it’s still hot. Place the chicken thighs in the onion mustard sauce and let it simmer for another 10 minutes then turn the heat off.
  • Your nutritious Senegalese Chicken Yassa is ready and you can serve it hot with rice.

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Nutrition

Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 5.5gProtein: 35gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.6gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.9gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 331mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 2g
Keyword Chicken, Dijon Mustard, Lemon juice, Onion, Senegalese Chicken Yassa
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Sedi Djentuh
Sedi Djentuh
Hey, Sedi here, a content writer. She's fascinated by the interplay between people, lifestyle, relationships, tech and communication dedicated to empowering and spreading positive messages about humanity. She's an avid reader and a student of personal weekly workouts. When she's not writing, Sedi is busy advocating for plastic-free earth with her local NGO.

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