Jollof Rice is a one-pot delicious Nigerian dish. You can skip the chicken and still enjoy flavorful, perfectly cooked rice, which you can serve alongside any grilled meat. There are different versions of this dish, because it got popular in various countries like Ghana and Cameroon, and they have added their own touch to it. Watch the video tutorial in this post and learn how to make this classic African dish!
What is Jollof Rice?
The Jollof Rice Recipe I’m sharing today is simple and straight forward! I have added baked chicken, but you can skip the chicken or replace it with fish. This African delight consists of fluffy rice that’s full of fantastic flavor coming from warm spices and vegetables like bell pepper, onion, and garlic.
Jollof rice is perfect for parties and can be a delicious quick dinner.
Ingredients in Jollof rice
There is a list of ingredients, but fortunately, they are all available in stores, and you might be using them already.
Onion and tomato.
Ginger and garlic.
Carrot and bell pepper.
Oil and butter.
A few warm spices like turmeric, thyme, and curry.
Chicken. You can use a whole chicken or your favorite parts.
How to make Jollof Rice with chicken?
First, you have to bake the chicken and for that, wash and cut the chicken. Season, the chicken with the spices mentioned in the recipe below. Lightly sprinkle the chicken with oil, cover the chicken with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 25 minutes. Keep aside.
In a blender, add the tomatoes, bell pepper, ginger, and garlic and blend until smooth, then keep it aside.
Fry the onion and carrot, and when the onion is translucent, add the pureed tomato and bell pepper. Stir for few minutes and then add the spices and salt.
Later add the tomato paste, water, butter, and chicken bouillon. When the water boils, add the soaked rice and top it with the baked chicken.
Cover the pan and cook until the rice is done.
(More details in the recipe card below.)
Can I use store-bought Rotisserie chicken?
Of course! The rice is full of flavor; it will make the chicken tastes even better.
Can I use short grain rice?
Short grain rice tastes delicious in this jollof rice recipe. Try not to use brown rice since it will take a longer time to cook, and that might dry the chicken.
Other recipes call for hot pepper how come this recipe doesn’t?
It is a personal preference; you can add hot pepper if you wish.
What to serve with Jollof rice?
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