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Jollof Rice with Chicken a Nigerian Recipe

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!

Close up image of jollof rice.

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.

Jollof rice served with grilled chicken on the side.

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.

Rice.

Water.

Chicken. You can use a whole chicken or your favorite parts.

Nigerian Jollof rice topped with chicken.

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.)

Fluffy and flavorful jollof rice served on a plate.

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?

Jamaican Brown Chicken Stew.

Chili Chicken Fry.

Roast Chicken.

Jollof Rice is a classic African dish. Perfectly cooked rice with baked chicken. Perfect for parties or as quick dinner. Watch the video in the post to learn how to make this African delight. #jollofrice #africanrecipes #chickenandrice.
Jollof Rice is a classic African dish. Perfectly cooked rice with baked chicken. Perfect for parties or as quick dinner. Watch the video in the post to learn how to make this African delight. #jollofrice #africanrecipes #chickenandrice.

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6 Comments

  1. Mishaal Naeem

    Hi,
    If I use pre-cut chicken, would the time be the same or would it be different? If so, could you please guide me a little.
    Thanks – the recipe looks amazing.

    • Arinacooking

      Hi, the time will be a little less, one way of checking if the chicken is done is by inserting a knife in the chicken and if a little clear water comes out it should be done.

  2. Made this for lunch and absolutely loved it. This recipe is definitely a keeper! It’s absolutely amazing. I used store-bought rotisserie chicken, and the flavour infused into rice so perfectly. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Michelle

    I followed the recipe but the rice was uncooked and I’m trying to cooked it for extra time but I’m not sure if it’s going to work out.

    • Arinacooking

      Hi Michelle, some reasons that could contribute are, you didn’t wait for the water/sauce to boil, you didn’t soak the rice, or it might be the type of rice you used. If the rice used was brown or parboiled it will take a longer time to cook. Hope this helped!