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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Jollof Rice with Chicken

2 pounds Chicken
3 Onions
12 Tomatoes
15 Kpakpo shito (hot green peppers)
1 tablespoon blend of spices (ginger, garlic, onion, bay leaves, cloves, rosemary)
3 tablespoons tomato puree
1 desertpoon curry
4 cups rice
2 cups cooking oil
2 maggi cubes

First start by cutting up the chicken into equal parts. Then remove the skin and wash thoroughly. Drain of all the liquid.

Add the blend of spices, 1 maggi cube and a bit of salt. Toss it all until all the pieces of chicken are coated. Leave it to marinate in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

While the chicken is marinating, slice the onions, wash and drain the rice ...

.. and blend the tomatoes and pepper.

Place the chicken in a pot and steam until tender. Add a little water (about half a cup)if it starts to run too low in the pot, you don't want burnt chicken. When it is cooked, remove it from the stock, but save the stock for later.

Heat 1 and a half cups of oil in a pan and fry the chicken, turning it over until it is light to golden brown on both sides.

While the chicken is frying, put the remaining half a cup of cooking oil into a big pot (this is the pot to cook the Jollof in) and heat it up.

Toss in the onions and fry till they soften.

When they look translucent, add the curry and fry until the edges start to brown.

Add the blended tomatoes and pepper. Cover for 5 minutes to cook the tomatoes, then uncover and allow it to fry dry, stirring it occassionaly and not letting it stick. Add the chicken stock.

Add the fried chicken, lower the heat and let it simmer so the chicken pieces can soak up all  the wonderful flavour. Stirr occassionally so that it doesn't stick.

When it thickens, take the chicken out taking only the little sauce that is on the chicken. The rest of the sauce in the pot is going towards the Jollof.

As the sauce continues to cook increase the heat again, add half a cup of the oil left over from frying the chicken, then add the tomato puree. Fry this until it is almost sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Add the rice and continue to stir.

Add 4 cups of water and the remaining maggi cube. Stir it all in then taste for salt, keeping in mind that the rice will soak up the water, so don't worry if it is a little less salty than you would like. Reduce the heat to the lowest level, cover with a polythene bag and leave to cook. Check it after 15 minutes, stir it from the bottom, with kitchen prongs, so that it stays fluffy. If it seems dry, spinkle about 1/4 cup of water into it using your hand. Cover it back up and leave to cook some more.

Serve with potato salad. Enjoy!


  1. Can you cook vegetables such as green beans and carrots with the rice?

    1. Yes you can jeanette. just defrost and/or slightly cook the veggies off to the side and add when the rice is nearly done (i.e. 5 minutes) so they aren't soggy.

    2. Thanks Akosua :) Jeanette, I see you got an answer already, sorry for the delay. Did you make yours with the vegetables? Let me know how it turned out.

  2. My children are Ghanaian and I have been searching for a great Chicken and Jollof recipe- I think I have found it! I'm going to make this tonight! We make Waakye and Groundnut Soup with Fufu all the time and this is JUST what we needed!

    1. Hi Sarah Jane, thanks for the lovely comments. How did it turn out?

  3. ive seen many jollof recipes but this one seems like the most simplest to make

  4. will I have to add 15 Kpakpo shito or can I add as many as I want depending on the person?

    1. Lisa you absolutely can. You can even leave them out completely if you can't stand the heat.

  5. I am very please with the way you lay out tour recipe and more so the pics with it. Thank you for sharing!

  6. What can I use instead of kpakpo? Maybe jalapeño?

  7. I am trying this recipe right now, seems straightforward I hope the results are yummy!

  8. Please what's the local name of cloves in your ingredients?

  9. Every recipe of yours is lovely and looks tasty. I was just wondering, do you cook(parboil) the rice before adding it to the stew?



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