Exquisite Jollof Rice with Grilled Chicken and Exquisite Seasonings

Exquisite Jollof Rice with Grilled Chicken and Exquisite Seasonings

Jollof Rice is a beloved West African dish that combines vibrant, savory rice cooked in a rich tomato sauce with a variety of flavorful spices. Our recipe adds a twist with grilled chicken marinated in a delectable blend of herbs and spices, offering a delightful textural and flavor contrast. This dish is perfect for special occasions or a hearty family meal.

Description:
Jollof Rice with Grilled Chicken is a hearty and flavorful dish that reflects the rich culinary traditions of West Africa. It features long-grain rice cooked to perfection in a seasoned tomato sauce with bell peppers, onions, and spices. The grilled chicken is marinated and cooked until tender and juicy, making it a perfect companion to the aromatic rice. This dish is not only delicious but also colorful and vibrant, making it a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups long-grain parboiled rice
  • 1 pound chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for heat)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon (for the chicken marinade)

Instructions:

1. Marinate the Chicken:

  1. In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, minced garlic, minced ginger, thyme, smoked paprika, curry powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  2. Add the chicken to the marinade, ensuring each piece is well-coated. Cover and let marinate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight in the refrigerator.

2. Grill the Chicken:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Grill the marinated chicken until it is fully cooked and has nice grill marks, turning occasionally, about 20-25 minutes. Set aside.

3. Prepare the Jollof Rice:

  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until they are translucent.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and diced tomatoes, and cook for about 10 minutes, allowing the tomatoes to reduce and thicken.
  4. Add the chopped bell peppers, thyme, curry powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and black pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Rinse the rice under cold water to remove excess starch, then add the rice to the pot, stirring to coat the rice in the tomato mixture.
  6. Pour in the chicken broth and stir well. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the rice is cooked and has absorbed all the liquid. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

4. Serve:

  1. Fluff the rice with a fork and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  2. Plate the Jollof Rice alongside the grilled chicken, garnishing with fresh herbs if desired.

Enjoy your Exquisite Jollof Rice with Grilled Chicken and Exquisite Seasonings, a delightful and hearty dish that brings the vibrant flavors of West Africa to your table!