Jollof Rice is a popular West African casserole of chicken, rice and vegetables in a mild tomato curry sauce. Full of interesting flavors yet mild enough to please picky palates, this is a great dish for the whole family. Plus it's dairy-free, gluten-free and it all cooks in one pot.
When Jollof rice first landed on our dinner table, my family had never tasted or even heard of Jollof rice, yet it felt familiar. It's that comforting one-pot chicken and rice dish many of us know and love, the kind of dish that is cooked in kitchens across the globe, each slightly different from the next and each wonderful in its own special way.
Rice is a staple food through Ghana and Jollof rice is their most popular rice dish. Now it's popular in my house too!
HOW TO MAKE JOLLOF RICE
This recipe is easily manageable on a weeknight. Dinner will be on the table in about an hour.
- To start, cut boneless chicken breasts into bite-sized cubes and marinate them for ten minutes in a mixture of chopped ginger, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Next, heat oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven, and lightly brown the chicken, in batches. Set the chicken aside and use the same pot to sauté the garlic, ginger, bell peppers and carrots. Add curry powder and let it toast in the pan, as you stir, for a minute or so. Next add tomato paste, chicken broth and raw rice. Mix thoroughly so the rice is well-coated.
- Add the chicken back to the pot and pour in the rest of the broth and tomato puree. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover the pot and cook the casserole in a 350º oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven to add the peas. Then continue to cook for another 20-25 minutes until the rice is tender.
So many good things packed into one casserole. And having only pot to wash is a nice perk.
What to serve with Jollof Rice
You don't necessarily need a side dish with Jollof rice, however a cool crisp salad alongside a warm comforting casserole is always nice. This butter lettuce salad with citrus honey dressing is a good choice. Or this green salad. If you want a green vegetable on the side, I suggest sautéed spinach with garlic.
Craving Chicken and Rice Casseroles? Here are a few more of my favorites from around the globe:
- Tachin Joojeh: Persian Layered Chicken and Rice with Yogurt
- Chicken Plov
- Spicy Chicken Jambalaya
- Arroz Con Pollo
- Indian Chicken Biryani
And here's one more wonderful Ghanaian recipe you don't want to miss! Peanut Stew with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
A big thank you to Hippocrene Books for sending me The Ghana Cookbook, in which I discovered Jollof Rice. If you're looking for more delicious Ghanaian recipes, I highly recommend The Ghana Cookbook.
If you’re interested in knowing more about the green pot I used for this recipe, it’s The Le Crueset 5-quart Round Braiser. It’s perfect for cooking this type of casserole, plus it looks great on the table, if you’re serving family-style.
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