Chicken Yassa is a popular dish from the West African country of Senegal, specifically from the Wolof ethnic group. The dish is known for its bold and tangy flavors, and is typically made with marinated chicken that is grilled or baked, and served with a side of rice or couscous. In this recipe, we will be using bone-in chicken thighs, which are marinated in a flavorful mixture of onions, garlic, mustard, and lemon juice.
Calories and Nutrition Information: This recipe serves 4 people, and each serving contains approximately 450 calories, 32g of protein, 23g of fat, and 25g of carbohydrates.
Allergy Concerns: This recipe contains mustard, which may be an allergen for some people. If you have a mustard allergy, you can omit the mustard from the recipe or use a substitute, such as honey or apple cider vinegar.
Spicy Level: This recipe has a medium level of spiciness, which comes from the use of black pepper and red pepper flakes. If you prefer a milder dish, you can reduce the amount of black pepper and red pepper flakes.
Healthy Alternatives: To make this dish healthier, you can use skinless chicken thighs instead of bone-in chicken thighs, which will reduce the amount of fat in the dish. Additionally, you can serve the chicken with a side of steamed vegetables, such as broccoli or green beans.
Kitchen Equipment: For this recipe, you will need a large mixing bowl, a sharp knife, a cutting board, a skillet or grill pan, and a pair of tongs.
4 bone-in chicken thighs
2 large onions, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Dijon mustard (or substitute)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt to taste
Rice or couscous for serving
Bone-in Chicken Thighs: https://www.amazon.com/Butterball-All-Natural-Chicken-Thighs/dp/B07QFRWLFM
Dijon Mustard: https://www.amazon.com/Grey-Poupon-Dijon-Mustard-Jar/dp/B00D3ZLPRU
Olive Oil: https://www.amazon.com/Pompeian-Smooth-Extra-Virgin-Olive/dp/B00L9JQU92
Black Pepper: https://www.amazon.com/Simply-Organic-Black-Pepper-Grinder/dp/B005T6PM36
Red Pepper Flakes: https://www.amazon.com/McCormick-Crushed-Pepper-1-5-Ounce-Containers/dp/B000NIBV5Y
In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced onions, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and salt to taste.
Add the chicken thighs to the bowl and toss to coat them evenly in the marinade.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight if possible.
Preheat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any excess marinade
Place the chicken thighs in the skillet or grill pan and cook for about 6-8 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy.
Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the skillet or grill pan and place it on a plate to rest for a few minutes.
While the chicken is resting, pour the remaining marinade into the skillet or grill pan and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft and the sauce has thickened slightly.
Serve the chicken with the onion sauce and a side of rice or couscous.
Enjoy your delicious and flavorful Chicken Yassa!