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African Jollof Rice with Chicken(any protein of your choice) Recipe:

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

African Jollof rice is a delicious and popular dish that is enjoyed in many West African countries. The recipe can vary from region to region, but I'll provide a basic step-by-step process for making Jollof rice:



  • 2 cups long-grain parboiled rice / any white rice of your choice

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped(or yellow)

  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced.

  • 1 can (14 oz) of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon thyme

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)

  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth or water

  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots (optional)

  • 1/2 cup green beans (optional)

  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (optional)

Step 1: Wash the Rice Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear to remove excess starch. Drain and set it aside.

Step 2: Sauté the Aromatics In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onions, red and green bell peppers, garlic, and ginger. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are soft and the onions are translucent.

Step 3: Add the Tomatoes Stir in the crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce and tomato paste (if using). Cook the mixture for another 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomato mixture has reduced and thickened.

Step 4: Seasoning Add thyme, curry powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, white pepper, and salt. Mix well to combine the spices with the tomato mixture.

Step 5: Rice and Broth Add the washed rice to the pot and stir to coat the rice with the tomato mixture. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth or water and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. If you're using frozen or fresh peas and carrots, green beans, or corn, add them at this stage.

Step 6: Cooking the Rice Check the rice periodically and add more broth or water if it starts to stick to the bottom of the pot. Cook until the rice is tender and has absorbed the flavors, typically around 20-30 minutes.

Step 7: Serve Once the rice is cooked and the liquid has been absorbed, fluff the Jollof rice with a fork, and it's ready to serve.

African Jollof rice is often served as a side dish to a variety of proteins, such as grilled chicken, beef, or fish. It's a flavorful and satisfying dish that's perfect for special occasions or everyday

meals. Enjoy!


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