Yassa Chicken

– Course                   :    Yassa Chicken 
– Cuisine                   :    Mauritanian
– Prep Time              :    15 minutes
– Cook Time             :    45 minutes
– Total Time             :     60 minutes


  • 2 1/2 -3 pounds Chicken(thighs, legs or breast), skin- on
  • 1-2 lemon sliced, divided
  • 2 Large Onions Sliced (divided)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (divided)
  • 1-2 Bay leaf
  • 2 cubes Maggie (1 Tablespoon Chicken Bouillon)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon or grain mustard .
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper (replace with about 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup or more chicken stock or water


1. Trim chicken of excess fat and pat dry with a cloth or paper napkin ; salt and pepper 

2. Add , onions , 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and Maggie to the chicken. And let it marinate in the fridge about for 2 hours , preferably overnight

3. Preheat a hot barbecue, grill, griddle or frying pan.

4. Place chicken on the grill coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until browned.
5. If using stove top brown chicken on both sides about 5-6 minutes per side , remove and set aside.
6. Heat up sauce pan on medium heat , add oil , remaining  onions , remaining garlic , bay leaves, mustard and the remains of the marinade left over from the chicken. Cook for about 5 minutes .

7. Add chicken to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat, spooning the sauce over the chicken to coat.
Add about a cup of water or chicken stock, lightly season with salt and chicken bouillon or Maggie . cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through about 18-20 minutes .

8. Adjust seasonings ; salt, pepper and Maggie to taste . Turn off heat – remove bayleaf .

9. Arrange the chicken on a plate, top with the lemon and mustard sauce over it. Garnish with the remaining lemon half and serve.


Credit:  https://www.africanbites.com/yassa-chickenpoulet-au-yassa/

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