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Yassa Chicken(Poulet au Yassa)

Yassa Chicken (Poulet au Yassa)- A Super Popular Senegalese succulent chicken with caramelized onions and mustard.
Course Main
Cuisine African
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 391kcal
Author Imma


  • 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)
  • 1/4 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


  • Trim chicken of excess fat and pat dry with a cloth or paper napkin ; salt and pepper 
  • 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
  • Preheat a hot barbecue, grill, griddle or frying pan.
  • Place chicken on the grill coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until browned. 
  • If using stove top  brown chicken on both sides about 5-6 minutes per side , remove and set aside.
  • 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 .
  • 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 .
  • Adjust seasonings ; salt, pepper and Maggie to taste . Turn off heat - remove bayleaf .
  • Arrange the chicken on a plate, top with the lemon and mustard sauce over it. Garnish with the remaining lemon half and serve.


Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 1969mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 13.1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2.8mg