Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield
8 servings (serving size: about 4 ounces chicken, 2/3 cup stew, and 1/2 cup rice)

This chicken stew, called yassa in Senegal, is the first West African dish I tasted on the continent. Now, it's my good luck dish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 5 ingredients; divide evenly between 2 (1-gallon) heavy-duty zip-top plastic bags. Divide chicken evenly between bags; seal bags. Toss each bag well to coat. Refrigerate 3 hours, turning bags occasionally.

Step 2

Preheat broiler.

Step 3

Remove chicken from bags, reserving marinade. Place chicken on broiler rack coated with cooking spray; broil 6 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.

Step 4

Strain marinade through a colander over a bowl, reserving marinade and onion. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Add reserved marinade; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute; add chicken, carrot, broth, olives, water, mustard, and Scotch bonnet pepper. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until chicken is done. Discard Scotch bonnet. Serve over rice.

Chef's Notes

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