Senegalese Lemon Chicken

Senegalese Lemon ChickenRecipe
Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
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.


8 servings (serving size: about 4 ounces chicken, 2/3 cup stew, and 1/2 cup rice)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 422
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 13.6 g
Satfat 3 g
Monofat 5.5 g
Polyfat 3.6 g
Protein 32.7 g
Carbohydrate 40.4 g
Fiber 3.6 g
Cholesterol 99 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 704 mg
Calcium 48 mg


6 cups sliced onion (about 3 pounds)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
4 chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds), skinned
4 chicken leg quarters (about 2 pounds), skinned
Cooking spray
1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 cups thinly sliced carrot
1 1/2 cups less-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed olives
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Scotch bonnet pepper, pierced with a fork
4 cups hot cooked long-grain rice


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.

Preheat broiler.

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.

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.


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