JOLOFF RICE (West Africa)

Joloff rice is a West African rice and chicken dish. Possibly originating in The Gambia, is most popular with the Wolof people of Ghana and Nigeria.

Although there are many variations of this recipe, they all have the same base ingredients. It is a simple and super delicious dish which only needs a fresh side salad!

To Make this recipe, you will need the following:


1 Tbsp Coconut or Olive Oil
4 Chicken Thighs
½ Cup Onions
2 Tbsp Garlic (Minced)
1 Tbsp Ginger (Minced)
1 Tbsp Tomato Paste or Ketchup
1 Cup Crushed or Diced Tomatoes
¼ Tsp Nutmeg
½ Tbsp Red Chili Pepper Flakes
1 Cup Stock plus ½ Cup Water
1 Cup Uncooked Basmati Rice
1 Cup Carrots (Diced)
½ Cup Green Bell Peppers (Diced)


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan, on medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft. Add garlic, ginger, and chicken and cook until chicken starts to brown. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, chili pepper flakes and nutmeg, cooking for another minute.
  2. Pour in water and bring to a rapid boil. Turn heat down to simmer and cook for about 25 minutes.
  3. Add in rice, carrots and bell peppers and then cover and let cook, on lowest heat setting, for another 25-30 minutes or until rice is done.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to serve.


Jollof rice can be enjoyed on its own, but its worth serving it with a fresh green salad.

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