Jollof Recipe

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Jollof Recipe

This Jollof recipe is what we call a one-dish wonder. Jollof is a popular rice dish from West Africa. The dish is typically made with long-grain rice, tomatoes, onions, spices, vegetables and meat in a single pot. The ingredients and preparation methods may vary significantly across different regions.

Jollof rice, similar to jambalaya, is a one-pot dish that varies drastically across West African nations, leading to one of the most all-in-good-fun national competitions in the world. See #Jollofwars.

Typically goat meat is used in Jollof rice, but we changed the recipe to use chicken, but I have also seen Jollof recipes using beef as the meat. The meat choice is a personal preference and may change to what is popular in a specific region. Besides the difference in meat choices the other ingredients used in Jollof rice are almost always the same.

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Thank you and happy Jollof cooking.

Recipe Info


Serves: 4


Calories: 588
Carbs: 93g
Fat: 14g
Protein: 13g

Cooking Times

20 min
Preparation Time
0 Hours and 20 Minutes
30 min
Cook Time
0 Hours and 30 Minutes
50 min
Total Time
0 Hours and 50 Minutes




  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan and cook chicken breast, green pepper, onion, celery, ginger, garlic, cayenne and paprika for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the carrot and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme, curry powder and bay leaf and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the peas and rice and sauté for 3 minutes. Season to taste with the salt.
  5. Add the stock, water, bouillon cube and cook, covered for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked.
  6. Garnish with the cilantro and serve warm. Enjoy!

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Simon Brook
This is a delicious Jollof recipe. My husband loves African food and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for publishing this recipe. 5.00

Cathy Stewart
I read the Jollof wars #jollofwars article in the link in the description and find it very interesting. As an editor, I feel I need to publish this somewhere. Thanks for the inspiration. 5.00

Dale Hornett
Amazing Jollof recipe and amazing info about this recipe. Great work. 5.00

Norman Styles
Delicious Jollof recipe. Love it. 5.00

Will Hunter
I used to be located in the US embassy in Ghana and I can remember this delicious dish very well. What a fantastic recipe. Thanks for bringing back great memories. 🙏 5.00

Laeticia Simmons
I can hardly believe my eyes. An African recipe on a website I love. I know what I am going to make for my family this weekend and I am sure they will enjoy the surprise. Well done team. 5.00

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Rating: 5.00 out of 6


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