Chicken Yassa-Gambia Style Recipe | Authentic African Dish

Chicken Yassa-Gambia style

Chicken Yassa-Gambia Style Recipe | Authentic African Dish
Region / culture: Gambia | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour | Servings: 6


Chicken Yassa-Gambia style
Chicken Yassa-Gambia style

Chicken Yassa is a popular dish in Gambia, known for its bold flavors and tender chicken. This recipe combines tangy mustard, spicy peppers, and sweet onions to create a mouthwatering dish that is sure to impress your taste buds.


Chicken Yassa originated in Senegal and has since spread throughout West Africa, including Gambia. It is a traditional dish that is often served at special occasions and gatherings.


How to prepare

  1. Cut the chicken into quarters and sprinkle with lemon juice and salt.
  2. Grill the chicken and keep it warm. Also, sauté the chicken.
  3. Add all the other ingredients, cover, and cook on low heat until the chicken is tender and the juice is well reduced.
  4. Dish up the chicken and garnish with sliced tomatoes and lemon.
  5. Serve the dish with rice and enjoy eating it with your hands.


  • Add diced vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, or potatoes for added texture and flavor.
  • Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for a lighter version of this dish.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Marinate the chicken in lemon juice and salt for at least an hour before cooking to enhance the flavor.

- Be sure to cook the chicken on low heat to ensure it is tender and juicy.

- Garnish the dish with fresh tomatoes and lemon slices for a pop of color and freshness.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chicken Yassa with a side of fluffy white rice or couscous for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

Grill the chicken before adding it to the sauce to enhance the smoky flavor of the dish.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have mustard, you can use a combination of Dijon mustard and honey as a substitute.

Make Ahead Tips

You can marinate the chicken in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Chicken Yassa in a large platter garnished with fresh herbs and lemon slices for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Chicken Yassa with a crisp white wine or a cold beer to complement the bold flavors of the dish.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chicken Yassa contains approximately 350 calories.


Each serving of Chicken Yassa contains approximately 20 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chicken Yassa contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Chicken Yassa contains approximately 30 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken Yassa is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and potassium.


This recipe contains mustard and may not be suitable for those with mustard allergies.


Chicken Yassa is a balanced meal that provides a good source of protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals.


Chicken Yassa is a flavorful and satisfying dish that is perfect for a special occasion or a weeknight dinner. With its bold flavors and tender chicken, this recipe is sure to become a new favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of anticipation I felt when I first saw this recipe for Chicken Yassa-Gambia style. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Aminata in her cozy kitchen. Aminata had just returned from a trip to Gambia, where she had learned how to make this traditional dish from a local chef.

As soon as she started preparing the ingredients, I could tell that this dish was going to be something special. The aroma of the marinated chicken, the tangy onions, and the fragrant spices filled the air, making my mouth water in anticipation.

Aminata patiently showed me each step of the recipe, explaining the importance of marinating the chicken in a mixture of lemon juice, mustard, and garlic for several hours to ensure that it would be tender and flavorful. She also taught me how to caramelize the onions until they were soft and golden brown, adding a touch of sweetness to the dish.

As we cooked together, Aminata shared stories of her time in Gambia, describing the vibrant markets filled with fresh produce and the friendly people who welcomed her with open arms. She spoke fondly of the traditional music and dance that filled the streets, creating a lively and joyous atmosphere.

As the chicken simmered in the rich tomato sauce, I could hardly contain my excitement. The tantalizing aroma wafting from the pot filled me with a sense of nostalgia, reminding me of my own travels to far-off lands and the delicious meals I had enjoyed along the way.

When the dish was finally ready, we sat down to enjoy it together, savoring each bite and relishing the flavors that transported us to the bustling streets of Gambia. The tender chicken, infused with the tangy marinade and the caramelized onions, was a true delight for the senses.

As I savored each mouthful, I knew that this recipe would become a treasured favorite in my own kitchen. I thanked Aminata for sharing her knowledge and expertise with me, and for introducing me to the culinary delights of Gambia.

Since that day, I have made Chicken Yassa-Gambia style many times, always with a sense of gratitude for the memories and experiences that inspired this dish. It has become a beloved recipe in my family, a way to connect with the flavors and traditions of a distant land, and a reminder of the joy that food can bring to our lives.

As I sit here now, reflecting on that day in Aminata's kitchen, I am filled with a sense of warmth and contentment. The aroma of Chicken Yassa-Gambia style still lingers in the air, bringing back memories of laughter, friendship, and the simple pleasure of sharing a delicious meal with loved ones.

And so, I will continue to cook this recipe with care and love, passing down the tradition to future generations and keeping alive the spirit of adventure and discovery that inspired it. For in the kitchen, as in life, there is always something new to learn and experience, and the joy of sharing good food with good company will never grow old.


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