Nigerian Jollof Rice with Chicken


Embark on a culinary adventure with Nigerian Jollof Rice with Chicken, a dish that sings with vibrant flavors and colors. This iconic West African meal combines fragrant rice spiced with tomatoes, onions, and peppers, coupled with succulent pieces of chicken, creating a celebration of taste in every bite.

Nigerian Jollof Rice with Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 generous bowl per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 80 mg
  • Sodium: 700 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g


  • Chicken pieces (thighs and drumsticks): 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs)
  • Long grain parboiled rice: 500 g (1.1 lbs)
  • Tomatoes, blended: 4 large
  • Red bell peppers, blended: 2
  • Onions, chopped: 2 large
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 4
  • Scotch bonnet peppers, blended: 1-2 (depending on heat preference)
  • Tomato paste: 70 g (2.5 oz)
  • Chicken stock: 1 liter (34 oz)
  • Thyme: 1 tsp
  • Curry powder: 2 tsp
  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Vegetable oil: For cooking

Method of Preparation

  1. Cook the Chicken: Season chicken with salt, pepper, and curry powder. In a pot, brown the chicken pieces in oil. Remove and set aside.
  2. Make the Sauce: In the same pot, sauté onions and garlic. Add blended tomatoes, peppers, scotch bonnet, and tomato paste. Cook until the sauce thickens.
  3. Prepare the Rice: Wash the rice until water runs clear. Drain.
  4. Combine and Cook: Add the chicken, rice, thyme, bay leaves, and stock to the sauce. Stir gently, cover, and cook on low heat until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  5. Serve: Discard bay leaves and serve hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Rice Preparation: Rinsing the rice helps to remove excess starch, preventing stickiness.
  • Balanced Heat: Adjust the amount of scotch bonnet pepper to control the spiciness.
  • Low and Slow Cooking: Cook the rice on low heat to ensure even cooking without burning.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of rice?

Yes, but cooking times may vary. Basmati is a good alternative.

What if I don't have scotch bonnet peppers?

Substitute with habanero or any hot pepper available.

Can I add vegetables to the Jollof Rice?

Absolutely! Carrots and peas make great additions.