Nigerian Jollof Rice

Nigerian Jollof Rice

This chicken and rice dish is popular in Nigeria. It is reminiscent of Creole rice which is more familiar to North Americans. The recipe doubles well if you want to make a big batch.

Ingredients

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1/2 lb (0.3 kg) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch (2.5 cm) pieces
  • 1 cup (250 mL) onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) red hot chili peppers, diced
  • 4 cups (1 L) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 carrots, medium, diced into ½-inch pieces
  • 1/2 green peppers, medium, diced into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 oz (115 g) green beans, fresh
  • 4 oz (115 g) brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, large
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (25 mL) tomato paste
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) salt
  • 2 cups (500 mL) long grain brown rice , dry
  • 8 leaves lettuce
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) cilantro, minced
  • 1 egg, medium, hard boiled
  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom pot. Cut boneless, skinless chicken breast into ½ inch (1.25 cm) pieces. Add to hot oil and sauté until golden brown.

  2. Push to one side and add the diced onion, minced garlic and red hot chile pepper (optional) and sauté a few minutes until softened.

  3. Add the chicken broth, cover and simmer on low heat while you prepare the vegetables.

  4. Dice the carrots and green pepper into ½ inch (1.25 cm) pieces. Slice green beans into 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces. Slice the mushrooms. Add to the chicken and broth mixture and stir.

  5. Dice the fresh tomatoes. Add to the pot with the tomato paste and salt, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.

  6. Finally, stir in the uncooked rice. Cover and simmer slowly on low heat 45 minutes or until rice is tender. It may be necessary to sprinkle additional broth or water to help the rice cook. Use small amounts as needed. Stir along the way so the rice doesn’t stick.

  7. To serve, line a serving platter with lettuce leaves. Mound rice down centre piled high. Garnish with minced cilantro and slices of hard cooked egg.

If you want a gluten-free version make sure you use a gluten-free chicken broth.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 300 g serving Amount
  • Calories 280
  • Protein 15 g
  • Fat 5 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.5 g
  • Carbohydrate 46 g
  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sugar 5 g
  • Cholesterol 45 mg
  • Sodium 120 mg
  • Per 300 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 19
  • Calcium 4
  • Iron 10
  • Vitamin A 8
  • Vitamin C 40
  • Vitamin B6 33
  • Vitamin B12 16
  • Folate 12
  • Magnesium 38
  • Zinc 19

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