Jollof Rice of Nigeria

Prep Time: 1and 1/2 Hours
Yields: 8 Servings

This dish is common throughout West Africa and can be made with chicken, beef, goat or pork.  Jollof rice can be compared to a cross between red jambalaya and chicken Creole.


1 (2-3 pound) fryer chicken, cut into pieces (breast cut in half, leg and thigh separated)
2 cups uncooked, converted rice
salt and black pepper to taste
cayenne pepper to taste
granulated garlic to taste
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 onions, sliced
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced OR ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes
3 cups chicken stock or broth
1 cup canned tomato sauce
2 tbsps tomato paste
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 pound fresh green beans, cut in 1-inch pieces
2 cups canned black-eyed peas, drained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Season chicken with salt, peppers and granulated garlic.  Toss well and allow to sit in seasoning for 20-30 minutes. In a large cast iron Dutch oven, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Brown chicken on all sides for 10-15 minutes.  Remove chicken, set aside to drain well on paper towels and keep warm.  Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the oil from pot.  Add onions and saute 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned, adding jalapenos half way through cooking time.  Stir in stock, tomato sauce, tomato paste, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper and thyme.  Bring to a rolling boil then reduce to simmer.  Cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring as needed.  Return to a rolling boil, add rice (additional water may be needed), green beans and black-eyed peas.  Reduce to simmer and top with chicken.  Cover and place in preheated oven to cook for 30-45 minutes or until rice and chicken are completely cooked.  Do not stir or remove lid before 30 minutes has elapsed.