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How To Make Delicious Yassa Chicken At Home

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Yassa Chicken is also known as Poulet Au Yassa- a widely popular recipe. This mouth-water dish includes succulent chicken with mustard and caramelized onions. If you love onion in dishes, then you will definitely love this Yassa chicken – overloaded with onion. 

You can easily get chicken thighs, breasts, and legs from the market. If you want to cut the chicken breast into two pieces, then place your hand on top of the breast. Use another hand to cut the breast into two pieces. 

No matter what kind of technique you use to cut the breast, all you want is two pieces of chicken breast. The reason behind cutting the large breast into two pieces is that small pieces will cool faster. 

The chicken you use for making this dish can be fried or grilled. It is mixed with mustard, fresh lemon juice, seasoning. Keep the flame low and let the ingredients mix well. Wait until you get the amazing aroma and let it turn juicy. We have already explained that you can choose either fried or grilled based on your choice. This recipe is loved by most people even if they are not a big fan of lemon-rich items.

If you do not like the overpowering flavor of lemon, then you can adjust the lemon juice accordingly. Satisfy your taste bud by adjusting the amount of lemon juice in the dish. To get a flavorful kick in this dish, add hot peppers and a few bay leaves.  

The Yassa chicken is versatile, fantastic, and amazing. It is perfect for an elegant dinner party as a centerpiece or weeknight. You can easily do the preparation a day before the party. Remove the excess marinade before start grilling the chicken. This chicken Yassa history is related to Casamance.This French-inspired dish is adapted by the Senegalese, especially in the Casamance area. Let’s discuss the recipe for preparing this dish.


  • Chicken (thighs, legs, or breast), skin-on (2 1/2 -3 pounds)
  • Lemon (1-2 sliced)
  • Onions ( 2 large sliced)
  • Garlic and Cloves (minced)
  • Bay leaf 1-2
  • Chicken Bouillon 1 Tablespoon
  • Olive oil 1/4 cup
  • Dijon or Grain Mustard (2 Tablespoons)
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper
  • chicken stock Or Water (1 cup or more)

Right Method


Take a food processor, mix together the roughly chopped onions, spring onion, pepper, chilies, parsley, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Also, add mustard and juice of a lemon. Mix it properly so that all flavors get blended.


Now put this marinade in one large bowl along with chicken pieces. Also, add finely chopped onions to it. Toss the mixture and leave it for a couple of hours. Toss it properly before leaving it for the marination.


Precisely heat up the oven for 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. It is time to take out the chicken from marination and remove the excess of it. Place the marinated chicken on the baking tray. Roast it in the oven for approximately 45 minutes. Make sure that your chicken converts into deep golden brown.  


When the chicken is roasting in the oven, you should take a wide pan and heat some oil in it. Let the oil heat up and add the marination and onions. Stir the mixture for some time to create the Yassa sauce. Now, add a small amount of vinegar, bay, salt, and pepper. You should cook the mixture over medium-high heat for approximately 35 to 40 minutes. You should continually stir the mixture inside the pan until the onion starts to turn a little bit brown. Finally, add lemon juice to it and continually stir the mixture.


Once your mixture is cooked, then you can add the roasted chicken and some olives as well. Cover the pan and cook it for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Keep the flame low so that all the flavors inside the pan mix well. If possible, then you should sprinkle a little bit of extra parsley over it. Finally, serve it with rice, couscous, or vermicelli.

Chicken Yassa tastes amazing when it is hot. So, we recommend you serve it hot with plain white rice. Rice will soak the delicious sauce and you can easily eat this dish as a meal. While transferring the chicken, you should be careful. Otherwise, it may fall apart.  


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