One popular dish from Senegal is called Yassa Poulet, which is a flavorful chicken dish marinated in lemon and onion sauce. Here’s a recipe for Yassa Poulet:


  • 4-6 chicken legs or thighs
  • 2 large onions, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon bouillon powder or 1 cube
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cups cooked rice, for serving
  • Sliced green onions and parsley, for garnish


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced onions, lemon juice, vegetable oil, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, bouillon powder, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together well.
  2. Add the chicken legs or thighs to the mixing bowl and coat them well with the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  4. Transfer the chicken and the marinade to a large baking dish. Arrange the chicken legs or thighs in a single layer in the dish, making sure they are well coated with the marinade.
  5. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the chicken is cooked through and golden brown on the outside.
  6. While the chicken is baking, cook the rice according to the package directions.
  7. Serve the Yassa Poulet hot over the cooked rice.
  8. Garnish with sliced green onions and parsley.

Enjoy this delicious and tangy Senegalese chicken dish with your favorite side dishes!



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