Poulet Yassa of Guinea

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Most people who are reading this know Spencer. The people who know him better may even understand when he likes something, he can be a bit obsessive about it. This dedication and love makes him a great partner. But say the object of his desire is well… something like onions… Suddenly this passion is endearing in a whole new way. i.e. Do we reaaaaaaally need that many onions in our hash?

However, when Spencer and I first found this recipe, the amount of onion made even Spencer step back, say whoa, then become really excited. I think it wasn’t just the amount of onion, but the overwhelming presence it has over the other ingredients. It is the star. I like onion, but not in an excessive way… I didn’t know if I would enjoy this dish. But I was so pleasantly surprised.

The main hurdle is cutting up the six onions, but it is an easy dish to reconstruct. Marinate the chicken in the lemon juice and onions for several hours, overnight if you’re able. After caramelizing the leftover onions, add the chicken and extra seasonings on the stove. You’ll eventually cook the entire dish an additional 1+ hour in the oven. Serve the chicken over rice, topped with the generous portion of onion. I can’t really describe how this meal tastes because I’ve never had anything like it. Only this: Mm. Mm. Mmm.

Ingredient List

  • Chicken
  • 6 lemons
  • Garlic cloves
  • 6 onions
  • Red pepper or cayenne
  • Oil
  • Bay leaf
  • Salt & pepper
  • Serve over rice

Quick Quotes

Spencer: “Taste was real good. It was a new way to cook the ingredients.”

Teresa: “I enjoyed this meal! New flavors to me.”

Trivial Trifles

  • The official language of Guinea is French
  • The capital of Guinea is Conakry
  • It is sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish from countries Guinea-Bisseau and Equatorial Guinea
  • The majority of people in Guinea are Muslim
  • There are 24 ethnic groups in Guinea, each having their own language



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