This is our founder's favorite dish and the one that her family and friends most often request. Having made it many times over the years, Jainaba has developed her own technique of preparing the most well-known version, Chicken Yassa. She uses a proprietary spice blend that improves on this old classic while retaining its authentic flavor and appeal.
Yassa captures the tropical flavors of Africa with big, bright citrus notes. It is the perfect example of how simple fresh ingredients always make the best dishes. We start by stir frying fresh ginger and garlic to release their bold flavors. We then add gently caramelized onions for sweetness, fresh citrus juice for brightness and balance, smoky paprika and other warm spices to create an exotic essence. Finally, we simmer, slowly, in an imported Dijon mustard sauce, for a rich and complex depth of flavors.
To whip up a quick meal on busy weekdays, simmer covered with chicken, meat, seafood, tofu and/or vegetables. For an extra special meal during the weekend, try our recipe to create the ultimate and most authentic Chicken Yassa experience. You can also use Yassa as a marinade ideally for 24 hours or at least overnight.