A close up of Ghanaian Jollof Rice

Ghanaian Jollof Rice

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Ghanaian jollof rice is a jewel of Ghanaian cuisine. It’s a rice dish with meat, vegetables cooked in spices, stock and tomato puree in the form of a stew.



  • 6 large tomatoes, washed
  • 450g (1lb) skinless, deboned chicken thighs, chopped
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2.5cm (1in) fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 red chilli, washed and finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, washed and finely chopped
  • 2 green peppers, washed and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) curry powder
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) tomato puree
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 450g (1lb) white rice, washed
  • 1.5ℓ (6 cups) vegetable stock


  1. Place the tomatoes in a blender and process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Fry the chicken in the oil and cook until browned. You might need to do it in batches. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, gently fry the onion, garlic, ginger and chillies until softened and translucent.
  4. Turn up the heat and add the peppers and carrots. Cook until the vegetables have softened, which should take around 5 minutes.
  5. Add the curry powder, tomato puree, thyme and blended tomato to the mix. Stir and let it reach a bubbling point.
  6. Add the rice and chicken then stir well.
  7. Pour in the vegetable stock, give it a stir then cover the pan with a lid. Turn down the heat so that it reaches a slow simmer.
  8. After around 15 minutes the rice and chicken should be cooked. Check on it every now and then and add more water should the mixture try up.
  9. Serve as a one pot meal.


  • This dish freezes well.
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Ghanaian


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 502
  • Sugar: 14.1 g
  • Sodium: 360 mg
  • Fat: 13.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 65.5 g
  • Fiber: 8.8 g
  • Protein: 33.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 65 mg