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Berbere-Spiced Chicken Thighs
with jollof cauliflower ‘rice’ / mixed greens salad

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Versions of fragrant, red, jollof rice are served in many regions of Africa, so tonight's meal includes a paleo-friendly twist on the dish. When we first started researching jollof rice we loved that it is sometimes referred to as "party rice" because it can be made to feed a crowd. Whether you're serving a few or many, we think you'll love this flavorful sauteed cauliflower rice served with spicy chicken over top.
Smarts: The cauliflower rice should be tender with the grains separate, so adjust the cooking time as needed.


Berbere-Spiced Chicken Thighs:
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Berbere spice - 2 tsp
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 lb
  • Foil - for roasting
Mixed Greens Salad:
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz , chopped
  • Mixed greens - 5 oz
Jollof Cauliflower ‘Rice’:
  • Cauliflower florets - 1 lb
  • Bell peppers, red - 1 , chopped
  • Onions, red and medium - 1/2 , chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , peeled
  • Ginger - 1 tsp , diced
  • Tomatoes, diced and preferably fire-roasted (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Thyme, dried - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/4 cup (sub water)
  • Bay leaf - 1


  1. Make marinade - Whisk together apple cider vinegar, aminos, cooking oil (portion for chicken), and Berbere spice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate chicken - Add chicken to marinade and turn to coat. Tenderize with a fork. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Cauliflower rice - Pulse florets in a food processor until broken up into ‘rice’-sized bits. Watch this video for the full how-to on cauliflower rice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together red or white wine vinegar, mustard, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Bell peppers / Onions / Garlic / Ginger - Prep as directed and combine. (Note: You’ll be blending all of these ingredients, so you can leave them in large pieces as long as your blender can accommodate them.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  6. Make obe ata (Nigerian red pepper sauce for jollof) - In a standing blender, combine bell peppers, onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes (including liquid), and salt. Blend until smooth. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  7. Cucumbers - Chop cucumbers.

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  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Line a sheet pan with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray or brush with some oil.
  2. Pour chicken out on prepared sheet pan, drizzling marinade over top. Season with some salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and bake until chicken is cooked through (165F / 74C), 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. While chicken is roasting, heat a Dutch oven with oil (portion for rice) over medium heat. Add obe ata and simmer, stirring frequently, until it reduces by about half, ~10 minutes. (Note: It may bubble and sputter as it starts cooking, so you can put a lid on it slightly ajar to minimize splatter.)
  4. To obe ata, add dried thyme, turmeric, stock, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Boil until mixture reduces to a thick, creamy paste, 5 to 6 minutes more.
  5. Reduce to a low simmer and stir in cauliflower rice. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until cauliflower is tender (be careful not to overcook), 3 to 4 minutes. Taste and season with some salt, if needed.
  6. Remove Dutch oven from heat and place a lid on top, slightly ajar, to keep it warm.
  7. Remove bay leaf from cauliflower rice.
  8. Toss cucumbers and mixed greens with vinaigrette. Season with some black pepper on top.
  9. Serve chicken over cauliflower rice with salad on the side. Enjoy!



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