• Hyattsville MD

    Chez Dior

    Yassa Chicken

    chicken / onions / salt / hot sauce powder / secret seasoning / garlic powder / black pepper / blenaje (green pepper, yellow pepper, jalapeño) / white vinegar / mustard / lemon

    Chez Dior's yassa chicken tantalizes the taste buds with its flavorful and aromatic profile. The dish starts with succulent chicken drumsticks seasoned with a blend of spices, including salt, hot sauce powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and a secret seasoning. The chicken is then grilled and a generous amount of onions is cooked down to create a savory sauce that beautifully complements the meat. Yassa chicken is known for its balance of flavors, where the tanginess of lemon and mustard harmonizes with the natural sweetness of the caramelized onions. This mouthwatering delicacy is often served with jollof rice, another Senegalese specialty, creating a delightful and satisfying culinary experience.

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    From Prep to Plate

    Hosts Seth Tillman heads to Maryland Senegalese restaurant Chez Dior to explore the world of Senegalese cuisine with owners Mamadou Fall and Binette Seck. As Fall explains, Chez Dior is one of the few Senegalese restaurants in the DMV area, and one of the first. Seck shows Tillman how to make Senegalese yassa chicken, using a special blend of spices, including black pepper, mustard, and her secret seasoning. She grills the chicken to perfection and combines it with onions to infuse it with even more flavor. 

    The food is simultaneously foreign and familiar, a mix of comforting grill smoke and funky West African flavors — sour and fermented, sweet and hot.

    Tim Carmen, The Washington Post

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