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Tieb au Poulet – Chicken and Rice (Mali)

This is a traditional Malian recipe for a classic one-pot dish of chicken, rice and vegetables in a tomato and onion base. Though it comes from Mali, the name of this dish is half Wolof (tieb = rice) and half French (poulet = chicken) so it’s translated as ‘Chicken and Rice’. 

Yield:  6 Servings


600g chicken thighs
60ml tomato purée
2 onions, chopped
250g cracked rice (if you cannot get any, break rice by pulsing in a food processor)
500g vegetables (aubergines, cabbage, carrots, peppers and yams are typical)
4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
oil for frying
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
salt and hot chili powder, to taste
1 Maggi (or bouillon) cube


Wash the chicken then mix with the garlic and parsley.  Heat oil in a pan, add the chicken pieces and fry until nicely browned all over.  Remove the chicken pieces and set aside then add the onions to the oil remaining in the pan and fry for about 6 minutes, or until golden brown.

Season with salt and black pepper then mix the tomato purée with a little hot water and add the fresh tomatoes.  Add this to the onion mixture then bring to a simmer and cover the pot.  Cook for 10 minutes or until the tomatoes have broken down then add the peeled and cubed vegetables.  Add just enough water to cover then bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

At this point return the chicken pieces to the pot, bring back to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes before adjusting the seasoning to taste.  In the meantime, wash and drain the rice then steam for 15 minutes until just over half done.  Drain the rice and stir into the chicken sauce.  Bring back to a simmer, cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until the rice is tender.

After this time check the dish.  The rice should be cooked and the mixture should be almost dry.  If it is not ready, uncover the dish, increase the heat slightly and continue cooking until the dish is almost dry.  Turn onto a serving dish and bring to the table.

Link to My Post on Mali:

Cuisine:  Malian

Main Ingredient:  Chicken

Mali on map of Africa

One thought on “Mali

  1. The chicken was “fall off the bone” good! The rice was excellent but, as always, needed some cheese as good topping. Bravo!

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