Kabsa
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    1 h 30 m
  • Ready In

    2 h
Zahra
Recipe by  Zahra

“This is a traditional Saudi Arabian rice and chicken dish, though Arabs of every country know and love this dish. It has a lot of spices which makes it full of flavor. Baharat (Arabic 7-spice mix) can be found at Middle Eastern grocery stores.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

  1. Place chicken thighs, drumsticks, and breasts into a large pan and pour in 6 cups water; stir in 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup chopped onion, bay leaves, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until chicken is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove chicken, strain the broth, and retain 4 cups of broth.
  2. While chicken is simmering, rinse basmati rice thoroughly until water runs clear. Place into a bowl and mix in 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, cardamom pods, whole cloves, nutmeg, baharat spice mix, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and black pepper. Let the rice sit while you complete remaining steps.
  3. Soak golden raisins with 1/3 cup water in a small bowl. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon butter in a large pan. Cook and stir 2 cups onion with tomatoes until vegetables soften, about 10 minutes. Mix in the seasoned rice and cook until rice grains are hot, 2 to 3 minutes; pour in reserved 4 cups of chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Mix in soaked golden raisins. Place 3 tablespoons butter into the pan, let melt, and turn heat to low; simmer covered until rice is tender, about 45 minutes.
  4. Tear chicken meat off the bones into bite-size pieces. Spread the rice onto a large serving platter and distribute cooked chicken over the rice to serve.

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Reviews (10)

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booboo
6

booboo

I made this tonight hoping it would be good and my husband and I loved it!!

Louise
6

Louise

Thank you. I will be cooking this today. :)

reillycm
3

reillycm

We worked in Saudi Arabia for nearly 24 years (we are Canadian) and loved the Saudi people & their wonderful hospitality. I tried this dish in an attempt to recapture the essence of the great food Saudi Arabia offers & was delighted with the result. Thank you Zahra! cmr in Vancouver, Canada

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 566 cal
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 20.6 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs
  • 70.9 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 26.1 g
  • 52%
  • Cholesterol
  • 81 mg
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 1095 mg
  • 44%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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