Saturday, 3 November 2012

Chicken kabsa

I have tried making kabsa before, so I kept and removed ingredients that worked/did not work. For example, a previous kabsa I have made required orange rind, which I did not like in the kabsa. Please let me know if this recipe is authentic enough, or if there are any changes I should make.

Please also note, if you have never worked in the kitchen, this may not be the first recipe you try out :) (although no harm in being ambitious)

  • Serves: 6-7 people, depending how hungry they are!
  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cooking time: 45-50mins altogether
What you will need:

1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
2 cups of basmati rice, washed and rinsed
2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 onions, diced
4 garlic cloved, diced
4 bay leaves
6 green cardamom pods
5 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 black limes (I do not have this, so I put rind of 1 lime)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cardamom, ground
1 can tomato sauce
1 tomato, diced
1 chicken stock cube
Optional: Pine nuts and raisins for decoration

How to make:

1) Place the oil into a pot and heat for a minute, add the onions and garlic on medium to high heat, until the onions turn golden

2) Add the bay leaves, cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon, black limes, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, ginger and ground cardamom to the pot and allow to sauté for 30 seconds

3) Add the tomato sauce, tomato, and chicken stock cube to the pot. Mix well until the sauce thickens, then reduce heat to medium-low. Add the chicken pieces and allow to sauté for a minute either side.

4) Add water to the pot to completely cover the chicken pieces. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and cook for 35 minutes whilst covered

5) After the chicken has cooked, reserve the broth for use with the rice. In a saucepan, add the rice and enough broth from the chicken so that the rice is completely covered (usually 1 cup rice = 1 + 1/2 cup water). Bring to a boil then turn the heat to low, and cook covered for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place the chicken on a roasting dish in the oven for 5 minutes or until golden

6) Place the cooked rice onto a serving dish, and arrange the chicken pieces on top. Garish with the optional nuts and raisins

I decorated the dish with raisins, and served with greek yoghurt or salad for whoever wants. Let me know if you try this out. Enjoy :)


  1. It looks great but I will make (InshaAllah) any other recipes first :P

    PT: Have a look to my last post and tell me what do you think :)

    1. Aww yes, good idea to try other ones first :) Thanks for the comment

  2. MashAllah this looks really good (:
    I have seen so many recipes for Middle Eastern foods on blogs and now I think I really should try making them :3 Sound hard tho lol

    1. Awww thank you for your comment :)

      Not going to pretend this is easy to make, but it isn't super hard either :) If you've cooked rice before it won't be as difficult if this is the first dish you try! lol. So it all depends on you. No harm in trying though, you learn from your mistakes :)

    2. MashAllah i just saw your blog! It's amazingggg! You can make kabsa with your eyes closed, i am sure! :)

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