Kabsa with chicken

Kabsa with chicken

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CuisineSaudi Recipes
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Servings4 people


  • 1 g ground allspice
  • 0.6 g ground white pepper
  • 2 g dried whole lime powder
  • 55 g butter
  • 1 piece onion, finely chopped
  • 6 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 60 g tomato puree
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 carrots peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves whole garlic cloves
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cumin
  • 1 pinch ground coriander
  • 770 ml hot water
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 415 g unrinsed basmati rice
  • 40 g raisins
  • 25 g toasted slivered almonds
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • In a bowl mix spices together, cinnamon, saffron, cardamom, whitepper, allspice, lime powder
  • In a large pot melt butter then add garlic, onions and keep steering it till the onions are cooks for 5 minutes approximately
  • add the chicken pieces for 10 minutes untill they get brown
  • add the tomato paste and mix
  • In the same pot add canned tomatoes, whole cloves, nutmeg, carrots, coriander, cumin, black pepper, salt, kabsa spices stir them for three minutes and then add water, chicken bouillon cube
  • Bring to boil, then reduce heat and cover, till the chicken is cooked for 30 minutes
  • Gently stir in the rice. Cover the pot until rice is almost cooked and almost dry, for 25 minutes add the raisins and a more hot water if needed
  • Cook for another 10 minutes till the rice is cooked
  • Serve it hot with the chicken and top with nuts
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