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Kabsa

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"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

2 h servings 566 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  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.

Footnotes

  • Editor's Note:
  • If you'd like to make your own baharat, try this recipe.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 566 calories; 20.6 g fat; 70.9 g carbohydrates; 26.1 g protein; 81 mg cholesterol; 1095 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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 f...

Most helpful critical review

I did not care for this recipe. Bland.

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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 f...

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

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

This was good but it is definitely missing some things. We (Palestinians) make it with bell peppers and shredded carrots. We also fry some almonds and yellow raisins at the end and sprinkle th...

My mom's best friend lives in Saudi Arabia, and her husband used to cook this for us when I was younger. While this particular recipe smelled and tasted different than the Kabsa I have had (I k...

I'm only rating the rice although based on its flavor, I know the chicken will be wonderful too! This is exactly the flavor my friend from Lebanon would make in her rice chicken dish. I never k...

Used no salt added tomatoes since it's winter right now and used a recipe for baharat to make my own. Was wonderful- will make again!

I did not care for this recipe. Bland.

This is one of my favorite recipes!! I use either chicken or boil lamb. When sautéing the onions and tomatoes I add some red bell pepper. And when I have brought the water out of the rice, I sti...