My husband taught me this traditional Egyptian recipe. He says I make it better than his mom did! The trick is knowing exactly when to add the water, giving the chicken enough time to fry a little, but not letting it burn. Serve with rice and stewed vegetables.

Melinda Kreml-Gill


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Rub chicken with salt and pepper.

  • Combine chicken, giblets, and butter in a 5-quart pot over medium heat. Add onion, cloves, cardamom, and bay leaf. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until moisture has evaporated. Cook chicken until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Pour in enough water to just cover the chicken. Simmer until flavors combine, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Vegetable oil can be substituted for the clarified butter.

Nutrition Facts

418 calories; 28.5 g total fat; 109 mg cholesterol; 136 mg sodium. 6.6 g carbohydrates; 32.2 g protein; Full Nutrition