A complex and intense baharat spice blend infuses roast chicken and basmati rice. I have made this like the combinations from the Gulf region by adding spices like loomi (dried lime). Keep this spice mix handy to add to soups, too.

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Baharat Blend:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Mix paprika, black pepper, cumin, coriander, loomi, sumac, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, green cardamom, and black cardamom together to make baharat spice mixture. Set baharat blend aside.

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  • Combine cilantro, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and lemon juice in a resealable plastic bag. Add 1 tablespoon baharat blend. Add chicken pieces, seal, and shake. Marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.

  • Meanwhile, place rice in a large bowl and cover with fresh water. Soak at least 1 hour. Rinse and drain and return to the bowl. Add cashews, almonds, raising, and pistachios. Stir in 1 tablespoon baharat blend. Mix well and set aside.

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a Dutch oven or tagine over medium heat. Add shallot and cook until translucent, 1 to 3 minutes. Turn off heat. Add rice mixture and toss to coat.

  • Remove cilantro from the bag with the chicken. Pour marinated chicken on top of the rice in the Dutch oven; reserve bag. Pour broth into the bag and shake gently; pour over the chicken and rice. Cover Dutch oven.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until rice is soft and chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 75 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

539 calories; 23 g total fat; 85 mg cholesterol; 335 mg sodium. 56.2 g carbohydrates; 32.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2019
i used a pre-made Baharat spice blend made by Manitou trading.I also used only thighs. Great flavor smells absolutely wonderful when cooking. This recipe will be one of my definite go-to's. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2019
i used a pre-made Baharat spice blend made by Manitou trading.I also used only thighs. Great flavor smells absolutely wonderful when cooking. This recipe will be one of my definite go-to's. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2019
i used a pre-made Baharat spice blend made by Manitou trading.I also used only thighs. Great flavor smells absolutely wonderful when cooking. This recipe will be one of my definite go-to's. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2019
It had a wonderful complex flavor - I did not have any loomi - so subbed kefir lime leaf and I doubled the liquid to 2 cups. It tasted like I was at a Middle-Eastern restaurant. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2019
Needs at least one more cup of water. I was skeptical about the amount of liquid but have never pre-soaked rice before and didn't know how much of a difference that would make in need for liquid. Turns out not enough to overcome the 1.5 C rice to 1 C liquid. While the rice came out crunchy we did like the flavors. Read More