Upside Down Chicken Rice


This is a Mediterranean recipe. You can make it with carrots, rose flower or eggplant. I explain it using carrots. Serve the rice with a salad or plain yogurt.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (6 pound) whole chicken, skin removed and cut into pieces

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks

  • 1 ¼ cups canola oil

  • 4 ½ cups long grain rice, rinsed and drained

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • salt to taste

  • 5 cups chicken broth

  • ¾ cup chopped almonds

  • ¾ cup canola oil, divided

  • ¼ cup pine nuts


  1. Trim any fat off the chicken and wash with water. Place the chicken, onion, cinnamon sticks, and carrots in a pot; fill with water, and boil until the chicken and carrots are done. Reserve the broth, chicken, and carrots.

  2. Remove bones from chicken. Warm 1 1/4 cup canola oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Place chicken and carrots in the pot; fry for 2 minutes.

  3. In a bowl, stir together the rice, ground cinnamon, pepper, and salt. Pour the rice mixture evenly across the top of the chicken without stirring into the chicken. Pour in the chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until rice is tender, 20 to 35 minutes.

  4. Heat 1/2 cup canola oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in chopped almonds, and fry until golden. Remove almonds to paper towels, and drain oil.

  5. Heat 1/4 cup canola oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in pine nuts, and cook until golden. Drain oil, and remove pine nuts to paper towels.

  6. Over a large dish or tray, flip the rice pot upside down, and release the contents onto the tray or dish. Arrange the almonds and pine nuts on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

777 Calories
45g Fat
64g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 777
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 57%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 370mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.