Lunch and Dinner, Main Dishes, Middle Eastern Recipes, Rice

Halal Cart Chicken and Rice

a dish of juicy chicken served with yellow rice, chopped vegetables, and white sauce

Are you looking for a taste of New York City street in the comfort of your home? Halal Cart Chicken and Rice is a flavor bomb at a fraction of the price and from anywhere across the country. It tastes as good as the original and the best part is that you don’t have to wait in line to get it!

Halal cart chicken served with rice and chopped vegetables drizzled with white sauce
The best way to enjoy a guilt-free meal.

Halal Chicken and Rice, Your New Obsession!

This flavorful Halal Cart Chicken and Rice recipe will surely captivate your heart and the hearts of your family. There’s no way you won’t keep coming back for more, it’s that good!

The juicy and succulent chicken alone is unbeatable. Now, imagine it with the buttery yellow spiced rice and creamy sauce. A heavenly combo!

It comes together in less than an hour which makes it the ideal option when you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch or dinner idea. And don’t worry about marinating the chicken, if you’ve got 30 minutes to spare then you’re good to go, and you can prepare the rice and white sauce in the meantime.

It is the perfect way for you to enjoy a delicious, guilt-free meal. It contains only healthy ingredients that are good for your body.

a perfectly balanced meal featuring chicken and veggies drizzled with white sauce
Indulge yourself with this yummy meal!

What’s the Difference Between Garlic Sauce and White Sauce?

While both of these sauces are somehow similar, they are not the same. Both are garlicky, but obviously, garlic sauce has a more concentrated flavor as it contains more garlic.

Not only the flavor, but the consistency also differs. White sauce is on the lighter side whereas garlic sauce is a bit thicker.


Chicken breast or thighs

Fresh oregano

Lemon juice



Garlic powder

Onion powder

Fresh garlic

Olive oil

Coriander powder

Black pepper

For the White Sauce


Greek yogurt


Garlic cloves or garlic sauce

For the Rice

Basmati rice


Coriander powder

Chicken bullion




Warm water


a perfectly cooked chicken served with yellow basmati rice on the side and shredded lettuce
A meal you will definitely love!

Steps to Prep

First, add the marinade ingredients to the chicken and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes. 

Then, cook on the stovetop on high heat for 10-12 mins until dark in color and liquids evaporate. 

For the Rice

Start by adding the butter to a pot and let it melt.

Next, add the rice and spices, and mix.

Then, add the warm water, and let it boil before lowering it to low.

After that, cover it and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Finally, mix the sauce ingredients and serve over the chicken and salad.

What to Serve with This Cart Chicken and Rice Recipe

Double the fun and serve this halal chicken and rice with something that will take it to another level of deliciousness!

What can be better than a refreshing bowl of salad alongside this main dish? Try my Arabic Chopped Salad (Salata Arabiyeh) with it and I’m sure you will be a fan.

If not, you can top your dish with a little bit of shredded lettuce, chopped cucumber, tomatoes, and parsley if you like.

You could also serve it with some pita bread on the side to scoop up. If you’re feeling a little extra, you could do Bazlama (Turkish Flatbread).

Middle Eastern people love serving pickled vegetables with many things, so you could do some pickles, Makdous, or any other thing of your choice.

You could definitely play around with the sauces. If you’re up for some experimenting and you can handle spicy food, you might want to try it with this Palestinian Tatbeeleh (Shatta) (Spicy Salsa) or Garlic Sauce – Middle Eastern Toum.

Variations for Halal Chicken and Rice

a dish of juicy chicken served with yellow rice, chopped vegetables, and white sauce
An irresistible meal.

Pro Tips

This recipe calls for basmati rice. If it is not available, you can replace it with regular rice or any long-grain rice.

You can customize the spices and seasoning to your liking. Feel free to adjust the herbs, spices, and seasonings to your preference.

This recipe is perfect for making ahead of time; all you have to do is freeze portions in the freezer, which should last for up to 3 months.

Get the Best Marinade For Baked Chicken recipe by clicking the link.

Storage Tips

Halal guys copycat chicken recipe drizzled with sauce and served with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes
This will dish will make you fall head over heels.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it better to use chicken breasts or chicken thighs?

This is of course up to your personal preference, but chicken breasts are more likely to dry out, whereas chicken thighs will remain juicy. It is also ideal to go for boneless chicken.

For how long should I marinate the chicken?

You should marinate the chicken for 30 minutes minimum to a maximum of 4 hours. Make sure not to over-marinate your chicken as it might get mushy.

Can I make Halal Cart Chicken and Rice vegetarian or vegan?

You can adapt the recipe by using tofu as a plant-based protein. For the white sauce, choose vegan yogurt or mayonnaise.

Recipes You Need To Try:

Aromatic Spiced Yellow Rice

Garlic Sauce – Middle Eastern Toum

Chicken Shawarma Rice Bowls

Saudi Chicken Kabsa

Yemeni Chicken Mandi

Mediterranean Style Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing

Middle Eastern Spiced Baked Chicken

Best Marinade For Baked Chicken

Authentic Middle Eastern Chicken Shawarma

Restaurant Style Butter Chicken (cheat version)

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a perfectly balanced meal featuring chicken and veggies drizzled with white sauce

Halal Cart Chicken and Rice

Halal cart chicken and rice is a tasty recipe consisting of yellow rice and juicy chicken drizzled with white sauce. The best part is that you won't have to wait in lines to get it and it comes together in an hour. Try it today!
5 from 14 votes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4 people
Calories 843 kcal


  • pounds chicken breast or thighs
  • tablespoons fresh oregano or dry
  • 1 lemon juice
  • teaspoons salt
  • teaspoons paprika
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

For the White Sauce

  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Salt or to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic or 2 tablespoons garlic sauce

For the Rice

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bullion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt to taste careful not to over salt, bullion contains it.
  • ½ teaspoon Black pepper
  • 4 cups hot water
  • ¼ cup butter


  • Add the marinade ingredients to the chicken and let it marinate for at least 30 mins.
  • Cook on the stovetop on high heat for 10-12 mins until dark in color and liquids evaporated.

For the Rice

  • Add the butter to a pot and let it melt.
  • Add the rice and spices, mix, then add the warm water.
  • Let it boil before lowering to low, cover and let it simmer for 20 mins.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients together and serve over the chicken and salad.


  • This recipe calls for basmati rice, if it was not available for you, then you can replace it with regular rice or any long-grain rice.
  • If you want to keep your leftovers, you can store the chicken and rice together in the same container or separately. 
  • This chicken recipe is perfect for making ahead of time; all you have to do is freeze portions in the freezer, which should last for up to 3 months.


Calories: 843kcalCarbohydrates: 81gProtein: 13gFat: 52gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 1749mgPotassium: 292mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 750IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 115mgIron: 2mg
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17 thoughts on “Halal Cart Chicken and Rice

  1. Safia says:

    5 stars
    This is the first recipe I’ve tried from the website and I am in love I am a home cook and I don’t usually follow recipes because that’s just how I roll but I decided to follow exactly and I am impressed to say the least. I actually have a large family so I quadrupled the recipe, can’t wait to try more recipes in the near future.

  2. Bushra says:

    5 stars
    Wow this was so easy for a weeknight meal and didn’t even have to marinate the night before. The crunchy chicken bits on high heat were delish! Apologies to my local shawarma place – I can’t come ever again 😂😂

  3. Elise says:

    5 stars
    This was sooooo delicious! Simple to execute, and stellar results.

  4. Jeanna says:

    5 stars
    Yay for this recipe! I have moved from a huge metropolitan area with diverse food choices to a small town with limited fare. I’ve been pretty much cooking everything at home and this hit the spot for us! Looking forward to exploring more recipes on your blog.

  5. Heidi says:

    5 stars
    I made this recipe on Sunday night and it was soooo good! In fact, it was so good my husband requested I make it again on Thursday for dinner. The recipe is very easy to follow, uses ingredients that I had on hand and it turned out perfectly BOTH times.

    The chicken was flavorful and juicy on its own but with the addition of the (very easy to make) white sauce this meal became spectacular! Add in the buttery and flavorful rice and it becomes a company worthy meal. Will definitely be making this regularly!

    Thank you for sharing your recipes!!

  6. Fatimah says:

    5 stars
    WALLAH NO JOKE THE BEST DISH EVER. My family and I make this at least every weekend haha 😋and it’s 1000 times better during Ramadan after fasting all day!

    We all take turns making a part of the dish, I make the rice and salad and my sisters make the sauce and marinate the chicken and my mom and dad grill the chicken. It’s so comforting and I highly recommend making this! Thank you Fatimah!

  7. Abir K says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!! This was the first time I tried any of Falasateeni Foodie’s recipes and it was amazing. So easy to make, so quick and flavorful. I added it to my list of recipes. My husband loved it too so I will making it again for sure. I made 1 cup of rice for 1.4 lbs of chicken thighs. We are eating less carbs during Ramadan.

  8. Yasmeen Baajour says:

    5 stars
    Hubby loved it! So filling and gets all the nutrients covered in one dish 🙂

  9. katelynn bullen says:

    5 stars
    My kids love this! they request it atleast once a week 😅 It’s so easy to make, and quick and soooo flavorful! definitely a must try 🙂

  10. Yaz says:

    I have been looking for this recipe for so long, and I am SO glad to have found it!!!
    I have one question—I see there is a red sauce in the picture as well. What kind of sauce is that?

    1. Fatimah says:

      So glad you found it! Its sriracha, but I like combining it with a little white sauce too!

      1. Yaz says:

        Thank you so much! I can’t wait to make it 😍😍

  11. Najah says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe. The sauce was amazing.

  12. Abir says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely in love with this recipe! So easy to make, fool proof and tastes amazing. We love it so much at home now, it’s my go to recipe when I’m in a hurry and need something delicious quickly. I will not try any other recipe!

  13. Sumaiyya says:

    5 stars
    My family and I love this recipe! I make it at least once a week and always double the chicken. So easy to make and so flavorful. My 2 year old toddler devours it too which is s huge win.

  14. Tanz says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe, it’s so easy and the results are amazing. JazakALLAH for sharing your yummy recipes.

  15. nicole says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe so much!!!! I tried this recipe for the first time a couple months ago and I won’t use any other recipe!!! This is exactly what I remember it tasting like!!! Perfection!!!!

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