Authentic Saudi Chicken Kabsa

The traditional Saudi Kabsa is a dish consisting of crispy, golden chicken, fragrant rice, and toasted almonds.



Chicken Yellow onion Garlic cloves Dry lemon Cinnamon sticks Dried bay leaf Cardamom pods Whole cloves Tomato Olive oil Tomato sauce Kabsa spices Basmati rice Chicken broth Water Salt

Tilted Brush Stroke

To a pot, add olive oil and your finely diced onions. Brown on medium high heat

Thick Brush Stroke

Add the garlic cloves and sauté until fragrant; you can add a spicy pepper here if you like.

Next, add the chicken, whole spices and mix together, then sauté for 2-3 minutes, and add the ground spices and mix again.

Then, add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, pureed tomato, and water.  Now, mix well, cover, and let it come to a rolling boil for 5 minutes before lowering the heat to medium and letting it simmer for half an hour or until cooked.

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After that, remove the whole spices from the broth and save the remaining broth. Then remove the chicken and add it to a pan or air fryer to crisp up. I broiled for a few minutes.

For the Rice

Add the rice to a pot along with the salt and the broth. If not enough broth is left, top the remaining amount with water.

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Let it come to a rolling boil for 5 minutes before covering and simmering on low for 15-20 minutes.

For Assembly

Transfer the cooked rice to a large serving platter and place the chicken on top of it. You can also garnish with freshly chopped parsley, toasted almonds, or pine nuts if you want to add some crunchy texture.

Serve with fresh salad, hot sauce, or yogurt, and enjoy!

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