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Saudi Chicken Kabsa, Exotic Arabian Rice Chicken Dish

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Strongly recommend that you turn your next dinner into a feast with the exotic Saudi Chicken Kabsa; the Arabian style dish made with chicken and rice. Trust me you won’t regret it. The spiced grilled chicken and flavorful rice make this the ultimate choice for any special occasion.
The dish is basically from Saudi Arabia. But, you can find different variations of this dish in the neighboring Arabian countries too.
To be honest, this was the first Arabic dish I ever made and it turned out extremely delicious, a new favorite. Serve it with a fresh mixed cucumber, carrot, lettuce, and tomato salad, preferably with a little lime or lemon. Best Recipe Saudi Chicken Kabsa, Exotic Arabian Rice Chicken Dish Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 1 hr
Serving: 5
Difficulty Level: Medium

This famous Arabian dish needs a little of your skills to make, lets start:

Ingredients & Method for this Saudi Chicken Kabsa Recipe

Ingredients:Saudi Chicken Kabsa, Exotic Arabian Rice Chicken Dish Chicken Stock:
1. Chicken (Thigh pieces) – 3
2. Water (Pani) – 4 Cups
3. Carrot (Gajar) – 1 chopped
4. Onion (Piyaz) – 1 medium
5. Garlic (Lahsan)- 5, 6 cloves
6. Salt (Namak) – 1 tsp

Rice Masala:
1. Rice (Basmati Chawal) – 2 cups
2. Onion (Piyaz) – 1 medium (chopped)
3. Tomato (Tamatar) – 2 medium (chopped)
4. Black Cardamom (Barhi Illaechi) – 2
5. Bay Leaf (Tez Pat) – 4,5
6. Black Pepper Whole (Kali Mirch) – 10-12
7. Lemon dried (Kushk Limu) – 2
8. Turmeric Powder (Haldi) – 1 tsp
9. Garam Masala – 1 tsp
10. Cinnamon Powder (Dar Cheeni) – 1/2 tsp
11. Salt (Namak)- 1 tsp
12. Chicken Cube – 1
13. Capsicum (Shimla Mirch) – 1 small bowl (chopped)
14. Green Chili (Sabz Mirch) – 3, 4

Chicken Marination:
1. Salt (Namak) – 1 tsp
2. Red Chili Powder (Lal Mirch) – 1 tsp
3. Red Chili Flakes (Kutti Lal Mirch) – 1 tsp
4. Paprika Powder (Kashmiri Powder) – 1 tsp
5. Black Pepper (Kali Mirch) – 1tsp Crushed
6. Oil (Tael) – 1 tbsp

Garnish:
1. Carrot – 1 sliced
2. Raisin – 2 tbsp
3. Desi Ghee – 1tbsp
4. Some dry fruits

Preparation of Stock, Rice Masala

1. First we prepare chicken stock. For this put water in a pot and add carrot, onion, garlic, cloves and salt.Prepare Chicken for Saudi Kabsa, Exotic Arabian Rice Chicken Dish 2. Add chicken pieces into the water. After 2 to 3 boils switch of the flame. The chicken pieces are now 70% done.
3. To prepare rice masala, take another pot and add oil and saute onion till light golden. Then add whole spices (black cardamom, bay leaf, black pepper whole and lemon dried). Fry for 1 min.
4. Now add chopped tomatoes and green chili. Fry till all water is dried and tomatoes are cooked.
5. Now, add all powdered spices (turmeric powder, garam masala and cinnamon powder), salt and chicken cube. Fry spices for 1 min, add splash of water, if needed.Prepare rice masala for Saudi Kabsa, Exotic Arabian Rice Chicken Dish 2 6. Add capsicum and mix well.Prepare rice masala for Saudi Kabsa, Exotic Arabian Rice Chicken Dish 3 7. Remove chicken pieces from stock let it cool them for some time.
8. Now, mix all spices (salt, red chili powder, red chili flakes, paprika powder black pepper and oil) for chicken marination.
9. Apply the chicken marination mixture using brush or I recommend rub with your hands.Coat Chicken with spices Saudi Kabsa, Exotic Arabian Rice Chicken Dish 2 10. In a pan or grill brush some oil and grill chicken pieces for 6 to 7 mins.Grill Chicken with spices Saudi Kabsa, Exotic Arabian Rice Chicken Dish 11. While chicken is grilling, add the stock in rice masala we prepared above. When it starts boiling add rice.Now add rice to masala with spices Saudi Kabsa, Exotic Arabian Rice Chicken Dish

Now lets make rice and chicken dazzle together

12. When water is dried from rice, they are 90% done. Meanwhile the chicken pieces are also grilled.Rice is 80% done now, Saudi Kabsa, Exotic Arabian Rice Chicken Dish 13. Now place chicken pieces on top of the 90% done rice. And place a small hot burning coal and cover the pot.Put grilled chicken on top, add coal for smoke touch Kabsa, exotic arab dish 14. Steam on low fire for 15 mins.
15. While rice are on steam prepare garnish.
16. In a pan add 1 tbsp of butter or ghee roast some sliced carrots, almonds and raisins.Garnish Quick Saudi Chicken Kabsa, Exotic Garnish Arabian Rice Chicken Dish
17. After 15 mins, remove the lid squeeze lemon on rice and chicken.
18. Take a big serving dish add rice and then place chicken pieces on top and garnish with toasted almonds, carrots and raisins.
19. Your very own a mouth-watering aromatic Arabic dish is ready to serve and enjoy.Best Recipe Saudi Chicken Kabsa, Exotic Arabian Rice Chicken Dish

Bonus Tips for Saudi Chicken Kabsa

1. Serve it with a fresh mixed cucumber, carrot, lettuce, and tomato salad, preferably with a little lime or lemon.
2. Change your taste away from typically biryani or pulao, try this and serve with either plain yogurt or a yogurt cucumber salad.
3. To plate the dish, spoon the rice in a large tray or serving dish, removing the whole spices as you go. Then add the grilled chicken on top. Then garnish with the toasted almonds, carrots and raisins.

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