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Kabsa Chicken & Rice

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

The National dish of Saudi Arabia, Kabsa is an Arabic mixed rice dish typically eaten on special occasions and holidays. This recipe is a crowd pleasing one pot rice and meat dish perfect for dinner with the family or friends!

Servings: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 45 mins Total Time: 1 hour


  • 2 TBLS O.G. Ghee

  • 1 garlic clove crushed

  • 1 Large onion , diced

  • 1 ½ pounds of chicken (breast, thighs etc. your choice)

  • 1 Cup basmati rice

  • 2 TBLS tomato paste

  • 1 ½ TSP salt

  • 2 Cups chicken stock


  • Soak the rice in tap water for 15 mins

  • Heat the ghee on medium- high and cook the chicken on a deep skillet or pot until browned. Remove chicken and set aside.

  • Quickly add the Kabsa spice and bay leaves, stir for 2 mins or until fragrant.

  • Add garlic & stir for 30 secs then add diced onion and stir for a few more mins

  • Add the rice, tomato paste and salt then stir everything well until distributed.

  • Pour in the chicken stock and add in the chicken from earlier and bring to boil then reduce the heat, and cover.

  • Continue to cook on low for 30 mins or until stock is absorbed.

  • Turn heat off, uncover and let it set for a few minutes.

  • Fluff it up with a fork and serve.

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