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Chicken Kabsa

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A traditional Saudi fragrant rice dish with chicken, this is a lovely dish you should try Chicken Kabsa.

This is one of my variations based on the ingredients I had on hand.


  • 500g chicken pieces
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 cardamom pods bruised
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 stock cubes (optional) / Himalayan pink salt
  • Good crack of pepper
  • 3 tblspns tomato sauce
  • 2-3 potatoes cubed
  • 1.5 cups long-grained rice
  • 2 tblspns dry parsley
Chicken Kabsa, a Saudi fragrant rice dish with chicken
Chicken Kabsa


  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a big pot, except the rice, parsley, and potatoes.
  2. Boil for 15 minutes, then add the potatoes and boil a further 15 minutes.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and add the rice.
  4. Add the parsley and stir well, close the lid of the pot. Steam on low for 15-20 minutes, till most of the water, has been absorbed.
  5. Transfer to an ovenproof dish and bake open at 200 till the rice is dry.
  6. Serve warm.

Prepared, tried, and tested by: Caashifa Adams Young‎ 

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