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chicken majbous
Chicken Majboos
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Chicken majboos is a traditional spiced Arab rice dish that is similar to Indian biryani.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Omani
Servings: 4 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
Ingredients
  • cups basmati rice
  • 4 chicken breasts , diced
  • 2 onions , finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 2 slices preserved lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 large tomato , peeled and seeded
  • 1 cup white raisins
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A pinch saffron , infused in warm water
  • 10 pods cardamom , crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • ½ bunch cilantro , chopped
  • 4 tablespoons pine nuts , roasted
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
For the sauce
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber , peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • A few mint leaves
Instructions
Chicken Majboos
  1. Cook rice in salted boiling water according to the time indicated on the package.
  2. Drain the rice and set aside.
  3. In a little olive oil over medium heat, brown the chicken with the onion and garlic until reaching a light golden color.
  4. Add turmeric, cinnamon, masala, cardamom, saffron, preserved lemon, tomato, raisins and lemon juice.
  5. Add salt and pepper.
  6. Stir regularly for 3 minutes, then add boiling water.
  7. Simmer until the sauce if a little creamy.
  8. Finally, add the rice and mix well.
  9. Sprinkle cilantro and pine nuts and serve.
Sauce
  1. Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate.