5 from 1 vote
al kabsa
Al Kabsa
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs
Al kabsa is a traditional delicious chicken and rice dish from Saudi Arabia that is prepared with raisins, almonds, pistachios and pine nuts.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Saudi
Servings: 8 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • cup long grain rice
  • 4 onions , chopped
  • 5 tomatoes , peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 8 chicken thighs , with skin
  • 5 oz. golden raisins
  • 5 oz. almonds , thinly sliced
  • 3 oz. pine nuts
  • 3 oz. pistachios
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons ground cardamom
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons grated nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  1. Cook the chicken in a large volume of salted water with 1 chopped onion, the cinnamon sticks and bay leaves for 1 hour.
  2. Filter the broth and set aside.
  3. Place the chicken pieces in an baking dish and brown for 20 minutes in an oven preheated at 350 F.
  4. Remove the skin of the chicken, shred it as soon as it comes out of the oven and set aside.
  5. In a bowl, take one to two ladles of chicken stock and add the raisins to rehydrate.
  6. Rinse the rice several times under cold water until the water is clear.
  7. Place the drained rice in a salad bowl, add the spices (cloves, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, paprika and salt) and mix well.
  8. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and sweat the remaining onions, then add the tomatoes, and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes.
  9. Then add the rice and cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
  10. Pour 8 cups of chicken broth (add water if necessary) and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat, cover and cook covered for about 30 minutes.
  11. In a pan, melt the butter and toast the dried fruits (almonds, pine nuts, pistachios) for a few minutes until they turn light brown. Add the drained raisins and stir well for 2 to 3 minutes.
  12. Dress the dish on a large platter. Start with the rice, then top with shredded chicken. Sprinkle the dried fruits on the rice and around the dish.