mearl223 On October - 3 - 2009

Muchboos (Arabic Chicken-Rice recipe)

An Arabic dish of rice & chicken where the rice is cooked in the chicken broth & topped with the fried chicken, served with dakoos/hot-sauce/tobasco, fresh salad & laban.






PrepTime 10mins – Cookbook 30mins – Serves 5



1 full 1kg chicken
2 large cut onions
1 1″ cinnamon stick
5 cardamoms
3-4 red dried chilies
5 cloves
1/2 tsp pepper corns
3 bay leaves
1/2 tsp garlic-ginger paste
2 tsp salt
cooking oil
1/2 tsp red chili pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cumin pwd
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 glasses rice – washed & drained
4 glasses water

Cooking Instructions:

1. In a pressure cooker/ vessel, fry chopped onions in 2 tbsp heated oil.

2. Add whole spices (cinnamon, cardamoms, red dried chilies, cloves, tsp pepper corns, bay leaves) & fry well.

3. Add the garlic-ginger paste & salt & fry well.

4. Add the whole chicken & toss the spices over & around it – fry for 2 minutes, tossing gently.

5. Add the water, cover & cook till the chicken is done.

6. Take the chicken out from this vessel & add the rice to it – Cook rice in this water & transfer onto a serving tray.

7. Smear the cooked chicken with the red-chili, turmeric, cumin & pepper powders & the soy sauce and shallow fry on a frying pan in 2 tbsp heated oil. Turn over & ensure both sides are well colored to a dark red-brownish to golden-brown.

8. Place this cooked chicken on the rice tray & serve with a cold salad, dakoos (or tobasco sauce/ hot sauce) & laban.


Note: This recipe can also be made with lamb but this is how we made it growing up in Kuwait.

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