One Pot Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice

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  • 5 bone in chicken thighs (skin on)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon curry
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 onion (small, finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
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NutritionView more



Calories950Calories from Fat440
Total Fat49g75%
Saturated Fat11g55%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat440
Total Carbohydrate54g18%
Dietary Fiber3g12%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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i have made this dish three times. I doubled the recipe and added a bit more liquid, cut down on the tumeric. My family loves this dish especially the children. So much flavour.
Éidín N. 22 Jun
Great, a little dry but very good with natural yogurt.
Laura Hatt 17 Jun
Delicious! I’m a relative beginner and I made this with no problem (although it took me much longer than 55 minutes.) I topped it off with a yogurt dressing and WOW.
excellent and easy to make
Baylee Y. 7 May
Pretty good!! Wish the chicken was a bit more tender but it has a full, mellow flavor.
Leisa M. 16 Mar
Delicious will definitely make it again
Gracie 9 Mar
This recipe was okay. I thought it was going to have more flavour (the rice turned out flavourful but not the chicken). My son liked it though, which means dinner was overall a success.
aisling b. 12 Feb
This is delicious!! Have made it three times already. Super simple and packed with flavour. I added in some veg just to bulk it up.
Turned out good! Should have listened to the advice to cut tumeric by half. Used chicken breasts instead of thighs and adjusted the cooking method a little to fit and still worked out well.
Eric D. 10 Dec 2017
Terrific recipe, but just as good using about half as much turmeric.
Pfluffington 12 Oct 2017
The chicken came out really delicious - even my 16 month old son liked it! My only complaint is that the rice was still hard even after I gave it more time, then more liquid, then lid back on, then lid off. Not sure what happened, but it sadly ended up in the trash.
Kitchenmess K. 9 Oct 2017
Tried it tonight. It was a bit one note but had potential so I added golden raisins and capers and let it steam all together on top of the stove top for 5 minutes before serving. Even my husband agreed that it was better with lemon juice squeezed over top. 'Cripes!' I forgot the parsley and I have a whole bunch in fridge to use up. Would double amount of chicken or halve rice. And adding a green or sauteed peppers and mushrooms would work too.
Faith Fugit 9 Sep 2017
This was goddamned delicious!!!
Kelsey 9 Aug 2017
Loved this! Prepared it bit differently, though, not using the oven at all. Seared chicken in a pot, removed it, sautéed onion and steamed collard greens, and then added rice separately cooked in a rice cooker with chicken stock and spices. Also added a dash of cinnamon, and next time I will add some toasted sliced almonds!
Susan B J. 7 Aug 2017
Bitter and inedible. I followed the directions to the letter. I scraped out the burnt bits after browning the chicken, I scraped out the burnt bits after browning the chicken, so that couldn't have been the problem. I thought 3 T. of turmeric and over 1 T of cumin seemed excessive, and I'm guessing that was the problem. Interestingly, in spite of the sodium in the chicken broth and adding salt to the chicken as well as the rice, it was still quite bland. If I were to make it again (and I doubt I will!) I would drastically reduce the turmeric and cumin and add more salt.
kelly s. 27 Jul 2017
So much flavor!!! Awesome recipe, thank you!
Roddy R. 7 May 2017
I made this dish twice this week for 2 different clients and both LOVED it!!! Both the chicken and the rice were AMAZING with such depth of flavor. I substituted chicken broth for the water when making the rice for a bit more flavor. This dish is definitely one of the best recipes I've come across in a while!
Asya M. 30 Apr 2017
Thus dish was so amazing and flavorful. It is one on my favorite dishes to make!!! Sometimes i remove the turmeric because it stains so bad.
Diego K. 9 Apr 2017
Excelent,delicious and very simply.The grilled lemon must be thickly sliced.I added a grilled halloumi.
Rachel C. 6 Apr 2017
This was delicious. The grilled lemons really added a punch to the rice that I really liked. I ended up cutting them up and spreading them around- until I tried this recipe I didn't even know you could eat the rind like that, but the grilling process made them extra soft.
Jo Sutor 1 Apr 2017
A hit with all the family! Really easy recipe to follow. cooked mine in a tagine and was beautifully cooked.
Camille 30 Mar 2017
This was absolutely delicious and easy to put together. Definitely on the 'keeper' list of recipes!
Jaclyne C. 13 Jan 2017
Really good!! We skipped the oregano just because of personal preference. we almost didn't bother with the lemons, but I'm so glad we made the them, it was a great finishing touch to the flavors.
Jenna 27 Dec 2016
SO GOOD! If you follow the recipe exactly, it has the perfect balance of flavors and the chicken turns out perfectly. I also used greek yogurt as a topping, and it cut the spices very well. My husband absolutely LOVED it, and we'll be putting it on our regular dinner rotation for sure! One note: this dish doesn't save too well (I think because of the spices involved), so you'll want to eat it the very next night if you have leftovers.