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14 Arabic Recipes With Chicken To Broaden Your Horizons

Arabian cuisine has some of the most popular foods in the world, and it’s easy to see why. It’s full of aromatic, robust spices like cumin and coriander that infuse every dish with exquisite flavors. Arabic cuisine is not limited to Saudi Arabia but includes dishes from every Arabic-speaking country, such as Algeria, Egypt, Gulf Arab countries, Levantine countries, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen.

Most Arabic dishes are always cooked with a protein source, such as lamb or chicken, to produce healthy, hearty dishes. Delight your taste buds with these 14 flavorsome Arabic recipes with chicken to elevate your meals!

1. Arabic Biryani with Chicken | Authentic Iraqi Recipe

Yellow rice cooked with veggies like peas and potatoes, spiced chicken, and dried fruits like almonds and raisins — nothing beats a fragrant, delicious biryani. Serve it with some yogurt and a side salad to round up your meal. You can make extras and store some in the fridge. It’ll keep for 3-5 days.

2. Chicken Mandi (Yemeni Chicken & Rice)

This classic Yemeni dish features chicken that has been marinated with a Hawaij spice blend — which consists of coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black peppercorns, and turmeric. This wonderful combination of spices infuses every bite with true Arabic flavors. Layer it on a bed of yellow rice, and garnish with fried onions, almonds, and raisins to serve.

3. Chicken Shawarma

This simple dish has become a popular favorite around the world. It’s made with roasted chicken that has been marinated with various spices to produce the most amazing Middle Eastern flavors. You can serve it in wraps or as a shawarma plate with a dollop of hummus or yogurt sauce for a top-tier meal.

4. Delicious Jordanian Maqluba

A traditional Arabic meal with a popular upside-down appearance, you’ve probably already seen top chefs try to flip the Maqluba right on the Internet. It’s made with rice, chicken, veggies, and vermicelli — all of which have been cooked with spices to infuse them with amazing Jordanian-style flavors. Once flipped, serve with a topping of fried pine nuts.

5. Egyptian Molokhia with Roasted Chicken

Molokhia is a comforting, thick soup that has three main components — tender and fluffy white rice, a Molokhia soup base flavored with garlic, butter, salt, and spices, and roasted brown and crispy chicken. It’s a well-balanced meal that is best served with pita bread and lemon wedges on the side. It takes some time to cook, but the results are worth the wait.

6. Grilled Chicken Kafta

Grilled chicken kafta is a popular dish in Middle-Eastern restaurants, and with this recipe, you can make it right at home! It uses ground chicken, bread crumbs, onions, fresh herbs, and spices to make the kafta mixture, which is then cooked on bamboo skewers until nicely charred. You can enjoy them as-is or with some fattoush salad for a filling meal.

7. Kabsa (Arabic Chicken and Rice)

This one-pan traditional Arabic dish will become a staple on your menu. The comforting dish is full of Middle Eastern spices and includes dried Persian limes to balance the flavors, producing a dish that is delightfully flavorful. You can serve it garnished with fresh parsley, butter, raisins, and slivered almonds for extra oomph.

8. Lebanese Chicken with 7-Spice

This Lebanese-inspired meal comes together with only 15 minutes of prep time. It’s flavored with seven spices — nutmeg, ground clove, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, and allspice. Baked with onions and lemon slices, the recipe produces a scrumptious, flavor-packed meal. Serve it topped with almonds alongside basmati rice to round up your dinner.

9. Lebanese Molokhia with Chicken

A bowl of this nutritious and warming stew is all you need to turn a bad day around. The leaves-infused broth is flavored with mouthwatering seasonings and aromatics, then topped with shredded chicken to prepare the traditional molokhia. Garnish with fried onions and serve over a bed of vermicelli rice to sop up the exquisite flavors.

10. Majboos Dejaaj | Machboos ~ Emirati Chicken Rice

This recipe uses a whole bunch of spices to produce pilaf-like rice that pulls no punches in the flavor department. It also contains golden brown and caramelized chicken, which amps up its nutritional content, fried onions for extra flavor, and lots of juicy tomatoes. It fills the home with wonderful aromas as it cooks and is perfect for family get-togethers.

11. Moroccan Chicken Pastilla

A unique sweet-savory delicacy, the Moroccan chicken pastilla is one of the most refined and elegant dishes of Arabian cuisine. It’s made with crispy layers of phyllo dough that encase fillings of shredded chicken, egg, and cinnamon-flavored almonds. Once baked, you can garnish the pastilla with some powdered sugar and serve it with Moroccan mint tea to enjoy a satisfying meal.

12. Moroccan Chicken Tagine

This dish is made by braising chicken with carrots, spices, honey, garlic, onions, and olives, infusing the meat with rich flavors. The recipe also uses preserved lemons, although you can substitute them with lemon zest and juice to add a similar tartness to the dish. Serve it as-is or over a bed of couscous for a filling meal.

13. Musakhan Wraps (Palestinian Chicken Wraps)

These chicken wraps are made with sumac-spiced shredded chicken and softened onions as well as toasted pine nuts, all stuffed in thin flatbread triangles and baked until crisp and golden. Garnish with extra sumac and pine nuts, as well as a sprinkling of fresh parsley, and serve with yogurt and cucumber salad for a comforting meal.

14. Shish Tawook (Lebanese Chicken Skewers)

If you love the classic BBQ chicken, you’re going to love this recipe! It uses a few simple ingredients, such as fresh lemon juice, garlic, sumac, yogurt, and slightly tangy tomato paste, to produce a meal that’s chock full of heavenly flavors. You can serve it with hummus, pita bread, salad, or Lebanese rice for a complete meal.

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.