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Chicken Majboos – Majboos Djaj


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Chicken Majboos

 By Arifa K

Majboos is a traditional Arabian Rice dish incorporating fish or meats. Similar to Saudi Kabsa, this is a Bahraini dish that is popular in the gulf countries. It is not like a biriyani but a lovely aromatic Rice Preparation. Try this delicious, aromatic Chicken Majboos.

Chicken Majboos


  • 1 kg good chicken large pieces
  • ½ Tbsp Coriander powder
  • ½ Tbsp garam masala or baharat
  • pepper to taste
  • mild chili powder /paprika to sprinkle
  • 4 cups rice – kaima or basmati
  • 8 large tomatoes, 3 of which are for decoration – use nice plump RED tomatoes( Roma Tomatoes are good)
  • 1 cup garlic, crushed
  • 5 large onions, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp ketchup or 3 tsp tomato paste
  • 8 cloves
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 2 small sticks cinnamon
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • ¼ tsp white pepper powder
  • ¼ cup green chili, chopped – optional

For marinade

  • 1½ Tbsp black pepper powder
  • 1½ olive oil
  • 1½ garlic, crushed finely
  • 3 tbsp lime juice


  • Marinate chicken. Rub the ingredients for the marinade and rub well into the chicken.
  • Place in fridge for 2 hours. Place outside at room temperature 20 minutes before starting to cook.
  • Rinse the rice throughly. Soak for 5 minutes and drain.
  • Preheat oven 175ºc.
  • Heat oil in a pot.
  • Add garlic and onion. Sauté till color changes  to light brown.
  • Next, add coriander powder & garam masala or baharat spices as well as pepper to taste.
  • Add diced tomato.  Cook well.  Also add 2 tbsp ketchup or tomato paste.
  • Allow to cool. Then grind to a paste using a small mixer grinder.
  • Return the ground paste to the pot.
  • Add chicken and salt to taste and enough water to cook chicken.
  • Wash out the mixer/blender and add this liquid.
  • Cook covered till chicken is tender.
  • Remove chicken from the gravy and set aside on baking tray.
  • Sprinkle mild chili powder on the chicken pieces.
  • Grill/ broil the chicken for 10 minutes, basting after 5 minutes with butter or olive oil. (Place on top rack of oven to broil).
  • Measure the broth left in the pot.  Add enough water to make  exactly 8 cups . Set aside.
  • Add 1 tsp oil to the cleaned out pot. Heat and add cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. Allow to emit aroma.
  • Return the measured stock. Bring to a boil
  • Add rice, 2 tsp lime juice and the white pepper powder.
  • Cook covered on low heat till all the water is absorbed by the rice and the rice is cooked. Turn off heat.
  • Cut the garnishing tomato into flower shaped and place on top of the cooked rice.
  • Cover the pot for 10 minutes, allowing the tomato to sweat in the steam of the pot.
  • Move to serving plate, placing tomatoes on top.
  • Also garnish with boiled eggs, herbs, onions and toasted pine nuts as desired.

Chicken Majboos

Did you enjoy our Chicken Majboos


  • Baharat is an arabian spice. If unavailable, it may be substituted with Bhar or Garam Masala spices.
  • You can cook this dish with the chicken skin left on for a moist and tender chicken. Broil till the skin is crisp.
  • White pepper powder is used to keep the color of the rice, black pepper can be used instead.
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