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Kabsa Recipe for Arabian Chicken and Fragrant Rice


Kabsa is a staple across the homes of Arabia. Each home making it their own.

Learn how to make absolutely delicious Kabsa at home. Kabsa and Majboos are similar rice dishes popular in the gulf countries especially Saudi Arabia. Kabsa is made differently in each household, some incorporating vegetables such as carrot. It may be made with lamb, beef or even fish. Often it is served with a home made tomato sauce ‘Dakkous’ and garnished with pine nuts or almonds.

Once we had a lovely Saudi neighbor who would make this every single week with help from 2 domestic helpers! Mom often spent time at her place and learned the recipe from her. Then when mom made it for her one day, she commented that this Kabsa was even better than hers! That was too sweet of her.

Here is the recipe, handed down to me. A few more steps here than the typical recipes you may come across, but the results are well worth it! This is one of the most popular recipes on my blog. Scroll down for the Video.

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Recipe Name: Kabsa Recipe for Arabian Chicken and Fragrant Rice
Recipe Type: Rice/ Arabian
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Yield: (4-5 servings)


Key Ingredients: Rice, Chicken, Spices, Dried Lime, Tomato, Garlic, Ginger, Onion, Oil, Butter, Salt.


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  1. Avatar Zaynab 4 years ago

    Salaam, I am from India I was thinthinking of make “Kabsa ‘I was reading the recipe. where I live they don’t have Bhar but I found similar can I use Bharat pd? My second question is I have 1 Lb / 1/2 kg Whole Chicken with skin instead of pan frying the Chicken can I bake it in oven? If Yes PLEASE tell me what temperature. (F) and how long should I bake my Chicken?? THANK U

    • Hi Zaynab,
      If you are referring to “Baharat” Spice powder, yes you can interchange this with “Bhar” or “Bahar” Spice blends. I have done this too.
      My “Bhar” spice mix consists of black pepper, coriander seeds, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, cardamom, nutmeg & paprika.
      You can also bake the chicken instead of frying. (prick the skin well in several places with a fork. Place in the oven, skin side down in an oiled dish at (preheated)450 f/230 c Oven for 15- 20 minutes. Turn over the chicken now so that the skin is on top and place back in oven closer to the top grill for 20 more minutes. till the skin is a lovely golden color. ( please check done ness as oven temperatures may vary). Do try and let us know. Kabsa is a delicious rice dish. Make sure to to let the chicken turn dry by overcooking.

  2. Avatar Zaynab 4 years ago

    What else can I cook with Kabsa like easy side dish

    I made the Kabsa and I roasted the Chicken with the Bahara spice (I know it doesn’t look the real Arabic kabsa let me know what u think?

    Please keep on uploading more Arabic / Morrcan Recipes

  3. Avatar arifa 3 years ago

    Its really nice!!!!I made it and every one like it thanks!!!

  4. Avatar Nizar Kk 3 years ago

    I followed this recipe and got better result and tasteful kabsa

  5. Avatar Shamna 3 years ago

    Hi, I tried kabsa by following your recipe. It came out well and my husband really loved it. Looking forward for more recipes. Thank you 🙂

  6. Avatar Shamna 3 years ago

    I have tried making kabsa three times. And each time it is getting better

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  8. Avatar sajme 2 years ago

    please send to me arabian food recipes with chicken mutten beaf

  9. Avatar Aisha Shaji 2 years ago

    I followed the receipe and it turned out tasty. Thank you:)

  10. Avatar Allen M.Enriquez 2 years ago

    Hi I’m.Leen from Philippines I’m working in Abu Dhabi as a cook I’m making yesterday the mandi rice its so nice and delicious my employer was satisfied ur recipe im thankful that I find your recipe .thanks a lot.

  11. Avatar yuyummy 7 months ago

    Thank you for the recipe, it is much simpler than mine which takes a lot of time. And your recipe appears very good. Your video added much detailed information to the making of recipe. Thanks for everything.

  12. Avatar Alisha Abid 3 months ago

    Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe.Its a very delicious and tasty dish to serve for the Party.I invited a few guests for my birthday party.This dish was the most liked by all of them .Its very yummy when served with Pinaple raitha ,dates pickle and pappad. Thanks for sharing.

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