Miriam SpiceTraveller

Tasty Arabian dish originating from the small island country - Bahrain. Full of flavours and packed with aromatic spices! 

Preparation

I prepared with chicken breasts, but the original recipe calls for the whole chicky which is then cut in smaller portions. But you can prepare with whatever part of the chicken you prefer. 
There is one ingredient i couldn't find - black lime, used in Middle Eastern Cuisine, i used fresh lime instead. If you want to prepare with the whole chicken make sure you double all the ingredients.

1.   Mix turmeric with Baharat spices. Remove half  and mix with salt , use this to rub into the chicken meat.

Chicken machboos

Chicken machboos

2.   .Add oil to a deep pan, add chopped onion and black pepper and fry for 5 min. Add chicken, sprinkle with half of cinnamon, lime zest and fry chicken on all sides until gold in colour. Cover and leave to fry on low temperature for about 3 minutes.

Chicken machboos

Chicken machboos

3.   Add garlic, ginger, chopped tomato. Add salt and half of the coriander leaves 9 chopped) and the rest of Baharat spices. Mix well and cook for 3 minutes.

Chicken machboos

Chicken machboos

4.   Add water and cook for 45 minutes. When done remove chicken pieces and keep warm on a plate covered. 

Chicken machboos

Chicken machboos

5.   Add rice into the leftover sauce, cook for 2-3 minutes then add water, enough to cover the rice, cook on medium heat. If needed add some extra water during cooking but not too much. Adjust the salt. Rice has to cook completely and absorb all the liquid, keep an eye towards the end of cooking as the rice might stick. Stir often with a wooden or silicon spoon. The rice should turn into some sort of risotto. 

Chicken Machboos

Chicken Machboos

Chicken Machboos

Chicken Machboos risotto!!  :-)

 

6.    In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add butter and lemon juice and stir well, remove from the cooker.

7.   Now mix little bit of oil with cinnamon, brush over chicken pieces and grill them for a few minutes until dark in colour.

Chicken machboos

Chicken machboos

 I think this step works well if chicken pieces have the skin on, or legs and thighs, i would prefer chicken breasts submerged in the rice, i think grilling dried them out little bit. However, i was making it for the first time and wanted to follow the original recipe. If you choose to prepare with chicken breast then i recommend to skip the grilling and just leave the meat in the rice. You can also cut it smaller , in bite size chunks and mix with rice.  I totally enjoyed the spiced up rice and meat! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 onions
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 400g chopped tomato 
  • 200g rice
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3-4 Tbsp oil
  • 1 piece of ginger
  • 2 Tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 1/2 Tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tbs Baharat spices
  • 1 lemon - juice
  • 1 lime - zest
  • 1 tsp salt

Baharat spices:

  • 1/2 Tsp saffron
  • 1 1/2 Tsp coriander seed (powder)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 Tsp clove
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chilli