Ramadan Recipes: Chicken Machboos

Ramadan Recipes: Chicken Machboos

Whip up this finger-licking good Arabic specialty!
Ramadan Recipes: Chicken Machboos

Chicken Machbous

(Serves four)


1kg whole chicken

500g American rice

20ml olive oil

50g butter

100g onions (chopped)

50g yellow capsicum (cubes)

50g red capsicum (cubes)

50g green capsicum (cubes)

1tsp cumin powder

1tsp cinnamon powder

2tsp salt

½tsp paprika

½tsp turmeric powder

½tsp white pepper

1l water

Few drops Tabasco chilli sauce



20g fried onions

20g pistachios



• Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes and then strain it well.

• Heat some olive oil and butter; add the chopped onions and cubes of yellow, red and green capsicum.

• Add the rice and allow to sweat for three minutes until the grains become transparent.

• Add the cumin powder, cinnamon powder, salt, paprika and the turmeric powder; pour the water and stir until it starts boiling. Cover and keep cooking for 15 minutes.

• Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius; rinse the chicken and dry it very well with paper towels, inside and out.

• Salt and pepper the cavity of the bird.

• Season the outside to taste with salt and pepper.

• Place the chicken in a roasting pan and put it in the oven.

• Roast it for 30 to 40 minutes until it is done.

• Baste the chicken with the juices and let it rest for 15


To Serve:

Place the rice in the dinner plate with the chicken on top.

Garnish with the fried onions and pistachio nuts on the top.

Serve with Tabasco chilli sauce on the side.