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One Pot Middle Eastern Chicken & Rice

I really love when a dish comes together with a unique blend of herbs and spices that sets it well apart from the foods I’m used to having here in the states but which aren’t overly complex.

Having a husband and two children (currently 10 & 12 years old), you can imagine how pleased I was that everyone loved this spread. I paired it with a side of Ful Mudammas (Egyptian Fava Beans), hummus, kalamata olives and warm pita to go for the full effect, making a very well-rounded meal.

Adding to all of this the fact that it is a healthy, deeply nourishing dish, you can bet this one will be revisited in my own kitchen.

One Pot Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Ful Mudammas (Egyptian Fava Beans)

One Pot Middle-Eastern Chicken & Rice

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This delicious Middle-Eastern Chicken with Turmeric Rice makes a healthy meal the whole family will love. This dish comes together easily and boasts a unique, savory flavor profile that lends to being a comfort food but healthy and wholesome.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Egyptian, Mediterranean
Keyword Chicken, Egyptian, Mediterranean, One-Pot Meals, Rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4


For the Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in half to ensure they cook through
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp curry
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

For the Rice

  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • cups basmati rice organic and whole, no quick cook rice!
  • cups organic chicken broth preferably homemade
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • Combine the chicken and all the ingredients for the chicken in a large resealable bag, and let marinade for at least 30 minutes (preferably over night for more flavor).
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large oven safe skillet, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat. Place the chicken in the skillet skin side down and cook until golden brown (about 3-5 minutes), then flip over and cook the other side until golden brown (another 3-5 minutes).
  • Remove the chicken and set aside.
  • Remove any black or burnt bits from the pan, and add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan over medium high heat.
  • Add the onions to the skillet with the oregano, turmeric, and cumin. Saute until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the garlic and basmati rice and saute for 1 minute, just until the rice begins to turn golden.
  • Add the chicken broth, water, and salt and bring to a simmer. Place the cooked chicken thighs directly on top of the rice and liquid. Once the liquid has begun to simmer, cover with a lid, and transfer to the oven to continue cooking.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with grilled lemon slice, and fresh parsley.
  • Serve as is or with Greek yogurt and fresh kale that has been massaged with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.


*If you’re tight on time or ingredients, you may sub the seasoning blend on the chicken for a good Shawarma seasoning blend, shaking on enough to generously coat the chicken.
**Original recipe found on EV’s Eats and only slightly modified.

Published by LaTricia Morris

Hi. I'm LaTricia Morris, licensed PA Realtor, wife and mother of two amazing children, one cat and a 3-legged pit-baby. I also work in health and wellness through my business Defiance Fitness + Nutrition where I offer solutions that help people overcome obstacles to their health and wellness goals. What can I say? I couldn't be more committed to the call to helping people like you maximize your life potential and fall in love with the life you get to live. It's my joy to help you improve your quality of life, from helping you look and feel your best to helping you find the home that will serve as the setting for some of your life's most precious memories. I LOVE seeing you accomplish your lifestyle goals and count it a blessing to be part of that.

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