Halal Cart Chicken is boldly spiced and served with fragrant turmeric rice and spicy yogurt sauce. The perfect copycat of NY cart food.
There are so many delicious Copycat Recipes you can try making yourself at home like In-N-Out Animal Style French Fries (Copycat) and Chipotle Barbacoa Beef (Copycat). They are surprisingly easy to make, like the Chick-Fil-A Inspired Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Lemonade!
Halal Cart Chicken and Rice is a hugely popular dish in New York City. Along populated corners you can walk past a food cart selling street food, or a restaurant and smell the amazing warm spices of the chicken and rice and find yourself standing in the long lines before you even realize what happened. The Halal Guys are as much a reason to visit the city as any other food you’ve decided to put on your short list during a visit.
This Halal Cart Chicken and Rice is served up to a long line of fans for good reason. The seasonings are bold and delicious, crispy cooked chicken and seasoned rice. This dish is fantastic and isn’t too spicy for even the youngsters to enjoy (minus the sauce).
Give it a shot! It may seem intimidating because of the number of ingredients, but it is really just a slightly long list of really easy steps and the end results more than makes up for it! If you like this recipe, you’ll enjoy making P.F. Chang’s Spicy Chicken (Copycat) as well. While this does have a few more steps than most other recipes, the work is totally worth it and look at what it gets you! Yum!
How to Make Halal Cart Chicken and Rice
The process for making this recipe is pretty straight forward. The amount of spices shouldn’t intimidate as they are incredible together. There are three main things to prepare: The chicken, the rice, and the sauce.
- Step 1 – Marinade: This is critical to get a deeper flavor. Combine the chicken spices in a blender until smooth. Only marinade in the fridge for 3-4 hours max, or the chicken will get mushy.
- Step 2 – Cook Rice: Stovetop rice:
- Melt the butter, then add the spices stirring into the butter.
- Add the rice and stir to coat.
- Cook, stirring frequently for 4 minutes until the rice is toasted.
- Add the chicken broth and season to taste with kosher salt and at least a teaspoon black pepper to start,
- Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes without disturbing.
- Remove from the heat and rest without opening the lid for 15 minutes. Once fluffed you can use the yellow rice as the base to the meal then top with chicken pieces.
- Step 3 – Cook Chicken: Take the chicken out of the bag and pat dry with paper towels. Cook on medium-high heat, 4-5 minutes until well browned on each side. Once the chicken is cooled, then chop into rough chunks.
- Step 4 – Mix Sauce: To make the sauce: Whisk together the yogurt, garlic, salt, pepper and Sriracha and let sit for an hour in the fridge.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The sauce is based in a greek yogurt mixed with Sriracha, which is a popular hot sauce. It’s a versatile sauce and can be used on many dishes, so be sure to make extra and store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!
You can substitute the yogurt for mayonnaise and then add a teaspoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of garlic paste and blend well for a fun garlic mayo sauce.
This recipe calls for skinless chicken thighs. But you can use regular chicken thigh or even chicken breast. You’ll be cutting into chicken into pieces so the boneless kind is what you want.
An Egyptian-American started a food cart in New York over 30 years ago. They became popular by serving this dish with chicken or gyro meat which catered to the cab drivers. Their flavors boast a bold fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. It’s the quintessential American Dream story!
Your spice rack should be stocked with coriander, cumin, and turmeric. These can be pre-ground, but you’ll appreciate the flavors more if they are whole and you grind them as needed.
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Key Ingredients in Halal Cart Chicken and Rice
- Chicken: Find fresh chicken that is boneless and skinless. If using frozen chicken, completely thaw in the fridge before preparing.
- Rice: Basmati rice is the best rice to serve with this dish as it is a long rice and fragrant making it popular in many popular dishes in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and South Asia. You can use regular rice, but the dish is extra special with either extra long grain rice or Basmati.
- Yogurt: Greek yogurt is thicker and more nutrient dense than regular yogurt. It also has less sugar. You can use regular yogurt, but the Greek yogurt will bring a tanginess that blends well with the food.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a versatile plant that is related to ginger! The powder is used as a textile dye as well as seasoning in many old-world dishes. It is packed with nutrients and can easily be found in the seasoning section of your closest grocery store. It’s not a spice that gets a lot of use in every day cooking, but this is really the secret ingredient in the dish, along with ground coriander seed! It is very bitter so only a small amount is used.
Alternative Cooking: Using a Pressure Cooker
- Rice: You can easily cook the rice in the pressure cooker. Use 2 cups of rice and 2 1/4th cups of chicken broth. Utilize the sauté option to melt the butter, activate the seasonings, and coat the rice. Then, after you’ve added the chicken stock, pressure cook on high for 3 minutes. Follow the recipe for cooking rice for your particular model for best results.
- Chicken: Using the pressure cooker is technically possible, but isn’t recommended since the grill flavor won’t be strongly present and it is recommended to cook the rice in it instead. However, you can still do so by searing the chicken on the sauté option until browned on both sides. Remove the chicken and replace them with the little trivet for the chicken to stand on. Add 1 cup of water or chicken broth. Place the chicken back onto the trivet. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Once you release the quick release valve, you can remove the chicken, chop, and serve.
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How to Store Halal Cart Chicken and Rice
- Serve: Halal Cart Chicken and Rice can stay good at room temperature for up to 2 hours. If serving at a party, keep covered when not in use. You can also serve the chicken without chopping and it is still a gorgeous meal.
- Store: Transfer the Halal Cart Chicken and Rice to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-5 days. Be sure to reheat the chicken thoroughly. You can store the rice and chicken together or separate.
- Freeze: Freezing is great for meal prepping. Put your portions into a freezer bag or box and store in the freezer for up to 3 months for freshest taste.
For the Chicken:
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 3 cloves garlic , roughly chopped (about 1 ½ tablespoons)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon course ground black pepper
- 2 pounds chicken thighs , boneless, skinless, trimmed of excess fat (6 to 8 thighs)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
For the Rice:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 1/2 cups Basmati rice , or extra long-grain rice
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon course ground black pepper
For the Sauce:
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon course ground black pepper
- To marinade the chicken: Combine the lemon juice, oregano, coriander, garlic, and olive oil in a blender until smooth.
- Season to taste with Kosher salt and course ground black pepper.
- Place the chicken in an airtight bag.
- Marinade for 3-4 hours.
- Take chicken out of the bag and pat dry with paper towels.
- Cook on medium-high in a pan, skin side down for 4-5 minutes, or until well browned.
- Turn over and cook for another 4-5 minutes until cooked completely through.
- Let the chicken cool for 5-10 minutes, then chop into rough chunks.
- For the rice: Melt the butter over medium heat in a large Dutch oven then add the spices and cook until you can smell them, stirring into the butter.
- Add the rice and stir to coat.
- Cook, stirring frequently for 4 minutes until the rice is toasted.
- Add the chicken broth and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Bring mixture to a boil.
- Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes without disturbing.
- Remove from the heat and rest without opening the lid for 15 minutes.
- To make the sauce: Combine yogurt and Sriracha and let sit for an hour in the fridge.
Photos used in a previous version of this post.
My go to rice recipe I honestly have not made this exact chicken recipe but they are perfect. I always chop small carrots to add to the rice and some Thompson raisins
We tried this for the first time tonight and to be honest, we thought it had 0 flavor. I made it exactly as the directions specified so I’m not sure what happened. The best part was the Sriracha sauce. If I were to make this again, I would probably triple the amount of spices in each step.
I’ve made this recipe several times and I love it….but the reason why is because I add way more turmeric and cumin. I also add chopped tomato and pickle on top and garlic sauce. It’s an excellent base recipe that can be added to otherwise it is a little plain
I can’t seem to find the point at which the chopped chicken is added. I plan to make this tomorrow. Thank you.
Can I use sour cream instead of green yogurt?
You say to put the chicken “skin side” down when first putting it in the pan. However, the ingredients say boneless, “skinless” chicken thighs. Skin or no skin? Thank you
Hi! My mistake! You can put either side down, but if using chicken with skin put the skin side down first. Sorry for the confusion!
I’ve made this many times now. Soooo good and so easy! It’s become a family favorite. Thanks!
My family loves this dish! I was wondering if I could cook the chicken in an air fryer?
I don’t see why not? I’m sure it’d be great.
Our kids made a similar dish. We froze the extra chicken so today I thought I would use it. I didn’t have the recipe they used and I only needed the rice and sauce. I found your recipe and tried it. It was really good! Basmati is now my favorite rice! Next time I’ll try the chicken marinade. Thanks.
So glad it worked out for you, thank you for your support!
Very inspiring method recipes .Can I start food truck
One of my favorite recipes!
Really does taste like the food trucks in NYC.
Can I grill the chicken instead of pan frying it?
I haven’t tried it that way so I’m not sure how it would turn out. Would love to know how it works out if you try it!
I just made this – it’s delicious! My husband liked it too! I was unsure about the sauce but when you pair it with the chicken and rice – it’s sooo good ?
This is my go to rice recipe now. I add carrot and raisins for an extra flare loved by all
I never write reviews but this one deserves it. Although it’s not exactly like the halal cart but it’s close enough. We loved it and I will definitely make it again. I did add extra amount of spices to everything but the yogurt sauce I used a homemade hot sauce!! Since we moved down south there’s nothing close to a NY halal plate- I’m so happy for this recipe. Great job girl. Keep it up and thank you for sharing it. Look forward to trying more of your recipes
This makes me so happy, Jen!! Thanks for taking the time to let me know.
THIS IS NOT A COPY CAT RECIPE!!!!!!!! They do not put yogurt in their white sauce. It annoys me when people come up with their own inaccurate rendition of a recipe and label it as “copy cat” when its not a copy…
Their white sauce is called “toum” in Arabic. Look for the toum recipe online and then just add a tiny amount of vinegar to it and lots of black crushed pepper. The sauce is a Mayo base, doesn’t have any yogurt. Are these fake reviews here??
This is exactly what I was thinking when I saw the ingredients for the sauce. Toum is fairly easily to make too and is so much better than yogurt lol.
Love this recipe! Pretty quick and easy and the kids even eat it. I have also used chicken breasts which also worked well.
It calls for boneless/skinless chicken thighs, but it says to cook it skin side down….
You can put it down on any side at first, just make sure to cook it completely through. I hope you enjoy it!
Right but if it’s boneless SKINLESS there is no skin. Either the ingredients should be updated or the instructions.
oh shut up
Hi, can you add the marinade to the chicken and freeze it right away or will that make the chicken take on a bad texture once it’s defrosted?
I’ve tried this recipe without freezing, as instructed, and it was amazing!
Because of the citrus in the sauce, I wouldn’t recommend freezing it. I’m so glad you love the recipe though!
Ive made a big batch fully cooked and froze the left over. as long as thawed properly it is still delicious, with just a bit difference in texture that can easily be remedied by a drizzle of olive oil when reheating stove top. better than freezing uncooked!
Used this to get rid of my thanksgiving leftover turkey. It was fabulous
This is one of my favorite recipes and I am so glad you enjoyed it too!
I made this tonight for dinner and my 3 picky kids loved the chicken so much! Sadly there wasn’t enough as they wanted more. I promised them I’d make it again tomorrow!
I love this rice recipe so much. Would love to know the water and time for brown rice instead of white rice. Any ideas?
You’ll need to use about 3 cups of broth and allow it to took for about 30-45 minutes. It takes a lot longer to cook. Enjoy!
I made this for some young men who had requested an halal cookup. It was brilliant.
Haven’t made this yet but curious about the directions. Ingredients call for skinless, boneless thighs but instructions say to cook ‘skin side down’. Are you just saying to cook on the side that had skin on it or is this a misprint? Sounds good will definitely try it.
Just a mis-print, sorry. I hope you enjoy it!
Absolutely delicious. I used brown basmati rice, which took a bit longer to cook, but it turned out beautifully. That was THE most delicious rice I’ve ever had (and I’m an Asian who eats a lot of rice!!!!). I didn’t have chicken thighs so instead used chicken breasts that soaked in the marinade overnight. The yogurt was the perfect add-on.
It was one of the most savory dishes I’ve had. I will be making this often. Thank you.
Thanks for coming back to let me know how much you enjoyed it, Elle.
I’m middle eastern, so I was pretty skeptical with this recipe. It has a great start, but I did change the recipe around. The chicken was pretty good, I did add seven spice since I didn’t have any coriander. The rice wasn’t very flavorful, however, I see how it pairs well with the chicken and yogurt. I didn’t make the yogurt instead I sautéd peppers, onions, and tomatoes then combined it with the chicken. That’s when it became chicken gallaba. It turned out pretty good. I do have to say I’ve always made basmati rice with a 1:2 ratio, and it always comes out great. When I have tried less water, the rice comes out clumpy.
I tried making the sauce but it doesn’t taste like the halal one… something is a bit off. Maybe it’s the sriracha?
Would love to know what the timings and water ratio is for long grain brown rice. Any help is appreciated!
If you want to use long grain brown rice, use 1 1/2 cups of rice with 3 cups of water. It’ll take 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Not copycat at all. There’s no sriracha in the sauce.
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. This is one of my son’s favorite dish.
I have had Halal cart many times in NYC, sometimes i see cardamom in the rice and bay leaves in the chicken. Any advice on how to incorporate it?
I would add to your taste, with the rest of the spices. Start small (1 bay leaf, 1/2 tsp of cardamom) and adjust to your liking.
This was really good. I had a friend from Pakistan that would make this. Just wish I had a tandoori oven…it definitely makes a difference. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
First time trying any kind of Indian recipe, but I made this tonight & oh my goodness!! Soo much delicious flavor! My sauce was almost too spicy, but it amped up the flavor of everything that I couldn’t stop eating it. I used basmati rice & it’s so light, soft, and delicious! Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!
I’m so glad you decided to give it a try, Beckah!
Hello – Do you rinse and soak the rice before toasting?
Delicious chicken (added a dash of cumin) and rice!! Chopped up some onion, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes to top it off. Used the yogurt sauce and zhoug sauce from Trader Joe’s. Just as satisfying as HG made healthier!!
So glad you enjoyed it, Angela!!
I’ve never eaten at Halal Cart. I was hoping to copycat a Lebanese place where my parents live, but this wasn’t even close. The chicken was pretty bland, but the rice was great!
Looks yummy must try this soon.
Delicious! I made this for dinner yesterday using just one tablespoon of Sriracha. It had a nice level of heat without being too spicy for my family. This recipe will be a repeat on upcoming menus. Thanks for sharing!
So glad you enjoyed it Karla! Thanks for the 5 stars!
I’ve made this recipe 3x in the last 2 weeks and it has been requested by both my daughter and my husband for dinner again tonight. This is easy to make and incredibly good, and just “different” enough to allow us to have chicken 2x a week w/o everyone getting bored.
It’s super hot right now, so I do the whole thing in the instant pot. I make the rice first and while that’s cooking I prepare the sauce. When the rice is done, I wipe out the pot and cook up the chicken, which I pre-cut into bite-size pieces when raw (before marinating) just to make it easier.
Thank you so much for this recipe!
I’m so glad this has become your new family favorite! Thanks for the IP suggestion too.
Loved this recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing. Followed to the t… Great!!!
So glad you loved it! Thanks for the 5 stars!
Sorry didn’t quite do it for me. Chicken pleasant enough, rice needed a bit more ie nuts fruit spice and yogurt dip needed an extra dimension. No idea what a halal cart is
The dish was delicious and so easy to make. The “hard” part was marinating the chicken ahead of time. My only addition to the recipe would be to increase the amount of turmeric and cumin used for the rice. The flavor was a tad subtle for me, and the color not as vibrant a yellow as other basmati rice I’ve had. Overall though, this was a great dish that I’ll be adding to our rotation of recipes. Highly recommended and grateful for having found it!
Yay!! So glad you enjoyed it!
Can I use the gas grill to grill the chicken instead of the pan?
Of course 🙂
fantastic!! Just made this for lunch. rice was amazing! i used whole leg and thigh. was sooo good.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for coming back to let me know!
Just made this – it was amazing! This is now added to our meal plan 🙂 I’ve never made middle eastern food before and was surprised at how well the flavours developed. The only thing I did differently was add a spritz of lemon after plating.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for coming back to let me know!
I made this tonight…it was amazing! I didn’t have time to stand over the stove, so I cheated and threw the chicken under the broiler, but other than that I stuck to the recipe. It was still great. I could enjoy the smell of that rice cooking over and over again. I love Middle Eastern food, but I’m always at a loss for what sides to cook. Any recommendations?
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!
For sides, we do a lot of salads and roasted vegetables.
i tried the recipe out my family love it! i made a few minor changes like, adding chilli powder into the marinade and i made my own sauce out of roaste red peper+sesoning+ hot sauce+caramalised onion+lemon juice+tomato paste and mayo. 🙂 Thanks again, i’ll continue making this in the future.
I’m so glad you all enjoyed it!
I am making this tonight for supper and excited to try it! I love trying new ethnic foods and since we recently discovered some Jewish ancestry in our family I love the idea of trying some Middle Eastern food! Just wondering what veggies would be good with this? I was thinking of just roasting some or adding some to the rice. What do you think?
Red onion wedges, bell peppers, carrots, even roasted eggplant chunks would be good!
Lovely recipe! What did you use for garnish?
Thank you! Made the rice and sauce tonight. It was delicious!
Thank you for coming back and letting me know how much you enjoyed it!
My teens barely left any leftovers. It seems like a lot of ingredients but it’s easy. It will be one of my go to to recipes! Thank you!!!
So glad the ingredient list didn’t intimidate you! It’s such a great meal. Thanks for coming back to let me know.
I came across this recipe maybe eight weeks ago and it’s been in heavy rotation at our house every since so thank you! It’s really delicious — only substitutions I make are dried oregano for fresh, and I grill vs saute the chicken. Sometimes we do a little feta or cucumber garnish, too. The sauce is fantastic.
Yay! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and let me know how much you love it!
I rarely ever leave comments on recipes that I try but OMG. This recipe is spot on. Absolutely delicious. I didn’t have fresh oregano so I used 1 tablespoon of dried oregano but everything else I followed to a T. I am so glad that I can make this delicious meal at home now. Super simple and crazy good. Thanks for sharing! The website isn’t let me give it any stars but if I could I would give it 10!
Wow!! That’s such a great compliment!! I feel so honored that you loved it so much that you came back to let me know!
Hello! Your recipe calls for skinless, boneless chicken thighs but the directions say to cook the chicken skin down. Which is it please? This looks so good I’d like to try to make it tonight.
Sorry about that, depending on how I am serving it I do boneless or not. When served whole thighs I leave skin on for a moister roasting. When I am cutting it into chunks and browning the chunks in the pan I don’t bother with skin. I hope you enjoy the recipe, sorry for the confusion and for the delay in responding, the comment got snared in the spam filter.
I just made this and it was good. I am allergic to garlic so left that out, garlic would obviously be better. I replaced the garlic (in white sauce) with oregano and dill for extra flavor. Next time, I will make a whole spatchcock chicken with these flavors. I added Deepak Chopra’s dosha spice (VATA) to the chicken and rice for extra flavor and body, mind, soul balance.
So glad you enjoyed it even minus the garlic! What an allergy to have! A whole chicken sounds like a great idea too!
Can you cook the chicken in the dutch oven and then cook the rice? Or does it have to be in separate pans. Also, is a dutch oven necessary to cook to the rice?
You can cook them together if you’d like, this helps it stay crispier to keep them apart.
Although we live in DC, I’ve never heard of this bender/dish ever before! However, the way you presented is just awesome and I had to try it! All my kids who are little picky in some ways, LOVED it!!!!!! The marinade, the sauce, and the rice… All in one plate, just SOOOO delicious!!! And the most I admire you about is you make everything SO easy!!!! We’ll make it again for sure and thank you so much for sharing this recipe <3 <3 <3
I’m so glad it was a hit with your whole family! Thanks for coming back to let me know about it!
OMG THIS IS SOOOOOO GOING ON MY TO DO LIST!!!! I will have the rice!! Hubs can have the chicken! And you know I’m thinking this will do damn good for dinner! Love it! I can see you are using the new camera huh 🙂 Love this SOOOO SOOO much!
Hello! I just wanted to say that I made this for dinner tonight, but instead of using chicken I used Gardein meatless chicken strips. I brushed your chicken marinade over the top of the strips as they baked, to give them that flavor, and coarse chopped them like real chicken. (I didn’t have any chicken on hand but I had that and wanted to make it work haha) The rest of the recipe I followed exactly as written. I just wanted to share! I love this recipe! 🙂
So glad you enjoyed it!
Sounds very delicious. I am going to try this tonite. I have one question, should rice be rinsed in water before stir frying?
Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! Since this rice is added to the butter before the liquid is added in I wouldn’t bother. Would love to know how your recipe turned out though since I was clearly way too late getting back to you. 🙁
Hi! This looks delicious. I am adding it to my meal pan and making my grocery list now. Are those chopped tomatoes I see in the pic? Do you add those for garnish?
Yes, just for garnish, thats how it is served at the Halal cart. Adds a nice fresh flavor. I also added some shredded iceberg lettuce.
Made this today, it was delicious!! I am not a natural cook (I can only read a recipe and follow instructions exactly as written) but this was super easy to make, thanks!
Hi, what could you substitute for the Sriracha? Looks great! I can’t wait to try it!
You could try harissa, or maybe a hint of cayenne. Even a tapatia would complement the flavors well. I hope you enjoy it!
Hi Sabrina! Just found your wonderful blog and am looking forward to making your recipes this week. Question: I was hoping you’d have some Shish Kabob or other kabob recipes available to us. I live close to Glendale, CA and enjoy going out to eat kabobs but they get expensive. Hope you share one (or many!) kabob and other armenian recipes with us!
Yes! I actually had planned on making some in the next month or so. I grew up eating them probably once a week, so they are a family tradition!
Thank you in advance for posting your kabob recipe. I’d like to make these for my family for Passover dinner in April. I don’t know about your family but many people now have food allergies (gluten, lactose intolerant, etc.) that making something delicious yet non-allergic will be much appreciated by my family. Plus I won’t have to make 3 unique entrees!
Absolutely. I just got a sumac delivery from home too, so it will be well before April!
How many people does this serve?
I ended up with 8 thighs, so it served 4 adults. More if you have kids in the mix 🙂
I just discovered your blog and I love it so far! Question: do you think this would mix well with your crispy slow-cooker chicken from May? THAT recipe sounded so awesome, and in the post you mention that “It is perfect for using it in any other recipe that calls for spiced chicken as well. Just add the required spices to the bottom of the slow cooker, then on top as well. No need to toss it with the chicken.” Not that I’m holding you to that–far from!–but I’m willing to make the experiment if you think it could work. I might go ahead and marinate, and THEN dry-cook in the slow cooker–what do you think? Or would it be better to throw the spices on the bottom and dry-cook it that way? (That way would certainly be the easiest!)
I know it wouldn’t necessarily be a time saver, but it WOULD be something I could fix and forget until it was done–and in my house, that’s a winner.
Oh my goodness, yes! I may rub it in only because It takes just a second and there are different spices but the chicken will naturally let go of oil and its juices so you’re going to have a spice bath at the end and because of that it is probably totally unnecessary but since it just takes a second why not, haha.
Just make sure to keep the chicken on a single layer, if you stack them on top of each other the accumulated liquids will cover most of your chicken. The skin layer should never have liquid covering it, thats how you get that portion crispy so be generous with the spacing. 🙂
Hope that helps! And thanks for visiting the blog, I am so excited you’re enjoying it!
Mmm, this looks delicious!
That looks really good. I want to try that.
Now that looks amazing, I’m thinking about trying this for dinner this week. I really need to switch it up.
If you try it, I hope you love it 🙂
I love the look of this meal. I bet it tastes great
I never had thought about toasting the rice before boiling it. I’ll have to try that. I’ve had some of those meals from NYC trucks and they are pretty tasty.
Oh yes the flavors are so great when you toast it first and you don’t get any rice stickiness!
I love the Halal Guys in NYC – your version looks even better!
Now that is an awesome compliment! Thank you!
That looks super yummy! I Will have to give it a try!
Pinning this for later! It all the flavors I love. I’m going to NYC later this month. I should stop by a cart while I’m there.
Thanks so much for the pin! Hope you love it, they have GREAT food!
This Middle Eastern chicken dish looks not just tasty but very filling. I would not mind having some of this right now. I think it would be exactly what I would like in a chicken dish!
Thanks! I would love some of it right now too!
Chicken and rice is a pretty common meal around here. Trouble is it can be boring if you let it. This looks like it has so much flavor!
Yes really flavorful!
this recipe sound and looks amazing i am gonna try this out thanks for sharing this with us!!
My pleasure! I hope you love it!
Mmm that looks delicious! A must try in my book.
Wonderful! Hope you love it!
Do you think it would be just as good with chicken breast? It looks so tasty, but my husband is not a fan of dark meat.
YES!! I’ve made it with white meat too! Score the chicken breast into deep x marks and rub the marinade in. cook on high heat until crispy and just cooked through! It is delicious! The x marks let more of the chicken breast get the flavor and crisp up.
That looks so good. Would be a nice change to make that for dinner.
That’s one complete meal already. And it looks really good!
WOW, heavenly! Love all these amazing flavors. I can smell them from here. 🙂
This recipe looks and sounds delicious! I wish we had food trucks in my town.
We love exploring new food trucks! I’m sure the craze will get to you guys soon enough!
OMGosh! That looks all kinds of tasty! I just know my family would love this.
This meal looks amazing and even better that I can get it without the travel and long lines. I have always been nervous about starting my rice off like that. I always try to season last.
Noway! Season first! I will come over and we can make it together, you’ll see the difference 🙂
This looks so delicious. I will have to try making this on the weekend. I am sure my family will love it.
Hope you love it!
This looks amazing! I made a brown rice recipe today. I’ll have to try this soon!
This is one of the few rice recipes I make with white rice, but I think brown rice would work wonderfully here too. Just with a longer cooking time of course.
Wow! This is making me hungry right now! I really need to try this.
My husband just bought some chicken when he was grocery shopping… wondering if I could get him to make this if I tape your recipe to the stove? Looks delicious!
Oooh I like that idea! I wonder what other things I could get away with taping that I want.
That dish looks so delicious. I love the ingredients you used so I will have to try it out on my family!
Hope you love it!
I have never had Middle Eastern cuisine before. This recipe looks amazing, I so want to try it!
Oh I would LOVE to cook this for you! Introducing someone to Middle Eastern flavors sounds like so much fun!
I’ve passed this truck many times and always think of stopping! Now I can or don’t have to! Love that I can make this dish in my very own kitchen!
Every time I go to NYC and I see one I have to get some. They are amazing!
Mmmm I love Middle Eastern food and often feel like small carts have some of the best eats. That Sriracha yogurt sauce is a must try as well.
Yes! Agreed! Oh and the yogurt sauce is a favorite of ours on so many foods including tacos! I add sriracha to a lot of things, haha.
YUM. It looks fantastic. I love anything with rice and chicken.
Oh my, save me a seat, I will be right over. I have never made a dish like this before but you have me sold on trying it.
This Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice sounds wonderful. I used to live in New York City, years ago, and loved ordering these types of dishes from the food trucks there, and would love to try making this at home now!
Hope it brings back some amazing flavor memories!
This looks and sounds fantastic!
Another fantastic chicken recipe idea to make for the family! Thanks for sharing something that can help increase our taste buds to new flavors and options!
Wow, my mouth is salivating! I’m not too familiar with middle eastern food, but this looks amazing.
This looks like a great dinner idea. I wonder if my family would like it.
I hope they do!
Eep – siracha! I can’t take the heat! My husband and my mom would like this spice-rich dish.
Ooh but the yogurt completely tempers the heat. You can also leave it out of the sauce if you would like 🙂
That looks and sounds amazing. I know my family would love it but I think I would do this for date night, so just my hubby and I could indulge.
You have the right idea!
This looks so good!!! I using my skillet to make meals like this!
Oh yes! I cooked the chicken in my trusty cast iron skillet I love so much!
That chicken just looks perfect. I really want to try this recipe out soon!
I hope you love it!
That looks amazing! I am a huge fan of middle eastern foods, although I rarely cook them. I’ve always thought they would be too time consuming. I’m making this one anyway. 🙂
Take it from someone who grew up eating a ton of Middle Eastern food, this recipe is spot on and a winner!
Oh my gosh… this looks YUMMY! It’s one we need to keep on hand for sure. (PS- I don’t think the list of ingredients is actually too bad for an amazing meal like this. Luckily I have most of it in my pantry already!)
I had all of them on hand, but most of my friends and family think my pantry is a grocery store so I never know what amount is normal to assume people have!
I am 100% positive I have never had a meal like this. It looks fantastic, and since it has garlic I would love to try it.
It’s a great meal, if you like garlic you’ll love this dish.
That looks AMAZING. I haven’t eat lunch today so now I am really hungry after reading this. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you!! It is still morning here and I already want some too. Garlic breath be damned
That is fantastic. I absolutely love the spices and the color. Yum!
My hubby is crazy about this and makes a point of seeking out Halal Cart at least a couple times when we’re in NYC! He’d be the happiest man alive if I made this for him. 🙂
My husband is the same way!! That is how we got to Kenji’s page! You wont’t regret it!
You and your family certainly eat well. That looks so delicious!
Yes! I give clients a lot of extra baked goodies too! Spread the food around or we would all weigh twice as much haha.
This looks delicious. I’m forwarding it to my husband in hopes he can make it soon!
That sounds SOOOO good. My whole family would love this.