Spiced Chicken and Rice


This dish is full of eastern spices, tender chicken, fluffy rice, and the crunch of toasted nuts.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 357
Fat 23g
Saturated fat 3g
Carbohydrates 28g
Sodium 986mg
Fiber 4g
Protein 12g
Cholesterol 20mg

Spiced Chicken and Rice

8 cups
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


  • 2 whole chicken thighs, including drumstick, skin, and bones
  • [1/2] large yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 (3-in.) cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 TB. plus 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large ripe tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 cups long-grain rice, rinsed
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cardamom
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cloves
  • [1/2] tsp. seven spices
  • [1/2] tsp. ground nutmeg
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cinnamon
  • [1/2] tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • [1/2] cup sliced almonds
  • [1/2] cup pistachios
  • [1/2] cup pine nuts
  • [1/2] cup white or golden raisins


In a large pot over medium heat, bring chicken, yellow quartered onion, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, 1 teaspoon salt, and water to a boil. Cook, skimming off any foam, for 40 minutes. Set aside to cool. Remove chicken from broth, and pull apart chicken, discarding skin and bones.

In another large pot over medium heat, heat 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add chopped yellow onion and tomato, and cook, stirring intermittently, for 7 minutes.

Add long-grain rice, cardamom, cloves, seven spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper to onion-tomato mixture, and cook, stirring intermittently, for 3 minutes.

Add chicken broth from the pot to rice mixture, and stir. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 40 minutes.

Remove from heat, fluff rice with a fork, cover, and set aside for 10 minutes.

In a small saucepan over low heat, heat remaining 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, and white raisins, and toast for 3 minutes. Set aside.

To serve, spoon rice onto a serving dish. Top rice with chicken and toasted nuts, and serve warm.

Healthy Hint
You can make this dish a bit healthier by using brown basmati rice instead of white long-grain rice.

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