Kabsa rice recipe

95 min


  • 1 ½ cup Abu Bint Golden Parboiled Rice
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  •  2 cups onions
  •  1/2 tsp ginger
  •  600 gms of chicken pieces
  •  1 Tbsp salt
  •  1/2 Tbsp ground pepper
  •  1/2 Tbsp cardamom powder
  •  1 dried lime
  •  1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  •  1/4 tsp clove powder
  •  1 bay leaf
  •  1 Tbsp tomato paste
  •  2 cups tomatoes finely chopped
  •  2 cup carrots
  •  1/3 cup almonds blanched

Cooking Instructions

Step 1

Wash and soak the rice for 45 minutes.


Step 2

Add the vegetable oil, chopped onion and ginger on a pot. Fry at medium heat.


Step 3

Add the chicken.


Step 4

Add the cardamom powder, cinnamon powder, clove powder, dried lime, bay leaf, salt, and pepper and mix it all together.


Step 5

Add the tomato paste and the chopped tomatoes and cook until the oil rises to the top. Add 1 liter (4 cups of water), cover and let the chicken cook for 25 minutes on medium-high heat.


Step 6

When the chicken is cooked, remove it and bake it in the oven for 5-10 minutes, then keep aside.


Step 7

Drain the rice and add it to the pot, add the carrots and mix.


Step 8

Cover the pot and cook the rice for 20 to 25 minutes over medium heat.


Step 9

Serve rice, top with chicken, and enjoy!


Secrets to Cooking the Best Traditional Kabsa

Is there anything more traditional than a flavorful dish of Kabsa? Originating from Arabic cuisine, this rice dish is filled with herbs and spices, delivering a delicious taste in every bite. Its simple preparation makes it the perfect recipe for hosting a special gathering and sharing an incredible meal the whole family will love – and, with the addition of chicken, it can be either a side dish or an entrée.


There are many keys to nailing this delicacy filled with flavors, aromas, and tradition. Start off on the right foot by securing the best possible texture and taste of the most important ingredient: the rice. By choosing Abu Bint Golden Parboiled Rice, you will be putting a premium rice variety on your plate, with grains that cook up to fluffy perfection, remaining separate and never overcooked. We recommend you wash and soak the rice first, for more flavorful results.


Follow with setting the stage to add an extra layer of flavor to the chicken, by sautéing the onion and fresh ginger in oil. The choice of spices is equally important, as most of the flavor will fuse when simmering the chicken and rice in the spiced tomato juices. Add Kabsa Spice Mix if you have some on hand or follow our ingredient suggestion to make your own spice blend – including cardamom, cinnamon, and clove powder.


Another secret to this recipe is that the chicken is cooked in two stages. First, it is stir fried with vegetables and spices, to guarantee a delicious taste. Then, it is baked for a crispy texture and an irresistible golden-like skin.


Once the rice is cooked, serve and top with the freshly baked chicken. Finish off by sprinkling the blanched almonds on top for an added crunch. For a spicy kick, serve with some Sattah on the side.


Make everyone proud by cooking the most Arabic-style chicken and rice dish with the help of Abu Bint Rice.