Palestinian Kabsa Recipe

palestinian kabsa recipe


  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 1 kg chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Kabsa spice mix (a blend of cinnamon, black lime, cardamom, cloves, bay leaves, nutmeg, black lime, and black pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish


  1. Prepare the Chicken:
    • Season the chicken pieces with salt, black pepper, and half of the Kabsa spice mix. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Sauté Onions and Garlic:
    • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic, sautéing until they become golden brown.
  3. Add Chicken and Brown:
    • Add the marinated chicken to the pot and brown it on all sides.
  4. Incorporate Tomatoes and Tomato Paste:
    • Stir in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste, cooking until the tomatoes soften.
  5. Spice it Up:
    • Add the remaining Kabsa spice mix, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to coat the chicken evenly with the spices.
  6. Add Rice and Broth:
    • Pour in the Basmati rice and chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is almost cooked.
  7. Add Vegetables:
    • Stir in the thawed peas and carrots, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the pot.
  8. Finish Cooking:
    • Cover the pot again and let it simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked and the chicken is tender.
  9. Garnish and Serve:
    • Garnish the Kabsa with chopped fresh cilantro or parsley before serving.
  10. Serve Hot:
    • Serve the Palestinian Kabsa hot, either family-style on a large platter or individually plated.

This Palestinian Kabsa recipe is a hearty and flavorful dish that brings together aromatic spices and tender chicken with perfectly cooked rice. Enjoy the rich and delicious flavors of this traditional Middle Eastern dish!

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