Al Kabsa

Al Kabsa
Al Kabsa.
Al Kabsa is a rice dish which is traditionally made in Saudi Arabia, although it is loved throughout the Middle East. Made from chicken, basmati rice, and a variety of spices, Al Kabsa is a hearty and filling dish that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. While this dish requires many spices, we promise the collection of ingredients will pay off when you taste this incredible marriage of flavors. Enjoy!

You’ll Need:

  • ½ tsp saffron
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • ½ tsp dried lime rind
  • ¼ cup almonds [sliced and toasted]
  • ¼ cup [1 stick] butter
  • 3 lbs chicken breast [8 – 10 pieces]
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup tomato puree
  • 14 oz chopped tomatoes [you can also use tomatoes from a can, but don’t drain them]
  • 3 carrots [peeled and grated] 
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 cube chicken stock
  • 2 ¼ cups basmati rice [uncooked, rinsed or soaked]
  • ¼ cup raisins


Melt the butter in a large pot or sauté pan. Sauté the chicken, onions and garlic in the butter until the onions are tender and translucent. Stir in the tomato puree and simmer over low heat for five to ten minutes, or until lightly bubbling.

Once the chicken mixture has simmered add the chopped tomatoes, cloves and all of your spices [every last one!] and cook for another five to ten minutes before adding the water and chicken stock cube.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer on low for thirty minutes. Stir the rice into the pot before re-covering the pot and simmering for another thirty to forty-five minutes.

Ten minutes before the rice is done add the raisins and cook until the rice is tender. Once the rice has finished place the mixture on a large serving plate and garnish with toasted almonds. [Makes 8 to 10 servings]