Saudi Kabsa Recipe

Kabsa, in Arabic it is called "كبسة" is a family of rice dishes that are served mostly in Saudi Arabia, and the other Arab states of the Arabian Gulf. Chicken kabsa recipe is one of the most popular dishes in Saudi Arabia. It is considered a staple. There are various methods to prepare Saudi kabsa. Let's try two wonderful methods:

Saudi Kabsa Recipe I

  • 1 2/12 - 3 pound chicken, cut into eight pieces
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato puree
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • Grated rind of one orange
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • Sale and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Sautee onion in oil until it begins to brown. Add chicken pieces, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and garlic and stir for about five minutes over low heat. Stir in three cups hot water, grated carrot, orange rind, spices, salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat, covered, about 20-25 minutes, until chicken is done.
  • Remove chicken. Set aside to keep warm. Stir rice into the liquid in the pan, and cook, covered over low heat for about 35 - 40 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Put rice on a serving platter with chicken pieces arranged around the circumfrence. Toss raisins and almonds over all.
Serves: 6

Saudi Kabsa Recipe II

  • 1 roasting chicken, small one for 2 people and large one for 4 people
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 maggie chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 6 cardamoms
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 dried lemons
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • pine nuts, and raisins, for flavor
  • PLEASE note, when cooking with basmati rice you always have to soak in water first or it will not cook well, for at least 15 mins!
  • In a stockpot add your onions and garlic on medium and let brown. Then add all of your *spices. Stir in tomato sauce on med heat until sauce thickens.
  • Then add you chicken into the sauce. I let it sauté for a few minutes on med heat still. Rotate your chicken so it gets all the flavors. After this add your maggie and water. Add water so it covers your chicken this is usually between half and full that I do.
  • Now let your chicken cook like this for about 35 minutes. The first few minutes let it cook on boil them turn the heat down to medium for the rest of time.
  • Meanwhile get another pot the same size and put your basmati in it. I use about 4 teacups full (the Arabic tea cup) then add some vegetable oil or ghee. Not too much but not to less. Then just set your rice aside until after your chicken has cooked.
  • Now after your chicken has cooked for 35 minutes you will turn your oven on broil. Put the chicken in a roasting pan. I add the dried lemons to it. You have to watch it because it only takes a minute on so on broil. It will get crispy and blacken a bit but this is how it is supposed to be.
  • Do not throw your broth away that you cooked your chicken in because we will use this to cook the rice.
  • Add the broth spices and all to your rice (just let it cover the rice and some extra) then just throw the rest away. Cook rice covered for 8 minutes then uncover stirring and cook for another 8 minutes. Make sure you left your sticks and all in the rice this makes it tasty.
  • Now on a serving platter put your rice, then lay your chicken on top, add boiled eggs around the chicken and sprinkle nuts and raisins. You now have the best Saudi Kabsa there is.
How to cook Kabsah - Video


  1. Asalam Alaykum,
    I just came across your blog and noticed that for Saudi kabsa 2 recipe you have taken my recipe, this is a recipe I created over the years. The entire thing is my words even the "take notes", if you are going to use other peoples recipes and pics you have to at least give them credit. Please take the recipe off or give me credit.

  2. Noor, good for you! i hope the owner of Arabic food recipes , will give you the credit!!
    and to you , the owner of this blog, copying and pasting is a very simple thing to do but claiming things to yourself is a really naughty thing to do! be careful about where you post from!
    we work hard on our blogs and recipes and you cannot just post them and claim them to owe noor an apology too.
    I hope you will be courteous when it comes to publishing others people's material and never do it again or at least ask for a permission with credit given to the original owner.


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