Chicken Kabsa: One of Famous Dishes in Saudi Cuisine


Food in Saudi Arabia is a masterful fusion of culture, creativity, and tradition, capturing the dynamic spirit of the nation’s Bedouin heritage. Food is significant in traditional Saudi Arabian culture regarded as a sign of hospitality. Unlike many other Middle Eastern culinary traditions, the foundation of KSA cuisine mostly consists of red meat, especially lamb, with chicken playing a large secondary role. One of the most famous dishes in Saudi Cuisine is Chicken Kabsa.

Notably, Chicken Kabsa is considered the national dish of Saudi Arabia. Kabsa is a tasty mixed basmati rice made with chicken, veggies, and a variety of spices.

Furthermore, its regional differences highlight the nation’s varied culinary environment and its cuisine’s versatility. It is worth mentioning that Kabsa’s blend of rich and savory ingredients perfectly captures KSA’s love of spicy and hearty meals.



Chicken Kabsa
Chicken Kabsa


Chicken Kabsa Recipe

1)Ingredients of Chicken Kabsa

  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 500g chicken
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 2 dried limes
  • 1 tablespoon of Kabsa spice mix
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cups of hot water


2)Instructions to Make Kabsa

  • Firstly, fry onions in a pot until they turn golden brown.
  • Secondly, add garlic, tomatoes, and carrots, and simmer for a few more minutes.
  • Thirdly, add the chicken and brown it all over, then add salt, dried limes, and Kabsa spice blend.
  • Fourthly, add boiling water to the pan, cover it, and simmer until the meat is cooked.
  • Fifthly, add the almonds, raisins, and rice to the saucepan, cover, and simmer until the rice is soft and until the rice  completely absorb the water.
  • Finally, when the rice is fluffy, Kabsa is ready.


Pro Tip: For a smoky flavor, toss in a bit of charcoal when adding the rice. Then, before serving, cover and set aside for a few minutes.


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