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Dill Rice with Chicken

Posted on 2018-02-08
Dill Rice with Chicken

Flavorful Dill Rice with Chicken! Made with white rice, dried dill, chicken, white kidney beans, onion, garlic, saffron, cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric.

This satisfying rice dish with chicken is perfect for weeknight cooking and even a great dinner idea for a crowd.


Yield: Serves 5

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups uncooked rice (I used this brand: Saleem Caravan, Super Golden Basmati Rice)
  • 3/4 cup dried white kidney beans, soaked overnight
  • 850 g boneless & skinless chicken, cut into 1 1/4 inches pieces
  • 1 cup dried dill
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ground saffron
  • ground cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • thin bread, I used pita bread
INSTRUCTIONS

Place the rice in a large bowl. Pour lukewarm water, stir and pour off the water. Repeat four times until water runs clear. Then soak rice in salted (with 1-2 tablespoons salt) lukewarm water for 2 hours.

Dill Rice with Chicken

Meanwhile, place the beans in a small pot and pour 3 cups water over them. Add a bit salt, cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until beans are just tender (do not overcook). Drain and set aside.

In another pot, heat 5 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add the onion and fry until golden. Increase heat to medium-high. Add the chicken and cook until no longer pink, stirring occasionally.

Add the turmeric powder and stir gently. Add 1/2 cup hot water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook covered for 10 minutes. Then add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon saffron, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cover the pot and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes (add a little hot water during cooking, if necessary), stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings and set aside.

Dill Rice with Chicken

To prepare the rice, pour water in a large pot (until it is 3/4-full), add 1 tablespoon salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Drain the soaked rice and add to the boiling water. Cook uncovered until rice is a little tender (not quite tender) about 4 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove from the stove; drain the rice in a colander.

Dill Rice with Chicken

Pour 4 tablespoons oil in a non-stick pot. Place a layer of thin bread in pot; it should cover the bottom of the pot. Add 1/3 of the rice over the bread. Then add 1/3 of the cooked beans on top and, sprinkle with 1/3 of the dried dill.

Dill Rice with Chicken

Add 1/3 of the chicken. Sprinkle with a bit of saffron and cinnamon.

Repeat 2 more times until you have used up all the rice, beans, chicken and dill.

Dill Rice with Chicken

Try to make a nice mound in the middle. Place the garlic halves into the rice. Using handle of a wooden spoon, make deep holes in rice.

Pour 1/2 cup water and 7 tablespoons oil over the rice. Don't forget to sprinkle with a bit of ground cinnamon and saffron on top.

Put the lid on and cook over medium heat until it begins to steam. Then wrap a kitchen towel around underside of the pot lid, making sure it is secured on top and away from heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for approximately 35-45 minutes. Don't overcook, you don't want the rice to become too mushy.

Dill Rice with Chicken

When rice is ready, remove the pot from the heat. Transfer the rice to a serving dish.

For Tah-deeg (crispy bread); carefully remove the crusty bottom with a spatula in one whole piece.

Dill Rice with Chicken

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Comments

Posted by Cinnamon Zone on 2018-02-21
This is a great recipe for me, as it is an all in one dish for the whole family to enjoy. I also like the colors of the dill, beans, rice and chicken all mixed together. The spices also give it added flavor and I am sure a great aroma. Definitely an appetizing meal to look forward to.

Posted by sarvenaz on 2018-02-08
avec des fves, la mme recette est aussi bonne.

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