Go Back
+ servings

Halal Guys Chicken and Rice

A copycat recipe of the famous street cart turmeric rice and spiced chicken with an addictive white sauce. So good!
Print Pin
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: chicken, rice
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marination Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 587kcal
Author: Farah Abumaizar

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts 900 g, about 6
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano powder
  • 1 tsp all spice or seven spices
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil for cooking

For the white sauce:

  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt 170g (6oz)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise 115 g
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

For the rice:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice, soaked for 20 minutes then rinsed until water runs clear
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or 1 stock cube dissolved in 2.5 cups hot water
  • salt and pepper to taste, a pinch of each

To assemble:

  • 1 chopped tomato
  • handful chopped parsley
  • sriracha sauce

Instructions

For the chicken:

  • In a bowl, add all the ingredients for chicken marinade, like the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic cloves, all the spices and the salt and pepper. Combine until well mixed, then add the chicken breast and toss to coat evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinade for 1-2 hours. (meanwhile you can make the white sauce).
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet on medium high heat, then add the chicken. Cook for 5-6 minutes each side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove chicken to a cutting board, and let it rest for 10 minutes, before chopping roughly into 2 inch cubes.

For the white sauce:

  • Mix together all the ingredients for the sauce, and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

For the rice:

  • Add the butter to a large saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add the turmeric and cumin, and stir for 1 minutes or until spices are fragrant.
  • Add the basmati rice, and toast the rice by stirring around in the pan for 4 minutes. Add the chicken stock, plus a pinch of salt and pepper to season. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • After rice cooking time, once all the water has been absorbed, remove pan from the heat and set aside for 15 minutes without disturbing. After 15 minutes, fluff gently with a fork.

To assemble:

  • Place the rice in your serving platter, top with the chicken, the white sauce, and chopped tomatoes and parsley. You can add some pita bread too. Optionally, but recommend, drizzle with sriraracha sauce!

Notes

This recipe is a copycat recipe of the famous Halal Guys food truck in New York City.
 
The rice portion of this recipe was taken from Serious Eats.
Tried this recipe?Mention @everylittlecrumb or tag #everylittlecrumb!

Nutrition

Calories: 587kcal