Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Chicken Machboos (Bahraini Spiced Chicken and Rice)

Chicken Machboos (Bahraini Spiced Chicken and Rice)

Recipe source :  Adapted from The Daring Gourmet

This chicken machboos is very  similar to our local "Nasi Briyani". It is so ironic that I have not  cooked our local "Nasi Briyani" all these years,  yet I am now cooking a Bahraini spiced chicken and rice!. Unbelievable!

I modified the cooking style by taking the short cut and cooked this very fragrant and savoury rice in an electric rice cooker.  This is because I have not cooked rice the conventional way for such a long time that I was worried that I might end up with a pot of burnt rice. It is better to be safe than sorry!

If you like spicy food, this is delicious! More or less like our local "Nasi Briyani".


1 large onion, diced
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp Baharat     (please refer to above link on how to prepare this Baharat)
1 tsp turmeric
2 whole chicken drumsticks  ( cut into 2 pieces each )
2 red chilli padi, sliced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
5 cloves garlic, sliced
2  large tomatoes
2-3 dried limes  (loomi)       ( I omitted this )
5 cardamon pods
2 cloves
1 stick cinnamon ( about 2 inches long )
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chicken stock
250g rice
2 stalks fresh cilantro, chopped

Top left : turmeric powder. Top middle: cardamon pods. Top right : cloves
Bottom left : cinnamon bark. Bottom right : red chillies

Top left : tomatoes
Middle left : ginger.
Centre : garlic 
Bottom left :  large onion
Far right : cilantro


1.  Heat oil in a wok and brown the chicken pieces. Remove and set aside.
2.  Using the remaining oil in the wok, fry the diced onions until brownish.
3.  Add in minced ginger, sliced garlic and red chillies.
4.  Add in the Baharat and turmeric and cook for another minute.
5.  Switch off the flame and remove contents of the wok into a rice cooker.
6.  Add in the washed rice and chicken pieces together with water.
7.  Add in tomatoes and cilantro.
8.  Add in cardamon pods, cloves and cinnamon bark to the rice-cooker
9.  Add in salt and stir to mix well.
10.  Switch on the rice-cooker and let it auto-cook until done.
11.  Once the indicator shows "done", fluff up the rice and scoop out the rice to a serving plate and arrange the chicken pieces around the rice.

I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest : West Asia 


  1. Wow, another easy recipe to try, i got to get myself a rice cooker!:P

    1. Hi Jeannie, I think that's a very good investment! :)


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