Easy Saudi Kabsa (Zainab's) (Gluten Free)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Tasty. Chicken with spiced yellow rice & a nice tomato sauce or if you are tomato free serve it with Basic Nomato Sauce (Tomato Free Tomato Sauce) used to replace the tomato puree. Modified from http://arabicbites.blogspot.com

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season chicken breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper, cook over high heat, turning when golden.
  2. Rince basmati rice well and soak in cold water for 20 minutes.
  3. Drain.
  4. In a deep pan add all ingredients under rice heading, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer covered on low for 14-20 minutes until done.
  5. For the sauce stir all the ingredients under daqous heading in a medium pot.
  6. Simmer until well combined over low heat adding additional liquid if needed.
  7. Serve chicken breast alongside basmati rice with Daqous & a green salad.
  8. Enjoy.
Most Helpful

Yes, this is fantastic! I only had bone-in chicken thighs available (I like to use up what I have on hand). Fried it up and while the chicken was cooking prepared the rice. Used a homemade baharat mix from a recipe on this site but I don't remember which recipe it was. Prepared the sauce early in the day. Easy to make and a beautiful presentation with a splash of fresh cilantro; parsley from the garden. Served with pan grilled bell peppers of a variety of different colors and bread to scoop up the daqous. One big change: switched grape seed oil for olive oil because the former has a higher flash point for high heat cooking. Best part: ~~Tasty Dish~ approved! Reviewed for Ramadan Tag August. Making again soon! Thank you.

COOKGIRl August 24, 2010

This was absolutley fantastic! For the Eastern Mixed spice I used a dash each of: cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper. The tomato sauce was perfection. I did use an Egyption packaged rice mix and left the chicken thick cut instead of pounding out. Thanks for posting a quick and easy dish that still manages to have a great complex layering of flavors.

Vicki in CT February 15, 2010

i used bone in chicken breasts with a little water on bottom to cook sprinkled spices librally on top this was amazing used rice with carrots and pine nuts since ive been wanting to try really good

Dienia B. October 10, 2011