Lebanese Chicken and Rice (Djaj Mah Ruz)

Total Time
2hrs
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

Back in my college days, I had (and still have) a Lebanese friend, whose mother would often invite me to dinner with their family. This dish was one of my favorites, and it took me a long time to find this recipe. This is just about as good as I remember.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. STEP A: Set oven to 450 degrees F. Clean chicken and rub all over with remaining ingredients in Step A. Place in a roasting pan with a 1/2 cup water. Bake for 1 1/4 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. STEP B: While chicken is cooking, prepare stuffing on top of stove. In a saucepan, saute butter and meat until meat is brown. Add the washed and drained rice, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Saute for 1 minute; add the water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until rice is tender.
  3. STEP C: While rice is cooking, saute nuts in butter until golden brown. Add the raisins, if desired, and saute for 1 minute.
  4. TO SERVE: De-bone chicken; set aside. Place rice stuffing on a large platter. Arrange chicken meat pieces over top of rice. Sprinkle nuts and raisins over the chicken.