Qabili Pilau with Chicken

Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Afghan recipe for chicken with rice, carrots and raisins. For the Dim Sum fans out there, this is a sort of Afghanistan Sticky Rice - it's exactly the same, only way different. ;)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large skillet, brown onion in 2 tbsp oil.
  2. Add chicken and brown lightly.
  3. Add 2 cups water, salt, cinnamon, cumin and cardamom.
  4. Cover and simmer until meat is tender, about one hour.
  5. Remove chicken and set aside.
  6. Set juice aside.
  7. Saute carrots and brown sugar in 4 tbsp oil until lightly browned.
  8. Remove and set aside.
  9. Add raisins to oil and cook until they swell up.
  10. Remove and set aside.
  11. Return the juice to the skillet.
  12. Add rice and 4 cups water and bring to a boil.
  13. Simmer until the water is absorbed.
  14. Pre-heat oven to 300.
  15. Mix the meat, carrots, raisins and rice.
  16. Place in a large casserole, cover and bake for 30 minutes.


Most Helpful

Tried it for dinner tonight. My only change was using left over chicken (wanted to use it up). Very tasty! Quite a few steps but definitely worth the effort. Will have it again for sure.

Erica B. May 13, 2010

This is similar to the recipe my mother has been using for years. I used chicken with the bone still on because it adds more flavor. I also used a pressure cooker instead of a skillet as it really tenderizes the meat and makes the juice more flavorful. Also, I didn't mix everything. Traditionally, the meat is placed under the rice, and the rice piled over in a mound, then the carrots and raisins placed on top. I also used slivered almonds with the raisins and carrots which my brother absolutely loves.

Zehbah May 12, 2010

TERRIBLE! We didn't like it at all.

sankoefam November 12, 2006

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