Sweet Jeweled Rice

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by pattikay in L.A.

From the New Book of Middle Eastern Food, posted for ZWT III, North Africa and the Middle East. When I made this, I used chutney rather than the orange marmalade and it was very nice.

Top Review by JanetB-KY

I made this recently for PAC and served it with Curried lentils. I couldn't find the Barberries anywhere (still curious about those as I had never heard of them and the name is cool lol). Even with the one ingredient missing this was a hit. We tend to like fruity savoury dishes in our household and this one will definitely be a repeat. It isn't something you want to make if you're wanting highly spiced (I DID end up putting some garlic in it for a bit of balance) and it also needs salt when finished to bring out the flavors some. But this is a mild fruity rice dish that I think would be just as good w/out the chicken and served as a side dish. Will make again. Thanks Pattikay!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. sauté the chicken in 2 T of butter, turning over and sprinkling with salt till browned but still juicy inside.
  2. Cut each slice into about 6 pieces.
  3. wash the rice in warm water and rinse in colander under the cold tap.
  4. Soak the sour cherries, cranberries and barberries in water for 15 minutes.
  5. Throw the drained rice in plenty of boiling salted water in a large pan and boil for about 10 minutes until partly cooked and still a little firm, then drain.
  6. Heat 2 T butter in bottom of the pan and stir in the saffron.
  7. Spread alternate layers of rice, chicken pieces and the rest of the ingredients, ending with rice and sprinkling lightly with salt.
  8. Add the remaining butter or oil over the top at the end.
  9. Put the lid on and steam on the lowest heat for about 20-30 minutes or until the rice is tender.

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