I am currently trying to cook a dish from every country and this is what I used for Bahrain. Delicious! I recommend using bone-in chicken, otherwise it can dry out.
4 3/4 stars! This is delicious for DH, DD (toddler) and I. We all ate more than usual! I cut each spice down by a little I think. The rice is very flavourful. I used a good canned plum tomatoes, an extra clove of garlic and would probably do so again, I did not use green hot pepper as we don't enjoy hot spicy and less cinnamon as I did not add any to brown the chicken in the oven as I didn't find a need to do the oven part as the chicken was already cooked and may have become too dry doing that. I used Iranian rose water which I find to be superior in all aspects, sea salt and the rest of the ingredients. I will make this again with a fresh salad and sauce containing fried okra (bamia) or frozen okra thrown into the dish part way through as I did once. Just don't put it in for the full time or it disintegrates.
AMAZING.. I loved it.
I made this to celebrate the first race of the Formula 1 2010 season. The race was held in Bharain, so I searched for a traditional Bahrainian dish and yours came up...thank you so much for posting this. What a fabulous dish, the flavours were fresh, light and so different to any I have tried so far! I didn't have black dried limes so used fresh ones, but followed the recipe exactly as stated and it was wonderful. I used diced chicken as the family are not into bones but it made no difference, the chicken pieces browned beautifully and almost caramelized. All the different flavours from the limes, rose water, coriander and spices etc just burst forward at each mouthful. I used #224763 . I will definitely do this dish again and again!
Amazing! I always made the lamb machbous but the chicken is prepared same way and the spices are just right!