Al Kabsa - Ancient Arabian Chicken and Fragrant Rice
40 mins (prep 20, cooking 20)
19 ingredients
6 servings
This classic Arabian dish is Saudi Arabian in origin, and is believed to originate from the nomadic Bedouin tribes centuries ago. Arabic cuisine has its roots in tent cookery. Nomadic tribes could use only transportable foods such as rice and dates, or their nomadic stock like sheep and camels in their recipes. As the caravans journeyed throughout the Middle East, new seasonings and vegetables were discovered and added to the existing repertoire. Each new discovery was incorporated into the diet in quantities palatable to a particular tribe - a fact that many cooks believe is responsible for the anomalies found in some Arabic dishes today. You can use lamb (or camel !!) in this dish, but it is more usual to make it with chicken nowadays. I have a recipe posted on Zaar for the Kabsa spice mix needed in this recipe. Classic Arabian Kabsa Spice Mix from the Spice Route

Categories:  served-hot , <-60-mins , saudi-arabian , pasta,-rice-and-grains , rice , poultry , tomato , taste~mood , spicy , romantic , lebanese , long-grain-rice , southwest-asia-(middle-east) , one-dish-meal , time-to-make , asian , holiday , chicken , easy , presentation , main-dish , meat , heirloom~historical , vegetable ,
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Serving Size (443.83 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 692.5 Calories from Fat 205.47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22.83g 210.71%
Saturated Fat 5.29g 158.7%
Trans Fat 0.11g %
Cholesterol 143.33mg 286.67%
Sodium 630.36mg 157.59%
Total Carbohydrate 84.91g 169.83%
Dietary Fiber 6.81 g 163.4%
Sugars 2.07 g %
Protein 37.95g 455.35%
Vitamin A 724.33IU% Vitamin C 13.1mg%
Calcium 137.82mg% Iron 8.24mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
dried, fresh tomatoes, fresh coriander, kabsa spice mix, fresh tomatoes, green chili