Kabsa recipe is a group of mixed rice dishes that come from Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, Kabsa is usually considered a national dish.

Kabsa with chicken

This recipe is made with meat and rice. The dish can usually be found served in countries like Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, and Bahrain. Also, Kabsa is popularly known as makbūs in most Arab states of the Persian Gulf. However, it is served similarly in all-region.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner
Cuisine Saudi Recipes
Servings 4 people
Calories 380 kcal


  • 1 g ground allspice
  • 0.6 g ground white pepper
  • 2 g dried whole lime powder
  • 55 g butter
  • 1 piece onion, finely chopped
  • 6 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 60 g tomato puree
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 carrots peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves whole garlic cloves
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cumin
  • 1 pinch ground coriander
  • 770 ml hot water
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 415 g unrinsed basmati rice
  • 40 g raisins
  • 25 g toasted slivered almonds
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • In a bowl mix spices together, cinnamon, saffron, cardamom, whitepper, allspice, lime powder
  • In a large pot melt butter then add garlic, onions and keep steering it till the onions are cooks for 5 minutes approximately
  • add the chicken pieces for 10 minutes untill they get brown
  • add the tomato paste and mix
  • In the same pot add canned tomatoes, whole cloves, nutmeg, carrots, coriander, cumin, black pepper, salt, kabsa spices stir them for three minutes and then add water, chicken bouillon cube
  • Bring to boil, then reduce heat and cover, till the chicken is cooked for 30 minutes
  • Gently stir in the rice. Cover the pot until rice is almost cooked and almost dry, for 25 minutes add the raisins and a more hot water if needed
  • Cook for another 10 minutes till the rice is cooked
  • Serve it hot with the chicken and top and nuts


Fiber: 2gCalories: 380kcalFat: 5gProtein: 6gCarbohydrates: 55g
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