Levant/ poultries

Chicken Fattah

Chicken fattah is a recipe that you will find all over the Middle East. This is the Lebanese version and my favorite. The flavors really combine well together and the drizzled butter in my opinion is a must in this dish so do not dare skip it.

4 chicken breast, boneless and skinless
1 bay leaf
1-1/2 cups basmati rice, washed and drained
1-1/2 cup chicken broth
5 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 cup yogurt
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 large pita bread, toasted
salt, to taste

1. In a 4-quart saucepan on medium heat add chicken, bay leaf and cover with water. Cook for 30 minuntes until meat is no longer pink. Shred chicken and set aside. In a saute pan om medium-high heat add 3 tablespoons butter and rice, mix well and fry rice for 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and bring heat to high when boiling cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 15 minutes until rice is done.

2. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a heat proof serving dish layer chicken and rice until finished. Sprinkle paprika on top of chicken and rice. Tear pita bread and cover the top of the chicken and rice. In a small bowl add yogurt and garlic, mix well. Pour yogurt mixture all over the top. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and drizzle on top of yogurt. Place dish in the oven for 10 minutes and serve.

Yields: 6 servings


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    07.26.10 at 10:47 pm

    I made this today and it was AMAZING!!!! We all loved it, even my rice hating hubby :D. I am going to make this regularly 😀

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    10.27.10 at 7:57 am


    I tried this recipe today after i was thrilled yesterday with the kofta! check out my review again:

    thanks for sharing! alhumdullilah!

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    10.27.10 at 10:13 am

    I am so glad you and your families loved this dish. I love it so much as well. All the flavors blend so well together yummy your making me want it now, maybe for dinner 😉

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    03.16.12 at 2:24 am

    Hi Noor, I somehow landed on your blog and loved all your recipes. You won’t believe i went through all your recipes in straight 4 hrs :-).I tried chicken Fattah today and it turned out really well. I need a suggestion i found chicken a little bland for my taste, can we saute it with some particular ingredient so it still blends well.

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    03.18.12 at 9:46 pm

    wow what a sweet comment. Yea the meal is not spicy or anything at all that is just the taste. The yogurt is the main flavor in the dish.

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    09.25.14 at 3:49 pm

    Hello Noor, I enjoyed reading mostly all of your recipes last night, they all look so yummy MashAllah. I stayed from almost 1 am up to fajer salaah reading them.

    I saved a bunch of recipes and today I started with the chicken fattah it was absolutely delicious, my family loved it.

    I can’t wait to try all your other recipes, thank u so much for sharing them.

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    09.25.14 at 3:54 pm

    I had 2 questions I forgot to mention, do you think it’ll make much difference if I used olive oil instead of butter to drizzle in the end?

    And do you think i’ll get the same texture if I toasted the bread instead of frying it?
    Because I usually fry them instead of toasting, but i’m trying to take a healthier choice.
    Thank u loads.

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