Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Yogurt Tahini Sauce

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Chicken and rice are cooked with delicious spices, then topped with a yogurt tahini sauce. This Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Yogurt Tahini Sauce is packed full of unique, delicious flavors!

Chicken and rice are cooked with delicious spices, then topped with a yogurt tahini sauce. This Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Yogurt Tahini Sauce is packed full of unique, delicious flavors!

Filling Meals

This past weekend I was sick, so between that and the passing of our dog, I didn’t have much of an appetite for a few days.

Yesterday, my appetite started coming back. However, I had a busy day with my kids, and didn’t have a lot of time to eat.

By the time dinner rolled around, I needed something filling. And I was craving something delicious and full of flavor.

Chicken and rice are cooked with delicious spices, then topped with a yogurt tahini sauce. This Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Yogurt Tahini Sauce is packed full of unique, delicious flavors!

Mediterranean Food

Years ago there was a restaurant near my husband’s and my church called Tahina’s. I would describe it as a cross between a Mediterranean restaurant, BBQ shack, and a Panera. That may not make sense. But, it doesn’t matter … it was amazing. My stomach is rumbling just thinking about it.

Yesterday I wanted something along Tahina’s lines. I remembered that a few months ago I had made Ev’s Eats One Pot Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so used that as an inspiration and baseline of sorts for this recipe. It is so delicious. Seriously.

Chicken and rice are cooked with delicious spices, then topped with a yogurt tahini sauce. This Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Yogurt Tahini Sauce is packed full of unique, delicious flavors!

Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice

One of the many nice things about this recipe is that the chicken and rice are cooked and baked in one dish. I’m all about easy when it comes to baking and clean up.

I used my husband’s dutch oven to make this dish as it’s my favorite dish to use for recipes that start on the stove and end in the oven. This particular dutch oven has served us extremely well, and was a lot cheaper that it’s Le Creuset rival.

January 4th, 2020 Update

I have updated this post with new photos. I also wanted to add a note regarding the name of this recipe. I decided to describe this dish as ‘Middle Eastern’ as opposed to ‘Mediterranean’, or just chicken and rice, due to many of the spices I used.

Do all of the spices fall under any one category or style of cooking? Nope. Will you find this dish at a restaurant that is authentic for any cuisine? Definitely not.

The dish has a blend of spices and ingredients that I enjoy using in my kitchen. By no means am I claiming to be an expert, or to even offer commentary on anyone else’s cuisine. Heck, I’m from the Carolinas and don’t even consider myself a southern cuisine expert!

But, I do genuinely hope that you enjoy this dish as much as my family does. And I also hope that you feel free to experiment with spices and ingredients to make it exactly how you want it!

Chicken and rice are cooked with delicious spices, then topped with a yogurt tahini sauce. This Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Yogurt Tahini Sauce is packed full of unique, delicious flavors!

This Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Yogurt Tahini Sauce is packed full of flavor! A filling dinner that is perfect for feeding a crowd, or just a hungry family!

Chicken and rice are cooked with delicious spices, then topped with a yogurt tahini sauce. This Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Yogurt Tahini Sauce is packed full of unique, delicious flavors!

Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Chicken thighs and rice are cooked with delicious Middle Eastern spices, in one pot, and topped with a savory tahini yogurt sauce. 
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Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 574
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Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1.75 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Rice and Veggies

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon white cooking wine
  • 2/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup kale, coarsely chopped packed
  • 1 tespoon garlic
  • 1.5 cups Jasmine rice
  • 1.5 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Sauce

  • 1 7 ounce package plain greek yogurt I used FAGE, it’s about 2/3 cup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Chicken

  • In a medium sized bowl with lid, mix together all of the ingredients for the chicken, except for the chicken.
  • If chicken thighs are large, cut them in half.
  • Place chicken in bowl with marinade and mix well. Cover and let marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Rice and Veggies

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a dutch oven or other oven safe pot with lid, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Place chicken in skillet and brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet as it browns, and set it aside. 
  • Add another tablespoon of olive to pot as well as chopped onion. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Add white wine and cook until wine is absorbed. Then, add garlic, kale, tomatoes, and rice. Saute for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, 1 cup of water, lemon juice, tumeric, cumin, cardamom, nutmeg, and salt. Stir well.
  • Place chicken thighs on top of rice mixture and let mixture come to a simmer. 
  • After mixture has come to a simmer, cover with a lid and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. After this, remove lid and cook for another 15 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Serve with sauce.

Sauce

  • Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. If not using immediately, cover and place in refrigerator. 

Notes

Inspired by: http://www.evseats.com/one-pot-middle-eastern-chicken-rice/

Nutrition

Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 804mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 7.2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.6mg

Disclaimer: All nutritional information provided on this website is an estimate only and is not guaranteed.

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Jenn
Jenn
October 13, 2020 1:52 am
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This was AMAZING!!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Been sick of the typical dishes I’ve been making lately so I’m glad I stumbled upon this. Def gonna add this as a regular. Gonna send to all my friends.

Emily
Emily
Reply to  SugarSpicesLife
November 5, 2020 12:35 pm

Nevermind I wrote a question about the recipe but I just figured it out! Making this tonight.

Last edited 11 months ago by Emily
Larissa
Larissa
January 17, 2021 8:24 pm

When do you add the rice?

Jean
Jean
January 18, 2021 6:33 pm

Is the marinade the first section with the chicken?

Hallie
Hallie
February 9, 2021 10:35 am

Just want to confirm – when you say add the chicken to the skillet to brown – you’re actually browning it in the Dutch Oven, correct? Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!!!

Karen
Karen
March 6, 2021 8:05 pm

5 stars
Just made this for the first time for our annual international missions banquet at church, and I must say this is delicious! I made enough to keep some for ourselves and I’m sure it will taste even better tomorrow after letting the flavors meld together. 😁🙏

Janessa
Janessa
April 16, 2021 6:08 am

5 stars
Amazing!!!!!!

Tammy
Tammy
May 6, 2021 12:09 pm

This is an amazing recipe! We’re a family of 3 & found it easily makes 6 portions. Any idea how long it’ll keep in the fridge & whether you can freeze it?

Tammy
Tammy
Reply to  SugarSpicesLife
July 7, 2021 11:47 am

Thanks so much for replying! The tahini sauce is so yummy, husband is a huge fan 😋

Rctl
Rctl
July 8, 2021 3:19 pm

Can you use chicken breast will it still taste good

Neeks
Neeks
July 25, 2021 9:41 pm

Just to confirm, we are adding 1.5 cups of uncooked rice to the to the mix right?

Neeks
Neeks
Reply to  SugarSpicesLife
July 25, 2021 10:03 pm

That was a quick response! Thanks, excited to make this!

Lauren Breinberg
Lauren Breinberg
August 8, 2021 7:49 pm

This recipe looks amazing! I only have extra long parboiled rice on hand ,should I still stick to your liquid measurements as far as broth and water go?

Last edited 2 months ago by Lauren Breinberg
Sabb
Sabb
September 1, 2021 2:48 am

4 stars
Can I substitute the white cooking wine for apple cider vinegar?

CarrieAnn
CarrieAnn
September 1, 2021 3:58 pm

may sound like an odd question. Can you substitute stew meat instead of chicken?

CarrieAnn
CarrieAnn
Reply to  SugarSpicesLife
September 3, 2021 7:50 am

i did try using the stewed meat. meat did dry out a bit but overall the flavors were good

joe russo
joe russo
September 26, 2021 12:25 pm

Cant wait to try this .my brother inlaw use to make this very similar recipe and it was delicious

Robyn B.
Robyn B.
September 27, 2021 8:40 pm
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5 stars
Really really great meal! It turned out so good. The next time I make it I will double the kale and tomatoes!


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