Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Tahini Yogurt Sauce. This dish is full of amazing flavor. The chicken and rice are cooked in one pot, making it easy to bake and easy to clean up!

Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice: Chicken thighs and rice are cooked with delicious Middle Eastern spices, in one pot, and topped with a savory tahini yogurt sauce.

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, but I had a busy day with my kids and didn’t have a lot of time to eat, so by the time dinner rolled around, I needed something filling. And, since I hadn’t felt like eating in a few days, I wanted something delicious and full of flavor.

Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice: Chicken thighs and rice are cooked with delicious Middle Eastern spices, in one pot, and topped with a savory tahini yogurt sauce.

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 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 remember 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 delicious. Seriously.

Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice: Chicken thighs and rice are cooked with delicious Middle Eastern spices, in one pot, and topped with a savory tahini yogurt sauce.

The other nice thing 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 (Amazon link) 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.

Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice: 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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Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice: Chicken thighs and rice are cooked with delicious Middle Eastern spices, in one pot, and topped with a savory tahini yogurt sauce.
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. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: middle eastern chicken and rice
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 574 kcal
Ingredients
Chicken
  • 1.75 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp 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 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp white cooking wine
  • 2/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup, packed kale, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tespoon garlic
  • 1.5 cups jasmine rice
  • 1.5 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp 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 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
Chicken
  1. In a medium sized bowl with lid, mix together all of the ingredients for the chicken, except for the chicken.

  2. If chicken thighs are large, cut them in half.

  3. Place chicken in bowl with marinade and mix well. Cover and let marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Rice and Veggies
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. Add chicken broth, 1 cup of water, lemon juice, tumeric, cumin, cardamom, nutmeg, and salt. Stir well.

  5. Place chicken thighs on top of rice mixture and let mixture come to a simmer. 

  6. 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
  1. Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. If not using immediately, cover and place in refrigerator. 

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice with Tahini Yogurt Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 574 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 804mg 34%
Potassium 442mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 4.9%
Vitamin C 8.7%
Calcium 5%
Iron 14.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice: Chicken thighs and rice are cooked with delicious Middle Eastern spices, in one pot, and topped with a savory tahini yogurt sauce.

If you enjoyed this Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice, you’ll probably enjoy these other SugarSpicesLife recipes:

Chicken and Vegetable Farro Salad
Lemongrass Curry Chicken
Barbacoa Beef (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)
Curry Meatballs with Coconut Rice


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