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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!
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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: 574kcal



  • 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


  • 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



  • 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.


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


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


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