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Chicken Mansaf

Jordanian spicy yogurt chicken on rice dish

Chicken Mansaf


1 whole chicken, cut into pieces, skin removed
1 large onion, finly chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 cups plain yogurt
1 egg
1 Teasp cumin
1 Teasp turmeric
1 Teasp chili powder (optional)
1 cup almonds, freshly toasted
1/2 cup pine nuts, freshly toasted
Parsley, finely chopped to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
6 servings long grain white rice


  1. Place chicken in large pot of water with a pinch of salt, cook on a medium heat for about 35-45 min.
  2. In another pot boil the rice, once cooked drain and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan saute onion and garlic for 2-3 min then pour in yogurt, add spices and stir until smooth then on a medium heat add the beaten egg and stir.
  4. Add stock from the cooked chicken to make a lightly cream sauce.
  5. Add the chicken pieces to the yogurt sauce and cook coverd on a low heat for 10-15 min.
  6. On a platter, mound the rice then arrange the chicken pieces on top and pour most of the sauce over it.
  7. Set aside the remaining sauce to be added, as desired.
  8. Garnish with the almonds, pine nuts, parsley.
  9. Can be served with pita bread.

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