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Kuwaiti Chicken Daqoows

Garlic tomato sauce chicken on rice

Kuwaiti Chicken Daqoows


1 baby chicken
1 cinnamon stick
salt to taste
3 cardamom pods
1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons rice flour (to be gluten free)
2 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
4 black peppercorns
2 cups basmati rice
2 large yellow onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup golden raisin, soaked in water
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried lime powder, Loomi
1 teaspoon middle eastern mixed spice (optional)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 cups pureed canned tomatoes
2 tablespoons water
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup pine nuts
sliced blanched almond (optional)


  1. Rinse chicken inside and out.
  2. place in a stockpot with enough water to cover. Add cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorns, juice of 1/2 lemon and salt to taste.
  3. Bring to a boil skimming as required, continue to simmer partially covered until chicken is done (approximately 40 minutes).
  4. Remove and drain the chicken, reserving broth though a strainer.
  5. Prepare basmati rice according to it's package directions, using broth from chicken instead of water. Add turmeric for colour and salt to taste.
  6. While the rice is cooking, cook the onions in a skillet over medium heat, with 2 tablespoons olive oil, until soft.
  7. Sprinkle with a little water and stir quickly until onions are brown and the water has evaporated. Stir in drained raisins, pine nuts, sliced blanched almonds if using, ˝ teaspoons bahrat and loomi powder. Cook for one minute. Remove mixture from skillet and set aside.
  8. Lightly dust the boiled, drained chicken with flour. In a clean skillet over medium-high heat, brown the chicken in 1 Tbs. olive oil, turning, until the outside is crispy and brown.
  9. For the tomato sauce, add water, chopped tomatoes, crushed garlic, tomato paste, salt, sugar and the rest of bahrat in a small saucepan, sauté until tomatoes are soft and the sauce is well blended.
  10. When the rice is done, spread it on a serving platter. Sprinkle the onion mixture over the rice, and place the chicken on top. Pass the tomato garlic sauce to spoon onto individual plates.

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