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Halal Cart Style Chicken and Rice (Copycat)

Halal cart style chicken and rice is a delicious fragrant one dish meal that is easier than you think. Perfectly spiced tender chicken with fragrant yellow Basmati rice all drizzled in a copycat Halal guys white sauce. A restaurant quality dish easily done at home.

A close up look at a bowl of Halal chicken over rice.
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❤️ Why You’ll Love It

  • Widely loved and so popular Halal guys dinner at home.
  • Easy and affordable—made with delicious spice combination.
  • Make ahead dinner idea.

With a heavenly combination of crispy chicken, basmati rice, and lots of warm bold spices, this dinner is sure to please the whole family. Halal cart chicken and rice is one of those scrumptious dinners that is so good, even picky eaters will be hooked from the very first bite.

📝 Ingredients

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  • For the chicken marinade you will need: olive Oil, garlic, lemon juice, 7-spice mix, cumin, oregano, coriander, sumac, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  • Chicken thighs.
  • Basmati rice.
  • Heavy mayonnaise for the sauce, more on that below.

🥄 Instructions

Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.

A collage of four images showing how to make Halal guys chicken and rice.
  1. In a deep bowl, combine chicken thighs and marinade ingredients, mix well, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Heat a grilling pan or a large pan, add a little bit of oil and cook chicken pieces for 10 minutes or until done and browned nicely.
  3. Make the rice by melting ghee, then add cumin, turmeric, rice stir well then add water. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and cook until done.
A collage of two images showing how to assemble the dish.
  1. Assemble the bowls by scooping some rice at the bottom, top with cooked chicken, pita wedges, lettuce and tomatoes.
  2. Drizzle Halal guys white sauce on top then add some sriracha sauce over.

💡 Tips

For the white sauce, you will need a special mayonnaise that is made with egg yolks only and not whole eggs. Brands I’ve found here are blue plate, Good and gather organic mayonnaise and sir Kensington’s avocado oil mayonnaise.

  • You can use any rice you have but basmati is the original.
  • Chicken thighs are best for this recipe but you are welcome to use breasts if you prefer.
  • If you do not care about the original white sauce, I would actually prefer the garlic sauce like in this tour recipe or the quick shawarma white sauce we made sever times like in this shawarma rice recipe.

🧺 Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.

🍽️ Serve With

This dish is a complete meal by itself but if you must you can serve some tabouli, hummus, or baba ganoush to the side.

👩‍🍳 Variations

Make it your own with other chicken cuts, beef shawarma, kebab, turkey or chicken kofta or vegetarian using veggie skewers.

An overhead view of a Halal chicken and rice bowl.
  • Chicken Shawarma is one of the most popular dishes in the Middle East. Try this delicious recipe with the best shawarma marinade.
  • Get ready to enjoy this easy chicken and yellow rice recipe. It’s sure to be a hit!
  • Mansaf is an authentic Jordanian dish made from lamb meat cooked with rice and amazing garlicky sauce. It’s one of the most popular dishes in Jordan.

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Halal Chicken and rice

Delicious Halal cart style chicken and rice bowl. Tangy chicken thighs, fragrant basmati rice with halal cart white sauce copycat recipe. A restaurant quality dinner easily made at home.

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Diet: Halal

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Marinating Tome:: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 5 Servings

Calories: 624kcal

Instructions

  • In a deep bowl, combine chicken thighs and marinade ingredients, mix well, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.

Meanwhile start making the rice:

  • In a pot over medium high heat, melt ghee add turmeric and cumin. Stir for a minute or until fragrant.

  • Add rice and stir for a couple of minutes until all the rice granules are coated with the ghee mixture.

  • Add salt and pour in hot water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is done and all the water is absorbed.

To assemble:

  • Spoon rice in individual plates, top with chicken pieces, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, pita bread and drizzle white sauce and some sriracha sauce over

Notes

  • You can use any rice you have but basmati is the original.
  • Chicken thighs are best for this recipe but you are welcome to use breasts if you prefer.
  • For the white sauce, you will need a special mayonnaise that is made with egg yolks only and not whole eggs. Brands I’ve found here are blue plate, Good and gather organic mayonnaise and sir Kensington’s avocado oil mayonnaise.
  • If you do not care about the original white sauce, I would actually prefer the garlic sauce like in this tour recipe or the quick shawarma white sauce we made sever times like in this shawarma chicken rice recipe.
  • Variations:
    Make it your own with other chicken cuts, beef shawarma, kebab, turkey or chicken kofta or vegetarian using veggie skewers.
  • Please check the nutrition disclaimer policy.

Nutrition

Calories: 624kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 632mg | Potassium: 564mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3mg

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