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Chicken and white sauce on rice with a bowl of parsley and tomatoes on the side

Halal Guys chicken and rice is the perfect combination of delicious marinated chicken, buttery turmeric and cumin spiced rice, and an addictive white sauce that brings the whole thing together. Amazing!

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What is halal guys chicken and rice?

It’s a famous dish that originated from a street cart in NYC. My husband and I actively sought out the food cart on our honeymoon! The chicken used in the NYC cart is halal (can be consumed by Muslims) so it became a flocking point to Muslim locals, tourists, then basically anyone wanting great street food. The definition of a great street food meal, every component of this dish works together so well. It’s comprised of:

Marinated chicken

The signature yellow rice

Their famous white sauce

and additional toppings like shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and wedges of pita or gyro bread.

Why you should try this recipe:

Chicken and white sauce on rice on a yellow plate

The different parts come together SO well. The rice is buttery and full of flavor- I think it’s the best rice I’ve cooked at home. I got the rice part of this recipe from Serious Eats.

The chicken is tender and juicy and full of flavor from the marination, I loosely based this off the chicken in my very popular oven chicken shawarma recipe, and the white sauce is a creamy and just a little sweet.

I couldn’t stop eating this! I think it’s among the best chicken recipes I’ve ever made at home and my husband agreed.

What ingredients you need to make this dish:

ingredients needed to make halal guys chicken and rice

For the chicken:

Chicken breasts- most recipes use chicken thighs, but we highly prefer chicken breasts in our household. The way these are marinated and cooked means they’ll be juicy and moist even though chicken breasts have a bad rep for being toughter.

The chicken marinade: We use olive oil, lemon juice, white vinegar, garlic, salt, black pepper, oregano powder, seven spices or all spice, ginger powder, paprika, and cumin powder. These all work together so well to guarantee that punch of flavor with every bite of chicken.

chicken marinade ingredients in bowls

For the white sauce:

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Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, water, salt and pepper and sugar for a creamy tangy white dressing with a hint of sweetness. Add 1 tsp of sugar, taste, and if you feel you want this a little sweeter, add the second teaspoon.

For the rice:

Butter, turmeric and cumin:

The turmeric and cumin give the rice a beautiful color and yellow flavor, and the butter gives it this nice richness.

Basmati rice: The long grain basmati rice should be soaked about 20 minutes prior to using, then drained and rinsed until the water runs clear. This will make sure each grain of rice is fluffy and doesn’t become mushy because there’s too much starch in it.

How do you make this chicken and rice dish?

For the chicken:

chicken being marinated in a bowl

The first thing you should do is marinate the chicken, because you’ll preferably keep it in the fridge for an hour or two (up to four) if you have the time.

Mix together all the ingredients for the marination in a large bowl, then add the chicken breasts and toss to evenly coat. I like to use gloved hands so I can really work the marinade into the chicken.

chicken breasts being cooked in a hot pan

Once the chicken is ready to cook, heat the oil in a skillet over medium high heat, then add the chicken breasts and cook for 5-6 minute a side until golden brown and cooked through. Remove to a chopping board, and rest for 5 minutes, then roughly chop.

For the white sauce:

white sauce ingredients in small bowls

Mix together all the sauce ingredients, and store in the fridge until ready to serve. Nothing like chicken and rice with this white sauce on top!

For the rice:

Melt the butter into a medium large saucepan over medium heat, then add the spices and toast until fragrant. Add the drained rice and toast for about 4 minutes, stirring pretty constantly.

Add the chicken broth and salt and pepper to season, then bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, then take off the heat and leave with the lid on for another 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and the rice is ready!

What to garnish with:

Chicken and white sauce on rice with a bowl of parsley and tomatoes on the side and white sauce in bowl

A big handful of chopped parsley really makes this dish, as well as juicy chopped tomatoes.

Of course, drizzle with lots of the white sauce. I also really recommend sriracha sauce. The heat it gives is delicious.

You can serve this with some pita bread for scooping.

What can I serve this with?

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Eggplant Pomegranate Salad

Cucumber Avocado Salad

Homemade Naan Bread

Easy Overnight Dill Pickles

and if you want to try out some different sauces:

Shawarma Sauce

Storing leftover chicken and rice:

chopped chicken on a wooden cutting board

If you think you’ll have leftovers, it’s probably best not to add the sauce directly on top of all the rice and chicken. Serve individual plates and garnish each plate, and store leftover chicken, rice and sauce separately in the fridge. Leftovers will last 3-4 days tightly coverd in the fridge.

If you liked this recipe, you might like:

Easy Oven Chicken Shawarma

Oven Baked Chicken Breasts for Two

Chicken Fatteh

and some Middle Eastern favorites:

Chicken Madhbi

Chicken Kabsa

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Chicken and white sauce on rice with a bowl of parsley and tomatoes on the side

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