Authentic Afghan Chicken Rice Recipe

Chicken rice

Authentic Afghan Chicken Rice Recipe
Region / culture: Afghanistan | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour | Servings: 4


Chicken rice
Chicken rice

Chicken rice is a delicious and comforting dish that is popular in many cultures around the world. This recipe combines tender chicken pieces with flavorful vegetables and fragrant rice to create a satisfying meal that is perfect for any occasion.


Chicken rice has a long history and is believed to have originated in China. It has since spread to many other countries, each putting their own unique twist on the dish. In Singapore, for example, chicken rice is a national dish and is often served at hawker centers and restaurants.


How to prepare

  1. To prepare stew: Bring water to a boil, add chicken pieces, and remove foam as it cooks. Add chickpeas, onions, celery, carrots, zucchini, salt, pepper, and cumin seeds. Cover the pan and cook over moderate heat for 45 minutes. Add coriander, dill, and lemon juice, and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes more. This is sufficient to tenderize the chicken and incorporate all seasonings.
  2. To prepare rice: Bring 4 cups of water and salt to a boil in a pan. Add rice and cook over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Drain the rice in a colander and rinse with cold water. Return the rice to the pan and pour oil over it. Cover the pan and cook over low heat for 30 minutes. No other water is added, and the rice cooks only with the moisture that clings to it after rinsing. The rice will develop a crisp bottom layer.
  3. Serve rice and stew separately. Each diner takes their own portion of rice and covers it with as much stew as they wish. Serve warm.


  • You can customize this recipe by adding different vegetables, such as bell peppers or peas, or by using different herbs and spices to season the stew.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

To add extra flavor to the stew, you can brown the chicken pieces before adding them to the pot.

- Make sure to skim off any foam that rises to the surface of the stew while it is cooking to ensure a clear broth.

- For extra tender rice, soak the rice in water for at least 30 minutes before cooking.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken rice is delicious on its own, but you can also serve it with a side of pickled vegetables or a spicy chili sauce for extra flavor.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making a flavorful chicken rice dish is to cook the stew slowly over low heat to allow the flavors to develop.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have chicken legs and thighs, you can use chicken breast instead. You can also use different types of rice, such as jasmine or basmati, for a different flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the stew and rice ahead of time and store them separately in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, simply reheat the stew and rice and assemble the dish.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the chicken rice in individual bowls garnished with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Chicken rice pairs well with a crisp white wine or a cold beer.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of chicken rice contains approximately 350 calories.


Each serving of chicken rice contains approximately 45 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of chicken rice contains approximately 12 grams of fat.


Each serving of chicken rice contains approximately 25 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken rice is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium.


This recipe contains gluten from the rice and may contain allergens from the chicken.


Chicken rice is a balanced meal that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, as well as essential vitamins and minerals.


Chicken rice is a comforting and flavorful dish that is perfect for any occasion. With tender chicken pieces, fragrant rice, and flavorful vegetables, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the excitement that washed over me when I first saw this recipe for Chicken Rice. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Margaret in her cozy little kitchen. As we chatted over a cup of tea, she suddenly pulled out a tattered old recipe book from her cupboard.

"Have you ever tried Chicken Rice before?" she asked, her eyes twinkling with excitement.

I shook my head, curious to know more about this mysterious dish. Margaret flipped through the pages of the recipe book, pointing out the ingredients and steps needed to make the perfect Chicken Rice. As she explained each step in detail, I could feel my mouth watering in anticipation.

I couldn't wait to try it out for myself. Margaret graciously agreed to teach me how to make Chicken Rice that day. We spent the afternoon in her kitchen, chopping vegetables, marinating the chicken, and cooking the rice to perfection. The aromas that wafted through the kitchen were enough to make my stomach growl in anticipation.

As we sat down to enjoy our meal, I took my first bite of the Chicken Rice. It was a symphony of flavors - the tender chicken, the fragrant rice, the subtle blend of spices. I knew then and there that I had stumbled upon a recipe that would become a staple in my own kitchen.

Over the years, I have made Chicken Rice countless times, each time adding my own twist to the recipe. I have shared it with friends and family, who have all marveled at the deliciousness of this simple yet flavorful dish. But the original recipe, the one I learned from Margaret, will always hold a special place in my heart.

As I reminisce about that day in Margaret's kitchen, I can't help but feel grateful for the knowledge and skills she passed down to me. Cooking has always been a passion of mine, and learning new recipes is like discovering a hidden treasure. Each recipe tells a story, a tale of tradition and culture, of love and memories.

And so, whenever I make Chicken Rice, I am transported back to that summer day in Margaret's kitchen, surrounded by warmth and laughter. The simple act of cooking connects me to the past, to the people who have shaped my culinary journey.

So here's to Chicken Rice, a recipe that has brought me joy and comfort, a recipe that has become a part of my story. And to Margaret, my dear friend and culinary mentor, thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with me. I will always cherish the memories we made in your kitchen, and the bond we forged over a shared love of good food.


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