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Chicken Machboos

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

1 Hour


8 Servings



About the Recipe

The rich and flavoursome rice dish, Machboos, is the national dish of Qatar. Its depth of flavour comes from a combination of aromatic spices that produce a smoky taste. Served with a variety of meats, the dish is a favourite across the Arabian Sea.


  • 4 Chicken Legs skin on, bone in (or Thighs - add 1 to 2 pieces per person) 

  • 680g Basmati Rice (3.5 US cups)

  • 950ml Water (4 US cups)

  • 100ml Vegetable Oil (½ US cup)

  • 3 medium Onions, diced

  • 4 cloves Garlic, crushed

  • 1  knob Ginger, finely chopped

  • 4 Green Chillis, whole

  • 1 tin chopped Tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Puree

  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

  • ½ cup Parsley, chopped


  1. Wash and rinse the rice several times until the water runs clear. Pre heat oven to 200°C.

  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium/high flame for a couple minutes. Then add the onions and cook for 5 minutes until slightly softened.

  3. Add TENACIOUS Taste’s Qatari Bazaar seasoning along with the garlic, ginger & chillies. Cook for 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree & 120ml of water, simmer for 3 minutes.

  5. Add the washed chicken legs and cover them in the sauce mixture. Cover the pot and allow to cook for 20 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through.

  6. Remove the chicken, season with salt & pepper (to taste) and place on a baking tray lined with foil. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until juices run clear. Broil for 2 min to crisp the skin.

  7. Add the rice & remaining water to the pot. Mix well but gently. Cover and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Do not uncover the rice.

  8. Open the pot and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve in a large dish, with the chicken legs on top and garnish with parsley.

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