Arabic food is famous for its tasty and unique flavors, especially when it comes to chicken dishes. These recipes have been passed down for hundreds of years and have been influenced by different places. Arabic chicken recipes use a wonderful mix of spices, herbs, and cooking methods that make the food taste amazing.
As a person who was born and lived in a Middle Eastern country for 18 years, their foods have one of the best cuisines in the world, which are rich in spices and herbs. This includes Arabian, Persian, Turkish, or Israeli cuisines, but in this post, I will be focusing more on Arabic food.
In this roundup post, I will show you the exciting world of Arabic chicken recipes where you can discover many mouthwatering dishes like grilled kebabs, hearty stews, and flavorful rice dishes. Each country in the Middle East has its own unique cooking style, and we’ll explore recipes from places like Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, and Jordan.
These recipes are made during family gatherings, Ramadan / Eid celebrations, or any special occasion like weddings or guest invitations.
What countries are example of Arabic recipes?
When we say Arabic chicken recipes, these are Arab-speaking Middle Eastern and North African countries. It doesn’t mean the entire Middle East since Israel and Iran are not an Arab countries.
Here are the list of Arab speaking countries based on these collected roundup recipes.
- Gulf Arab Countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait)
- Levantine Countries (Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon)
- Other North African Countries (Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Mauritania and Sudan)
Spices & Herbs used in Arabic chicken dishes?
Arabic chicken recipes make use of a variety of spices and herbs that contribute to their distinct and flavorful profiles. Here are some common spices and herbs used in Arabic cuisine:
- Cumin: It is one of the most popular spices used in Arabic cooking which adds a smoky & nutty flavor to chicken dishes.
- Coriander: They add a citrusy and also slightly nutty flavor to Arabic chicken dishes.
- Turmeric: This vibrant yellow spice doesn’t really have much taste but it adds color to the chicken and it has many potential health benefits.
- Paprika: They add a mild, smoky flavor and a beautiful reddish hue to chicken dishes.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon is often used in both sweet and savory dishes in Arabic cuisine. It adds a warm and slightly sweet note to chicken recipes.
- Sumac: Sumac is a tangy and lemony spice that adds a refreshing flavor to marinades and spice blends.
- Za’atar: Za’atar is a blend of dried herbs, typically including thyme, oregano, marjoram, and sumac. It adds a fragrant and tangy flavor to chicken dishes.
- Garlic: Garlic is a staple ingredient in Arabic cooking, providing a pungent and aromatic flavor to chicken recipes.
- Onion: Onions are frequently used as a base ingredient to add depth and sweetness to Arabic chicken dishes.
- Mint: Fresh or dried mint leaves are commonly used to add a cooling and refreshing element to marinades, salads, and sauces.
Frequently Asked Question
In Gulf Arab countries, they are using almost the same spices when cooking chicken and rice dishes like Kabsa, Majboos, or Mandi. That is because they all share one identical culture.
On the other hand, Levantine and North African countries have a variation of baharat spices, which is different than Arab Gulf Countries.
In my experience, none of them are spicy but you can add red chili powder if you prefer spicy dish.
Now this is important because traditionally when serving main course dishes that have chicken or chicken with rice, we serve other side dishes like Arabic salad, white rice (if no rice included), or kuboos / pita bread.
Yes of course. But, it goes well only if you do grilling, stewing, and stir-frying. The bones of the chicken is what it will add the flavor of the rice or soup.
In this post, I will be sharing some of my 16 Best Roundup Arabic Chicken Recipes that you can make for Lunch or Dinner.