Halal Cart Chicken Over Rice Recipe (Tastes Just Like The Halal Guys)

Halal chicken over rice in a white bowl on a wood plate. There is a wedge of pita bread in the bowl and an assortment of ingredients surrounding the bowl of chicken and rice.

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This Halal Cart chicken over rice recipe is anything but your average chicken and rice dish. It combines juicy marinated chicken with yellow basmati rice, Halal white sauce, toasted pita bread, and fresh veggies, making for a beautifully spiced and flavorful dish. Plus, in addition to tasting incredible, it's super easy to make!



Halal Cart chicken:

6 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried basil

1 garlic clove, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

salt and pepper

Fluffy yellow rice:

2 tbsp. butter

1/2 tsp. turmeric

1/2 tsp. cumin

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup long grain Basmati rice


For Serving:

Halal white sauce

Pita bread, toasted with butter in the oven

2 tomatoes, cut in wedges

1 1/2 cup shredded lettuce

Fresh parsley



  1. Place the chicken in a bowl with the lemon juice, dried oregano, dried basil, garlic, salt and pepper, and half of the olive oil. Mix to combine. Marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  2. Heat a heavy skillet or cast iron to high. Once it's really hot, add the rest of the olive oil.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and cook it until browned on both sides (around 6 minutes per side). Reduce the heat to medium and cook the chicken thighs until fully cooked (about 15 more minutes).
  4. Transfer the chicken to a board and cut it into thin strips. Season with more dried herbs and lemon juice as needed.
  5. For the rice, melt the butter with the turmeric and cumin in a pot. Add the rice and mix until it's well combined and until it toasts a bit (the edges of the rice will begin to look a bit transparent).
  6. Add the chicken broth and salt, bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer - cover with the lid and let it simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until it dries out.
  7. Serve in bowls with rice, chicken, halal sauce, toasted pita bread, tomatoes, fresh parsley, lemon, and lettuce.


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