Machboos or Fooga (Traditional United Arab Emirates Dish)

“This dish is very similar to the "chicken, rice, and spices" recipe I have on recipezaar but the changes made/added to it make it an authentic dish that is served in the United Arab Emirates. My husband who is from there and also many other locals from there eat this with ketchup. I thought that seemed weird at first but but then again I love the Japanese fried rice with ketchup and egg called omu-rice that is comfort food for Japanese children so I tried it and it is really good!! the dried limes called "loomi" in this recipe can be found at most middle eastern stores. It is important in this recipe. This is usually cooked all in a large pot on a stovetop but basmati rice is not easy to cook just perfect like that. In the oven it is almost impossible to fail at this recipe :D --if you want to increase/decrease this dish the broth is always double the amount of rice you use. If increasing, let it bake in the oven just a tad bit longer.”
READY IN:
1hr
SERVES:
3-4
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Bring water to boiling and add chicken bouillon cubes, lower heat and add dried limes and saffron and let simmer till bouillon is dissolved --keep it hot.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with half the spices (except the garlic).
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on med-high to high heat and fry the chicken till both sides are brown, lower heat to medium and remove the chicken to a plate.
  5. In that same skillet sauté the onions for 2 minutes, add tomatoes, garlic and remaining spices and sauté another 2 minutes, then turn off the burner.
  6. Add the rice and stir for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, till well coated.
  7. Spread rice in the baking dish and place the chicken pieces over the rice.
  8. Gently press the dried limes on the sides of the pot to distribute flavor in the broth and then poor on the rice and chicken (the whole thing including the dried limes) and cover tightly with foil.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes--do not open the foil cover at all until the time is up.
  10. If you want to eat this the authentic way, you can lay newspaper on the floor (for easy cleanup of spills), put all of this on a very large platter or on a couple large sheets of aluminum foil laid on the newspaper and everyone sits around and eats with their right hand!

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