Lebanese Chicken & Rice

Updated: May 29, 2020

I have an immense love for middle eastern food. Maybe that came from the years we spent in Dubai while I was growing up or maybe its just because it's so flavorful and delicious. Who knows? This is my favorite Lebanese dish. It gets devoured every single time that I make it. The fact that it's so easy to make makes it an added bonus. Truly a win-win situation


10 chicken drumsticks with the skin on

1/2 of a stick of butter

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

1 teaspoon lime powder

1 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

6 cloves of crushed garlic

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Salt to taste

Red pepper flakes to taste

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 onion sliced


2 cups basmati rice washed

1 cup vermicelli

2 tsp butter or olive oil

1 cup chicken stock

1.5 cups water

Salt to taste

3 potatoes cut in small pieces

Method for the chicken:

Melt butter and add all the rest of the ingredients. Mix to make a paste. Rub all over the chicken and potatoes. Cover and bake at 375 till almost done. Take off the foil for the last 15 min to brown it nicely

Method for the rice:

Heat butter or oil on sauté mode in the instant pot. Add vermicelli and sauté till toasted add rice and salt. Sauté for a couple of minutes. Now add your chicken broth and water and stir. Cancel sauté mode and close the lid and press rice. Once ready do quick release and fluff. Serve with chicken and potatoes. Take a picture and please tag me. I get so much inspiration from your remakes