How to make easy Rice and chicken (Kuwaiti machbos)

How to make easy Rice and chicken (Kuwaiti machbos)

Machbos is a traditional dish in Kuwait

It is considered one of the main famous dishes

It is a healthy dish because it contains carbohydrates, proteins and fiber.

Let us start with the ingredients and how to cook this delicious dish.

Cooking time 1:30 – 2 hours ( If use a pressure cooker will be 1 hour )

Most of the time the chicken has to be cooked


1 whole chicken

3 cups of long rice ( basmati )

4 spoons of oil ( use ghee for a tastier taste )

2 chopped onions

1 Minced garlic ( fresh )

1 chopped tomatoes

5 pieces of fresh cardamom (a)

2 Cinnamon sticks (b)

3 pieces of Bay paper (c)

2 pieces of cloves (d)

7 grains of black pepper not crushed (e)

1/2 tablespoon salt ( as you like ) (f)

½ tablespoon black paper powder  (g)

1 tablespoon ( each )of mixing spices ( curry, turmeric, and  ground coriander ) (h)

Pinch of saffron (i)


  1. Wash the rice until the water becomes clear, then keep it into the water for half an hour.
  2. Fry the onion with the oil for 10 min.
  3. Add the garlic, tomatoes, and all the spices ( a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h,i).
  4. Keep frying for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the whole chicken (with the frying onions and the other ingredients ) for 5 minutes.
  6. Add hot water until chicken is covered a little ( close the cover ) keep boiling until the chicken be cooked ( about 1 hour ).
  7. Remove the chicken and keep it on the side.
  8. Strain the chicken water but don’t thought the water.
  9. Add the rice with the chicken water ( let the chicken water cover the rice).
  10. Cook the rice on medium heat ( 180 c ) for half an hour.
  11. Fry the chicken and put it Over the cooked rice.

Bon appétit


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