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Hawaij Chicken Recipe

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This hawaij chicken recipe is truly wonderful! It’s full of flavor and so well spiced with the hawaij rub. Hawaij means “mixture” in Arabic. It’s a spice blend with primarily cumin and black pepper and often contains cardamom, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

hawaij chicken and rice in a bowl

Why You’ll Love this Chicken and Rice Recipe

This recipe is a wonderfully comforting combination of chicken, rice, and spice. It’s made with an amazing spice blend called hawaij – check out our hawaij spice blend guide. It’s a deeply rich blend of flavors that truly complement the chicken and rice.


hawaij chicken and rice with spring onions
hawaij chicken and rice in a pot

What do you need to make Hawaij Chicken?

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup hawaij spice
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup mixed brown rice

How to Make Hawaij Chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven (or other ovenproof pot) over medium-high heat.
  • Cover the chicken thighs in the hawaij spice – sprinkling it on both sides and patting it on the chicken to make sure it sticks.
  • Add the chicken thighs, skin side down and brown for 3 minutes, then flip and brown for another 3 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken breasts and set aside. 
  • Add the onions to the pot the chicken was in and sauté till they are translucent, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Then add the garlic and let sauté for 30 seconds. 
  • Deglaze the pot with a little bit of the chicken broth, scraping up any bits sticking to the bottom. Then add the rest of the broth. Turn off the stove. 
  • Add the rice and stir to combine. Then nestle the chicken in the rice. 
  • Cover the pot and put in the oven for 35 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. 
  • Remove the chicken and rice from the oven and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.   

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Yield: 4 servings

Hawaij Chicken & Rice

Hawaij Chicken & Rice

This hawaij chicken and rice recipe is truly wonderful!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup hawaij spice*
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup mixed brown rice**
  • optional - serve with a green salad and top with scallions

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven (or other ovenproof pot) over medium-high heat.
  3. Cover the chicken thighs in the hawaij spice - sprinkling it on both sides and patting it on the chicken to make sure it sticks.
  4. Add the chicken thighs, skin side down and brown for 3 minutes, then flip and brown for another 3 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken breasts and set aside. 
  6. Add the onions to the pot the chicken was in and sauté till they are translucent, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  7. Then add the garlic and let sauté for 30 seconds. 
  8. Deglaze the pot with a little bit of the chicken broth, scraping up any bits sticking to the bottom. Then add the rest of the broth. Turn off the stove. 
  9. Add the rice and stir to combine. Then nestle the chicken in the rice. 
  10. Cover the pot and put in the oven for 35 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. 
  11. Remove the chicken and rice from the oven and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. 

Notes

*Here's how to make hawaij spice. Here's where to buy hawaij.

**Here's where to buy this brown rice blend. You could also use brown rice or jasmine rice.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 508Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 221mgSodium: 1941mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 43g
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