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A Traditional Lebanese Chicken Fatteh…Some Secrets Are Worth Sharing

In our previous blog you’ll have read more about our delicious world famous Lebanese cuisine and its health benefits, but have you considered making it yourself?
How about one of Lebanon’s traditional dishes the Chicken Fatteh.
The term Fatteh comes from the Arabic word ‘Fatta’, meaning crumble bread. Chicken Fatteh is a dish loved all over the Arab world.

Here’s what you need for its preparation:

• 1 large loaf pita bread
• 1 kg whole chicken
• 6 cups water
• 1 small onion or cut into cubes
• 4 cubes Chicken Bouillon Cube
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 2 tablespoons pine seeds, toasted
• 2 tablespoons pistachio nuts, toasted
• 2 tablespoons almonds, toasted
• 1 tablespoon fresh parsley

For the rice:

• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 250 g minced beef
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
• ½ teaspoon sweet pepper
• ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
• 1½ cups basmati rice or 300 g

For the yoghurt sauce:

• 2 cups yoghurt or 500 g
• 4 cloves garlic, crushed
• 2 tablespoons tahini paste

How to prepare it?

Begin by toasting the bread then, cut it into small pieces and place in a large serving dish.
Place chicken and water in a large pot, bring to boil and skim froth as it appears, add the onion, chicken stock cubes and cinnamon stick. Cook for 50 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
Remove chicken from stock, then remove meat pieces from bones and set aside. Reserve the chicken stock.
Heat oil in a large saucepan, add minced meat and spices and cook until meat becomes golden in colour. Stir in the rice, and then add 2¼ cups or 560ml from the chicken stock, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until rice is cooked.
Pour some of the chicken stock over the toasted bread in the serving dish. Spoon the rice over the bread, pour the yoghurt sauce over the rice, then place the chicken meat pieces over the yoghurt.
Garnish with toasted nuts and sprinkle parsley over.

We hope you have an opportunity to make and enjoy this delicious dish of Chicken Fatteh and just in-case you’re a little too busy, you are always welcome to come and try ours. Book your table at Abd El Wahab and experience the original tastes of Lebanon.