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Chicken With Chickpeas And Rice

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  Chicken 1 Large
  Ghee/Substitute 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 12 Cup (192 tbs)
  Onions 2 Medium
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm)
  Cinnamon 1 Inch
  Salt 4 Teaspoon
  Chickpeas 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Ground meat 1 Pound
  Cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Risoni pasta/Broken up vermicelli 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Slivered almonds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)

In a large saucepan, brown the chicken in 1/4 cup of the ghee.
Add 8 cups of water, half the chopped onions, the garlic, cinnamon stick and 2 teaspoons salt.
Bring to a boil, cover and continue to cook until chicken is tender enough for the meat to fall off the bones.
While the chicken is cooking, drain the soaked chick peas and place in a large pot with 4 cups water.
Bring to a boil, cover and simmer vigorously until just tender.
Drain and set aside.
In another saucepan, lightly brown the almonds in a little ghee.
Remove and set aside.
Add 1/4 cup of the ghee to the saucepan and heat.
Fry the meat in the ghee, stirring occasionally, until brown all over.
Turn down heat to simmer and cook until nearly tender for approx 15 minutes.
Stir in the cinnamon, black pepper and the remainder of the onions and salt, and continue to cook for a further 25 minutes.
Remove from saucepan and set aside.
Place the remaining 1/2 cup of ghee in the same saucepan and saute the pasta or vermicelli until golden brown.
Add the rice and saute for a few more minutes.
Pour 5 cups of the boiling broth from the cooked chicken over the rice (make up quantity with water if necessary) .
Bring to a boil and add the cooked meat and onion mixture and the cooked chick peas.
Stir well, cover,turn down heat to simmer and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed for approx 20 minutes.
Turn off heat and allow to stand for further 10 minutes.
Serve the chick pea and rice mixture on a platter, garnished with the almonds and chicken pieces.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Side Dish
Cook Time: 
90 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1253 Calories from Fat 635

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 72 g110.5%

Saturated Fat 30.5 g152.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 281.3 mg93.8%

Sodium 1505.3 mg62.7%

Total Carbohydrates 71 g23.8%

Dietary Fiber 8.5 g34.1%

Sugars 6.3 g

Protein 79 g158.2%

Vitamin A 5.4% Vitamin C 10.8%

Calcium 12.9% Iron 28.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Chicken With Chickpeas And Rice Recipe