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Chicken Fatteh

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  • Author: Wafa Shami
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Lunch
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Palestinian
  • Diet: Halal


Chicken Fatteh is a delicious recipe that consists of layers of bread soaked in chicken broth flavored with garlic and lemon juice, then topped off with rice, tender chicken, and sprinkled with crunchy toasted almonds and pine nuts.


  • 2 breast chicken with bones
  • 3-4 cups of tap water
  • 2 cardamom seeds
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1-2 flatbread lightly toasted and cut into small pieces
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 juice of fresh lemons
  • 1/2 sea salt
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts and/or almonds


To cook the chicken:

  1. In a medium pot, cover chicken with water until submerged about 3-4 cups tap water. Add bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and cardamom seeds.
  2. Once it starts boiling remove any extra foam on top, and let it boil on medium heat for 20-30 minutes and until the chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Let chicken cool until it's safe to touch, remove bones, and shred chicken into small pieces.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the rice separately. 

To make rice:

  1. Soak 1 cup of rice for about 10 minutes, then drain and rinse.
  2. In a saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil or butter, add rice, and ¼ teaspoon of salt, then add 1 cup of boiled water, and stir it.
  3. Cover, and reduce heat to low, let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Cut bread into bite-sized pieces and lightly toast them.
  2. Pour chicken broth, crushed garlic, lemon juice, and salt over bread.
  3. Mix everything well and layer at the bottom of a platter.
  4. Layer rice on top of the bread, then spread the shredded chicken on top of the rice.
  5. Sprinkle toasted almonds and pine nuts.


  • When boiling chicken, I like to boil it first with water only, cover the chicken with water, and once it starts boiling get rid of that water, then add fresh water, the spices, and let it cook following instructions.
  • While you can prepare all the ingredients ahead of time, it’s best to layer everything just before serving.
  • Make sure chicken broth is hot, bread needs to be soaked and not crunchy with this recipe.
  • Mix the garlic, salt, and lemon with the broth before adding them to the bread. Any extra can be used on top of the chicken for extra flavor.
  • Be generous with lemon when mixed with the soaked bread, that's where all the flavors come from.
  • Toast pine nuts under a broiler for 2-4 minutes, or in a skillet heat neutral or olive oil and sauté for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning.