Most of you who know me also know I have a passion for NYC. The first time I visited wasn’t until I was about 35 years old, but since then I’ve been there at least a dozen or more times. I love the energy, the culture, and especially the food. I could spend all day going from eatery to eatery stuffing my face.
The thing about New York City is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get incredible food (more on my favorite Frugal New York Eats). Food bargains are everywhere. Some of the best offerings are under $10. In fact, one of our favorites is the Halal Guys Food Cart on 53rd and 6th. Their chicken and rice plate is only around $6, and it’s worth the long wait in line. Every once in a while, I crave it and nothing Mankato comes close.
Their fare is billed as “Middle Eastern” so I tweeted them to see which nationality, specifically, to assign to their yummy food. I felt really special when they responded to my tweet. The answer? Egyptian. So with that, I cross the first African dish off my checklist.
- For the chicken, whisk together the lemon juice, oregano, coriander, cumin, garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Place inside a crock pot and pour sauce over it. Cover and cook until chicken is done (4 hours on high, 6-8 hours on low).
- For the rice, heat butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Saute the rice for a couple minutes together with the tumeric and cumin, until it begins to brown slightly. Add the chicken broth, cover and reduce heat. Cook 20-25 minutes until liquid has been absorbed.
- Serve with shredded lettuce, tomato wedges, and pita.
Notes: The Halal Guys sauce is SO yummy. It’s a great dip or salad dressing too. The above recipe makes a whole quart. Cut it in half if you don’t think you’ll be using it for anything else. Otherwise, it does keep in the refrigerator for a couple weeks.
Thanks to The Gothamist for the sauce recipe
I first posted the Halal Guys Chicken and Rice recipe on Frugalbites.com