Egypt: Halal Guys Chicken and Rice

halal guys chicken and rice

My Version: Halal Guys Chicken and Rice

halal guys chicken and rice

The Original

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.

Egypt: Halal Guys Chicken and Rice
Cuisine: Egyptian
For the Chicken: 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 tsp. dried oregano ½ tsp. ground coriander ½ tsp. cumin 3 garlic cloves, minced ¼ C. olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (the kind in the bag work well) For the Rice: 2 Tbsp. butter ½ tsp. turmeric ¼ tsp. cumin 1½ C. Basmati or Texmati rice 2½ C. chicken broth Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper For the Sauce: 1 C. mayo 2 Tbsp. prepared horseradish ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. cracked black pepper 1 Tbsp. lemon juice ¼ C. white vinegar 1 C. Ranch dressing ⅓ C. Greek yogurt ⅓ C. sour cream 2 Tbsp. white sugar 3 tsp. dry dill weed
  • 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.

halal guys chicken and rice

Thanks to The Gothamist for the sauce recipe

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