Arabian Chicken Stew Recipe

Arabian Chicken Stew
The Arabian Gulf region is full of amazingly scrumptious dishes, be it dessert or savory. One of the known dishes is Arabian Chicken Stew. There are many versions of this stew depending on which Gulf country you are in.

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If you are in Kuwait or Bahrain then this stew is more likely to be on the spicy side. Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates use dry lemon in this stew.

Arabian Chicken Stew is cooked at any time but in Ramadan (Muslims around the world fast in the holy month of Ramadan.) this dish is cooked almost every day since it’s part of another dish called (Thareed) and thareed is a mixture of stew and Arabic thin crispy bread called Reqaq.

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Arabic stews, be it made with chicken, beef, fish, or vegetables does not have a thick texture mainly because in the Arab and Gulf countries the stew is served with rice.

In India, Pakistan, and European countries, the stew is thick since they have it with bread.

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Making Arabian Chicken Stew.

The recipe I’m sharing today is inspired by the Saudi and Emirati version. Please don’t let the long list scare you off, it’s just spices 🙂

Let’s get cooking!



Arabian Chicken Stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Course: Main
Servings: 5
  • 450 gm skinless chicken thighs
  • 450 gm skinless chicken legs
  • Or 900gm skinless chicken cut into eight pieces
  • 2 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 large potato diced
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 8 cups boiling water
  1. In a hot pan, add oil and onion, cook until onion turns light brown.
  2. Add the chicken and cook on medium heat until you see light brown patches on both sides of chicken.
  3. Add the potatoes and carrot and stir for three minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, stir for three minutes, then cover the pan and let it cook on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes. (Do check on it so it doesn't burn since the heat of different stoves varies and my medium heat might be high on your stove.)
  5. Add the garlic and spices and stir to combine.
  6. Add the zucchini and tomato paste and stir for two minutes.
  7. Now is the time to season with salt, then Add the boiling water and let the stew cook for 45 – 50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
  8. Add the coriander and stir for three minutes.
  9. Serve hot.

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