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5 from 1 vote

Halal NYC Cart Chicken and Rice

You don't have to go to NYC to experience some lunch cart deliciousness. This recipe has all the smokey chicken, richness from the sauce and some heat all in one. This is a great go-to Mediterranean dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Halal Chicken and Rice, Halal NYC Cart Chicken and Rice, NYC Chicken and Rice
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 459kcal
Author: Julie of



  • 1 lb boneless skinless thighs
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • salt to taste

White Sauce

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup mayonaise
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt to taste


  • In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, and salt. Set aside.
  • Season the chicken with coriander, cumin, granulated onion, fresh minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Refrigerate chicken for a minimum of 3 hours.
  • Heat some vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then cook the chicken for about 6-7 minutes on each side or until fully cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet and any excess oil, only leaving about 1-2 tbsp of oil.
  • Cover the chicken with aluminum foil.
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, then add the rice and turmeric and stir it for about 15 seconds.
  • Add the chicken broth while deglazing the bottom of the skillet and season with salt.
  • Let the rice come to a rolling boil then reduce the heat to low and slightly cover.
  • Cook the rice for 15-20 minutes or until done.
  • Slice the chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, warm naan, white sauce, and Sriracha.



Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 543mg | Potassium: 321mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.5mg