How to Cook Yoghurt Chicken for 8 for Under $16

by Michel Daher


  • 1 Kilogram Chicken thigh or legs
  • 1 Teaspoon Cloves
  • 5 Cinnamon sticks
  • 50 Grams Leek stalk
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground white pepper
  • 3 Cups Soaked White rice
  • 1 Kilogram Natural yoghurt
  • 1 Liter Water
  • ½ Cups Shredded almonds
  • 1 Packet Lebanese Bread or Pita
  • 12 Garlic pieces
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Before you start, boil some hot water and soak your rice. You can do this during the time you prepare the rest of the dish.

    Step 2

    For your chicken. 1 teaspoon of white pepper, 1 teaspoon of cloves, 2 pieces of leek stalk, 4-6 pieces of cinnamon sticks. For those balls if someone knows the name, please comment on the next step.

    Step 3

    I'm an amateur chef with no culinary education, just passion for food. Sorry, I dont know what these are in English. So snapguiders, please help me with the name of these fragrant balls?

    Step 4

    So add your 5 spices into the chicken with 1 liter of water and boil. Boil for about half an hour. Do not throw out the water.

    Step 5

    While the chicken is boiling away, prepare 10 pieces or so of garlic and chip into small pieces.

    Step 6

    A bag of lebanese bread comes with 7 pieces (14 when you separate) and is around $2.30 from the bakery. We need to cut square chunks.

    Step 7

    Chop 6 pieces of Lebanese bread (it will be 12 if you've split the bread open) It's the same thing.

    Step 8

    Does your bread look something like this? Excellent! Let's keep going.. This dish is simple and so flexible, you can adapt to your taste as you like.

    Step 9

    Grind the garlic into a fine paste. If you don't have a crusher just chop finely.

    Step 10

    With the garlic you just pulverized, add about 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and stir.

    Step 11

    You can try this with olive oil but the kitchen goddess refuses to allow it. For crispy bread we must use vegetable oil. Don't mess with a 70 year old woman holding a wooden spoon!

    Step 12

    Place your oil and garlic mix into the bread and get an even distribution of garlic and oil through the bread.

    Step 13

    Have you washed your hands? Put that spoon down and get your hands into that bread and garlic mix.

    Step 14

    In a non stick deep pan, place the garlic soaked bread in it and bake for 15 minutes total on 200 deg C. Check on the bread half way through until its a crispy, golden colour.

    Step 15

    Please don't burn yourself. Take out the bread and stir the bread so the crispy goodness is on all sides.

    Step 16

    Don't be shy. Try some!! Believe me, the bread is so irresistible, you can't help but peck at it.

    Step 17

    Your chicken should be boiled by now. Give your chicken a stir check that everything is cooked. It's better if the chicken has fallen apart.

    Step 18

    Place some oil into your saucepan and fry some garlic and the shredded almonds together until they turn this crispy golden colour.

    Step 19

    Get your rice, throw out the starchy water and add the rice to the garlic and almond you're frying. Keep stirring. By frying the rice for a few seconds seals the rice's flavour.

    Step 20

    We want a soft and fluffy rice. So since we've already soaked the rice, grab the liquid from the chicken and cover the rice exactly double. You shouldn't be able to see the rice.

    Step 21

    Give it a little stir and let it boil until the water has gone and the rice is cooked. 12-15 minutes should do it.

    Step 22

    Go on!! Take one more piece before it gets buried with rice and chicken. Lol.

    Step 23

    Pour all the rice into the pan on top of your crunchy bread.

    Step 24

    Please do not stir the rice into the bread. You're simply just putting a layer on top.

    Step 25

    Smooth it out. Say goodbye to the crunchy, delicious, mouth watering, tantalizing crispy Lebanese bread underneath.

    Step 26

    Tear up the chicken into thick shreds.

    Step 27

    So now you have something that looks a little like this.

    Step 28

    Now the same with the yoghurt. Layer it over the top of the chicken. Did you notice, we love layers?

    Step 29

    Spread it around. Optional: Put it in the oven for just a few minutes to heat up the yoghurt. It's such a hearty family meal. So much flavour and the aroma of the spices is just magic.

    Step 30

    There you have it. Hint: If you have some chicken broth left don't throw it away. It makes a killer mashed potatoes for the next day!! Boil potatoes add cream, butter and the broth ;) Incredilicious!!

    Step 31

    It's a family dish that everyone can enjoy. Thanks again for viewing our guides and look forward to hearing your feedback. Follow for more recipes and surprises :) With Love, Micho!

    Step 32

    Do you dare? Add a teaspoon of chilli flakes on top and feel the sparks fusion in your mouth. Don't worry! The yoghurt will soothe the burning sensations from the chilli. ;)