Halal Cart Chicken and Rice

One of the things I miss most about NYC is the halal cart chicken and rice so let’s make it at home and even better! You’ll want to smother the white sauce over everything!
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Halal Cart Chicken and Rice

One of the things I miss most about NYC is the halal cart chicken and rice so let’s make it at home and even better! You’ll want to smother the white sauce over everything!

To make this recipe, I took a look at how Halal Guys makes their secret white sauce. The ingredients on their packet indicate that it is just mayonnaise, black pepper, and some other spices. After trying this out, I felt like the sauce could be so much better. The addition of toum/garlic spread takes this sauce to the next level!

You can always tweak this dish to include gyro or steak shawarma instead of chicken!

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One of the things I miss most about NYC is the halal cart chicken and rice so let’s make it at home and even better! You’ll want to smother the white sauce over everything!

One of the things I miss most about NYC is the halal cart chicken and rice so let’s make it at home and even better! You’ll want to smother the white sauce over everything!

Ingredients

Yellow Rice
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
Chicken Shawarma
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs boneless & skinless
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons allspice
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • oil for frying chicken
White Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup toum/garlic spread
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • water to thin out 2-4 tablespoons
Toppings
  • iceberg lettuce shredded
  • tomatoes diced
  • pita bread sliced
  • sriracha or hot sauce of choice

Instructions

White Sauce
  1. Whisk together mayo, toum, sour cream, black pepper, lemon juice, sugar, and water to desired consistency until smooth. Set aside.
Chicken Shawarma
  1. To a large bowl, add the chicken thighs, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and spices. Mix to marinade evenly. For more flavor, you can score the chicken before marinading and let it sit overnight or for at least half an hour.
  2. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet or pan over high heat. Add the chicken and cook on each side until a nice brown crust develops, about 4 minutes on each side. Then turn the heat to low and cover to cook for a few minutes more until cooked in the center.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Once cooled to touch, chop into small pieces.
  4. Optional: Add the chopped chicken back to the pan and give it a quick fry for extra flavor.
Yellow Rice
  1. Wash rice for 2 minutes with warm water or until the water runs clear. Another option is to let it soak in water for 30 minutes and then drain.
  2. To a pot over medium heat, add the ghee or butter. Then, add the rice and toast it for about 3 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the chicken broth, turmeric, oregano, cumin, salt, and bay leaf. Mix together and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat to simmer, cover, and cook for about 11-12 minutes. Turn off the heat but leave covered for 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes, take off the lid, remove the bay leaf, and fluff with a fork.
Assembly
  1. In a plate, add rice, chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, and pita bread. Drizzle tons of white sauce and some hot sauce on top.
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Wow wow wow. This was absolutely delicious and it was easy to make! The chicken was beyond flavorful and the rice is now my favorite go-to rice, I was eating it by itself and couldn’t stop lol thank you Hajar!!! this will be a repeat

Made this today in a tortilla wrap instead of rice and it’s the best chicken sandwich I have ever had ???? the sauce and the chicken marinate are delicious ?

let me tell you i have tried a dozen recipes of halal cart style chicken over rice, because i miss it terribly,… and this recipe is by far the best and closest one. both me and my husband loved it. thanks for the recipe.

Hi what can i use instead of toum is garlic sauce the same ?

So good!!!! I am loving all your recipes thank you for posting!

? AMAZING! So easy and flavourful. My husband request this weekly lol. Can’t wait to try other recipes

This recipe was amazing. The chicken was unbelievable!!! I didn’t have sumac so added some lemon zest to the marinade and only used one tablespoon all spice because I ran out – still delicious. Highly recommend throwing the chicken back in the pan for another quick fry once chopped up.
May need to start making double batches of this chicken so we can keep some in the freezer!!

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This is a new family favorite. I get compliments about how good it smell every time I bring it to work for lunch. Even our picky 11 year old is into it. Thank you so much!

I saw this on TIkTok. I had to try it. You are so talented, and your videos are so fun to watch.

I made this for the first time today. The sauce is amazing, the rice, the chicken. It is truly an amazing dish.
My mom was also thoroughly impressed and we are both excited for leftovers tomorrow!

Thank you so much for sharing, I will be checking out more of your recipes! 🙂

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