Yesterday, my husband was craving New York’s famous Halal Guys chicken and rice. You know the distinctive foil pie pan filled with greasy rice, heavy chicken or lamb (or both!), crisp salad, warm pita, and glorious white sauce. You’ve seen the lines, you’ve experienced the regret after, but you keep going back for more.
Unfortunately for us, we live on the other coast now so I had to figure out a way to bring that taste to my kitchen, and I did that by using Serious Eats’ Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice with White Sauce recipe. And boy was this a good recipe!
I followed the Serious Eats recipe to a “t” with the rice but tweaked the chicken and sauce a little bit.
- I used 3 cups of cooked shredded chicken from my rotisserie chicken recipe. I just sautéed it in a pan with two teaspoons of olive oil, three chopped garlic cloves, one tablespoon fresh oregano, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, and salt and pepper.
- I added some dill to the sauce because we like dill in our yogurt. It was zippy, and super good.
- I also added some toasted pine nuts to the rice because I like to be fancy like that.
I served our chicken and rice with some sautéed peas, carrots, and bell pepper that was as easy as chopping up the vegetables, some garlic, heating up some oil, and seasoning with salt and pepper. Easy, colorful, and delicious.