Machboos or Fooga (Traditional United Arab Emirates Dish) Recipe

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  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Bring water to boiling and add chicken bouillon cubes, lower heat and add dried limes and saffron and let simmer till bouillon is dissolved -keep it hot.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with half the spices (except the garlic).
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on med-high to high heat and fry the chicken till both sides are brown, lower heat to medium and remove the chicken to a plate.
  5. In that same skillet sauté the onions for 2 minutes, add tomatoes, garlic and remaining spices and sauté another 2 minutes, then turn off the burner.
  6. Add the rice and stir for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, till well coated.
  7. Spread rice in the baking dish and place the chicken pieces over the rice.
  8. Gently press the dried limes on the sides of the pot to distribute flavor in the broth and then poor on the rice and chicken (the whole thing including the dried limes) and cover tightly with foil.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes-do not open the foil cover at all until the time is up.
  10. If you want to eat this the authentic way, you can lay newspaper on the floor (for easy cleanup of spills), put all of this on a very large platter or on a couple large sheets of aluminum foil laid on the newspaper and everyone sits around and eats with their right hand!
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 320.05 Kcal (1340 kJ)
Calories from fat 80.5 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.94g 14%
Cholesterol 0.33mg 0%
Sodium 1119.96mg 47%
Potassium 302.17mg 6%
Total Carbs 58.69g 20%
Sugars 4.06g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4.19g 17%
Protein 5.54g 11%
Vitamin C 19.5mg 33%
Iron 48.8mg 271%
Calcium 71.2mg 7%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 65.8 Kcal (275 kJ)
Calories from fat 16.55 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.84g 14%
Cholesterol 0.07mg 0%
Sodium 230.26mg 47%
Potassium 62.13mg 6%
Total Carbs 12.07g 20%
Sugars 0.83g 16%
Dietary Fiber 0.86g 17%
Protein 1.14g 11%
Vitamin C 4mg 33%
Iron 10mg 271%
Calcium 14.6mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 6.3
  • 9

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • cholesterol free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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