Egyptian inspired chicken

Quite honestly, the only thing Egyptian about this recipe is the cardamom. Perhaps also the chicken. They eat a lot of chicken in Egypt, many of them grown in people’s backyards or their apartments, if you live in a city.

That said, I was wandering through an old cookbook I had made that was a collection of remembered recipes from friends and family. I stumbled on this one. Actually, I stumbled on the recipe that inspired this current effort. The original is for Egyptian kebabs (much more Egyptian). Atypically, I didn’t feel like firing up the old George Forman grill. I wanted something with a little sauce.

Can I say that I forgot how delicious this recipe is? And easy? Sure, there are more ingredients than I usually use, but it’s mostly ground spices. People say that spices lose their oomph over time. I say, just add more spice if you think your spice is too old.

Egyptian inspired chicken


  • Either 3 chicken thighs OR 2 chicken breasts—deboned and skinless
  • 1 single serving size plain yoghurt (any kind—greek, hi-fat, lo-fat, soy, your choice)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard seed powder
  • 2-3 teaspoons curry powder (any kind—I used Jamaican. It was wonderful and multicultural!)
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1-2 cloves crushed garlic


  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized squares.
  2. Combine all other ingredients.
  3. Mix in chicken squares and let marinate at least 30 minutes. As always, longer is better.
  4. Saute with a little oil in frying pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes—depending on size of squares—until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve on some kinds of grain (couscous, rice, quinoa) or just plain. I served it with a simple tomato salad. So good, you’ll eat with a spoon!

Note: To make kebabs, substitute 1-2 Tablespoons of yoghurt in marinade. Thread on skewers with small tomatoes and thinly sliced onion. Broil slowly turning occasionally, about 10 minutes until done.

2 thoughts on “Egyptian inspired chicken

    1. M,

      Absolutely serve it with rice, couscous, salad. Any way you want! You are going to love this dish.

      Dr. Mo

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