Lebanese Hushwee Rice with Chicken

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes

A classic Lebanese weeknight dinner recipe, hushwee rice is cooked in clarified butter and seasoned with cinnamon then topped with shredded chicken and toasted pine nuts.

hushwee rice and chicken in a bowl

My family gets together for Sunday dinner almost every week, either at my house, my sister’s house or my mom’s house. This Lebanese Hushwee Rice with Roasted Chicken is inspired by my mom who makes this Syrian comfort food dish for our family on a regular basis.

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Hushwee is a meat mixture cooked in clarified butter and scented with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice which I always have on hand thanks to my go-to All-Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend.

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To stretch the meal even further, my mom often tops it with shredded roasted chicken and/or beef. Some days it’s from a rotisserie chicken, other days it is homemade Lebanese Roasted Chicken. It really just depends on what she has on hand and how much time she has to cook.

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Plain yogurt is our go-to condiment for topping the rice – either as is or turned into Cucumber Laban with dried mint, garlic and lemon juice. Serve it with a Lebanese Green Salad and dinner is done.

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Do you have a beef version of this recipe?

Yes. This recipe is made with ground beef instead of chicken.

Lebanese Hushwee Rice with Chicken - an easy Middle Eatern dinner recipe

Lebanese Hushwee Rice with Chicken

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A classic Lebanese weeknight dinner recipe, hushwee rice is cooked in clarified butter and seasoned with cinnamon then topped with shredded chicken and toasted pine nuts.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 45 minutes
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Servings6

Ingredients
 

  • 12 ounces shredded cooked chicken breast (such as rotisserie)
  • 4 servings Lebanese Hushwee Rice
  • minced parsley (to serve)
  • Cucumber Laban and pita bread (to serve)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare Lebanese Hushwee Rice according to these instructions.
  • Top dish with shredded chicken meat (or fold it into the rice) then garnish with additional toasted pine nuts and fresh parsley. Serve with pita bread and Cucumber Laban .

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 465kcalCarbohydrates: 21.1gProtein: 38.3gFat: 23.8gSaturated Fat: 10.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 13.7gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 845mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 2g

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22 responses to “Lebanese Hushwee Rice with Chicken”

  1. Valerie Avatar
    Valerie

    What step is the cinnamon added at?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Sorry for the confusion! Here’s a link to the cinnamon part: https://thelemonbowl.com/lebanese-hushwee-ground-beef-pine-nuts/

  2. Jackie Avatar
    Jackie

    I felt adventurous and took on this recipe for something totally different (p.s. I’m Italian). I LOVED the whole process and even made my own Ghee! I’m sure it’s not perfect but it’s perfect enough to me! YUM!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh that makes me so happy! So impressed you made your own ghee!! My aunt makes her own too!!

  3. Laima Avatar
    Laima

    The best and delicious

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      one of my favorites of all time too! :)

  4. Sam Avatar
    Sam

    Hi – i am going to try this does the hushwee need to be cooked or do you add raw meat?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You’ll want to cook the hushwee first! :) https://thelemonbowl.com/lebanese-hushwee-ground-beef-pine-nuts/

  5. Whitney Avatar
    Whitney

    I think I found my new favorite blog! My family is Syrian too, and I love this rice. Can’t wait to make it!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you so much Whitney!!! Let me know if you try this!! Don’t miss my other Syrian recipes: https://thelemonbowl.com/middle-eastern/

  6. Rebecca {foodie with family} Avatar
    Rebecca {foodie with family}

    Oh mercy. This looks like the ultimate comfort food. I so love cinnamon in savoury dishes!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You would love this one my friend!!

  7. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons Avatar
    Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    This is amazing! I love the ethnic cuisine! Bring us more!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Awww thank you! More to come!

  8. jan Avatar
    jan

    I made this last night and it was delicious! I still think I might run into you in our area someday.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I’m so glad you tried it and liked it!!!!

  9. Megan @ MegUnprocessed Avatar
    Megan @ MegUnprocessed

    This sounds so flavorful!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you try it!!

  10. Amy @Belly Full Avatar
    Amy @Belly Full

    Oh, how I love a good rice dish. Sounds awesome!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You’d love it friend!

  11. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking Avatar
    Vivian | stayaliveandcooking

    I love learning about new cuisines – this sounds totally delicious! I have to admit I’m not that adventurous when it comes to cooking with spices like cinnamon, so I’d love to give this a try sometime. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you so much for reading. This is so comforting and really simple – I hope you try it!

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.