Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jordan - Chicken Mansaf

Mansaf is a traditional Jordanian dish usually made with lamb and jameed (dried yoghurt). This is a different version with chicken and regular yoghurt instead.


* chicken
* yoghurt
* 1 tbls of flour
* chopped almonds
* pine nuts
* salt and pepper
* parsley
* rice

Put the chicken in a pan with some salt and cover with boiling water. Cook until the chicken is done. Take out the chicken and cut into large chunks. Save half a cup of the water.

Cook the rice and drain. Place it in a dish with the chicken heaped in the middle.

Mix the flour, chicken water and yoghurt in a pan and stir until thickened slightly. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the chicken and rice.

Garnish with the almonds, pine nuts and chopped parsley.

I think this dish is presented really nicely and looks good because all the base ingredients are white. It tasted quite plain to me though and I would've enjoyed it more if it included some spices.


  1. Your dish has beautiful presentation....but if you're interested in authentic Jordanian spices...this is my husband's mothers:
    Instead of just water...add 2 cubes of Maggi chicken broth, and add the following spices: 2Tbsp 7spice (available at most Arab food stores), 1/2 Tbsp white pepper, 1/2 tsp freshly ground cardamom.
    Also you should be using "Shaneenah" instead of any kind of American yoghurt. In a pinch you can use Arabic lebna yoghurt...but it must be one of those two or jameed which is mostly used by ppl's grandmas in Jordan or Palestine.
    Regular American yoghurt will not have the kind of sour bite that should be there. It just isn't really Mansaf without it.
    And the last thing is that this dish should include a bit of freshly squeezed green lemons in the soup after its cooked.
    These changes will get you much closer to a recognizably authentic Mansaf....which is a serious subject in Jordan! :p
    Anyway its a great post! Thanks!

    1. Thanks for your comments, AJ! I'd love to try a more authentic Mansef but living in the UK I'm limited to the ingredients I can get hold of so I have to try do the best I can. I'm glad you like the presentation x


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