Chicken Rice Bowl: NYC street food style
After having a huge craving for New York City’s Halal Guys‘ rice and chicken bowl, my sweet friend invited us over for a homemade copycat version. She stumbled upon Serious Eats, where she found the recipe. I can tell you right now, it was delicious! So satisfying and I didn’t have to fly to NYC and wait 30 minutes for the original (although that doesn’t sound like a bad plan).
She started by marinating the chicken for a couple of hours in lemon juice, fresh oregano, coriander, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, then cooking it with vegetable oil in a skillet.
By that time, I got to her house and helped out a bit. We made the rice by melting butter in the pot and adding some turmeric and cumin until fragrant then mixing in the rice. We cooked it with chicken broth instead of water. And right about then, it started to smell delicious up in there.
Here’s the part that makes this dish. The white sauce. She made it beforehand by mixing together mayonnaise, greek yogurt, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, chopped parsley, salt and pepper.
On the side we had chopped up some lettuce, tomatoes, parsley, and shallots. Also had some grilled pine nuts and harissa hot sauce to dress it up a bit and of course pita bread.
We set up buffet style, with a few extra sides of course, and everyone plated their own bowls
Here’s the final product! It was so easy and did not take long at all to make. I think of it as the arab-style Chipotle. Yummy! Thanks again to my wonderful friend. It was amazing and I cannot wait to recreate it at home!
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