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12 Best Authentic Lebanese Chicken Recipes

Get great ideas from the Lebanese cuisine for cooking chicken including grilled, baked and roast chicken recipes.

1. Lebanese Chicken and Rice

A traditional Lebanese dish typically served for special occasions, this recipe exemplifies the importance of spices in Lebanese cuisine. The delicately spiced lamb and rice is topped with cinnamon-dusted chicken, golden almonds and pine nuts. Serve with your favourite salad.

Lebanese Chicken and Rice dish and a salad dish with a spoon

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2. Lebanese Chicken with Couscous

Orange and honey blend with cinnamon and allspice for Middle-Eastern flavored chicken.

Dish of Chicken over couscous decorated with lemon and mint

3. Jawaneh (Grilled Chicken Wings With Lemon and Garlic) - Lebanese

Delicious and easy grilled chicken wings marinated with  olive oil, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and garlic.

Grilled Lebanese chicken wings in a dish decorated with parsley

4. Lebanese Grilled Chicken

Lebanese grilled chicken is a garlicky gourmet dish that tends to be our “Sunday special” at home.  The recipe is quite easy to make and the secret is in the marinade, and is rather simple.

Lebanese Grilled Chicken With Garlic – Djej Mishwe is a traditional Lebanese cuisine dish that is delicious and rich in garlic flavor.

Grilled chicken thighs served in a dish

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5. Lebanese Chicken & Potatoes

This is a lighter version of a meal that my friend from Lebanon made when we were in college. All the flavor less all the fat. I ran this through the WW recipe builder and it is 7 points. Add green beans and you have an entire meal for 7 points.

Baked boneless skinless chicken breasts, potatoes with green beans in a dish

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6. Lebanese Chicken Wrap Sandwich

During a trip to Montreal, we had the tastiest chicken wrap sandwich at a little Lebanese food stand. I had to come up with this recipe to keep my husband from hopping in the car and driving the 4 hours back to Montreal for more.

Chicken strips, sliced tomato, onion, lettuce and tahini sauce

7. Lebanese chicken pilaf

Finish off the week with some fantastically fragrant Middle-Eastern fare. This dish surprises with zesty lemon, punchy spices and sweet currants.

Rice and chicken in a bowl topped with parsley and lemon zest

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8. Roasted Green Wheat with Chicken ( Freekeh ma’ djej) 

Before Lebanese folks were introduced to rice and adopted it wholeheartedly, roasted green wheat or freekeh was the main staple. It is basically wheat harvested while still green and smoked  in the fields. The farmers would then crack it (or keep it whole)  and store it  to eat throughout the year. It is available at middle-eastern stores under the name freekeh or frikeh, either in boxes or bags or in bulk. It is extremely nutritious. If you thought brown rice was the most nutritious, think again! Freekeh ( pronounced free-ka) has 4 times more iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, than brown rice!! When you cook it, its smoky flavor fills the kitchen and when you eat it you feel closer to the earth!

Roasted Freekeh ma’ djej and onions in a dish

9. Lebanese Lemon Chicken

Fast and flavorful Lebanese lemon chicken with shallots, fresh herbs,and a touch of turmeric--a comforting paleo dinner for fall or winter.

Cooked Lebanese Chicken, lemon and rosemary in a skillet

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10. Farrouj Meshwi - Lebanese Garlic Chicken

If you like garlic then you will probably love this chicken! This is a really simple way to cook chicken but it's really flavorsome & the chicken is moist & tender. You can use any pieces of chicken for this recipe in place of the whole chicken. In summer this is great on the BBQ. 'Farrouj' means male chicken in Arabic - they are said to be tastier than the hens but you can use any chicken with great results! Time to make doesn't include the 3 hours in the fridge.

Grilled Lebanese Garlic Chicken, garlic sauce and lemon slices in a plate

11. Lebanese Shish Tawook Chicken Kabob

Shish Tawook can be found in most Lebanese fast food restaurants. It is usually ordered as a sandwich of grilled chicken rolled in a “pita” bread with some Lebanese Garlic Sauce  and some salty pickles, fries and I’ve even had it once with lettuce/mayo. It can also be served in a plate with a side of rice and grilled veggies.  In its most basic form, Shish Tawook is just grilled chicken breast, but the secret is in the marination.

12. Fatteh / Chicken with Yoghurt and Chickpeas 

Fatta means "break into pieces" in Arabic and dish is called fatteh because the first layer of this composite dish is made of broken up pieces of toasted or fried pita bread. There are many variations of fatteh, but the broken pieces of bread and the yoghurt topping are a constant theme.

Chicken Fatteh in a serving dish Garnished with sauteed pine nuts

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