Halal Cart Chicken & Rice

Halal Cart

Chicken & Rice

Better than on the NYC streets!

Shawarma Marinade


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp ground ginger
  • ¾ tsp dried oregano
  • ¾ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, (optional)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Allow minimum 2 hours – 3 days to marinate.
  2. Place the chicken in a large Ziplock bag or baking dish.
  3. Add the olive oil, honey , lemon juice, garlic to a bowl and combine. Coat chicken with liquids.
  4. Combine cumin, smoked paprika, cinnamon, ginger, oregano, turmeric, cayenne, kosher salt, & ground black pepper in a small bowl.
  5. Coat chicken in spices and let marinate.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 mins.
  7. Flip, continue to bake for 20 mins.

Tumeric Rice


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tspcumin powder
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice (I used long grain), soaked for 20 minutes then rinsed until water runs clear
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or 1 tsp. bouillion dissolved in 2.5 cups hot water
  • salt and pepper to taste (I didn’t add any and it was perfect!)
  • 10 olives


  1. Add the butter to a large saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add the turmeric and cumin, and stir for 1 minutes or until spices are fragrant.
  2. Add the basmati rice, and toast the rice by stirring around in the pan for 4 minutes.
  3. If using, add rice to rice cooker. Otherwise, Add the chicken stock, plus a pinch of salt and pepper to season. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. After rice cooking time, once all the water has been absorbed, remove pan from the heat and set aside for 15 minutes without disturbing. After 15 minutes, fluff gently with a fork.

White Sauce


  • ½ cup full-fat sour cream
  •  ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  •  1 tbsp white vinegar
  •  2 tsp EACH: water, lemon juice AND sugar
  •  1 tsp dried parsley
  •  ¼ tsp black pepper
  •  ¼ tsp kosher salt


  1. Combine all ingredients and stir!

Assemble with pickled veggies, fresh cucumber, spring lettuce mix and enjoy!

Resources: https://playswellwithbutter.com/hummus-bowls-recipe/

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