Persian-Style Chicken & Crispy Rice with Zucchini, Currants & Lemon Labneh

Persian-Style Chicken & Crispy Rice

with Zucchini, Currants & Lemon Labneh

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For authentic Persian flavor, we’re coating bites of chicken with warming spices like cumin and turmeric, then cooking it alongside tender zucchini, onion, and crunchy almonds.

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Persian-Style Chicken & Crispy Rice with Zucchini, Currants & Lemon Labneh
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  • 10 oz Chopped Chicken Breast
  • ½ cup Jasmine Rice
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Yellow Or Sweet Onion
  • 2 Tbsps Dried Currants
  • ¼ cup Labneh Cheese
  • 2 Tbsps Sliced Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Tbsp Shawarma Spice Blend (Ground Coriander, Cumin Seeds, Garlic Powder, Smoked Sweet Paprika & Ground Turmeric)
Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. In a medium pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to  14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Transfer half the cooked rice to a sheet pan; spread into an even layer. Set the remaining cooked rice aside and cover to keep warm.

Prepare the ingredients:
2 Prepare the ingredients:

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise; cut crosswise into ¼-inch pieces. Roughly chop the almonds. Zest the lemon to get 1 teaspoon (if you don’t have a zester, use a peeler to remove the yellow rind of the lemon, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind). Quarter and deseed the lemon. Combine the currants and the juice of 2 lemon wedges in a bowl.

Cook the chicken:
3 Cook the chicken:

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a large bowl.

Cook the vegetables & finish the chicken:
4 Cook the vegetables & finish the chicken:

In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to  6 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add the zucchini pieces; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally,  3 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Reserving the bowl, add the cooked chicken and chopped almonds; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Transfer to the reserved bowl. Wipe out the pan.

Crisp & finish the rice:
5 Crisp & finish the rice:

Meanwhile, drizzle the sheet pan of cooked rice with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Crisp in the oven, stirring halfway through, 7 to 9 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy. Remove from the oven and let stand for at least 2 minutes. Carefully transfer back to the pot of remaining cooked rice. Stir in the dressed currants (including any liquid). Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Make the lemon labneh & serve your dish:
6 Make the lemon labneh & serve your dish:

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, labneh, the juice of the remaining lemon wedges, and 1 teaspoon of water. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished rice topped with the finished chicken and vegetables and lemon labneh. Enjoy!

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Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. In a medium pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to  14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Transfer half the cooked rice to a sheet pan; spread into an even layer. Set the remaining cooked rice aside and cover to keep warm.

2 Prepare the ingredients:

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise; cut crosswise into ¼-inch pieces. Roughly chop the almonds. Zest the lemon to get 1 teaspoon (if you don’t have a zester, use a peeler to remove the yellow rind of the lemon, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind). Quarter and deseed the lemon. Combine the currants and the juice of 2 lemon wedges in a bowl.

Prepare the ingredients:
Cook the chicken:
3 Cook the chicken:

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a large bowl.

4 Cook the vegetables & finish the chicken:

In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to  6 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add the zucchini pieces; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally,  3 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Reserving the bowl, add the cooked chicken and chopped almonds; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Transfer to the reserved bowl. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the vegetables & finish the chicken:
Crisp & finish the rice:
5 Crisp & finish the rice:

Meanwhile, drizzle the sheet pan of cooked rice with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Crisp in the oven, stirring halfway through, 7 to 9 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy. Remove from the oven and let stand for at least 2 minutes. Carefully transfer back to the pot of remaining cooked rice. Stir in the dressed currants (including any liquid). Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

6 Make the lemon labneh & serve your dish:

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, labneh, the juice of the remaining lemon wedges, and 1 teaspoon of water. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished rice topped with the finished chicken and vegetables and lemon labneh. Enjoy!

Make the lemon labneh & serve your dish: