Chicken and Saffron (Yellow) Rice


Ingredients For Chicken:

  • Whole Chicken
  • Olive Oil (2 Tablespoons)
  • Salt and Black Pepper (1 Teaspoon Each)
  • Coriander (1 1/2 Teaspoons)
  • Cumin (1 1/2 Teaspoons)
  • Paprika  (1 1/2 Teaspoons)
  • Ground Cinnamon (1/4 Teaspoon)
  • Cardamon (1/4 Teaspoon)
  • Ground Nutmeg (1/8 Teaspoon)
  • Garlic (1 Clove)
  • Water (1/4 Cup)
  • Golden Raisons and Pine nuts for Garnish

Ingredients For Rice:

  • Rice (2 Cups)
  • Water (2 Cups)
  • Salt (1 Teaspoon)
  • Saffron (1/4 Teaspoon)
  • Vegetable Oil (2 Tablespoon)


  1. Wash a whole chicken with cold water and damp dry with a paper towel.
  2. Season the chicken generously with all of its ingredients and rub the whole thing to make sure the marinade is well combined.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of water for juiciness into the roasting dish.
  4. Cover the chicken and set it in the oven at 350º F for 1 hour. Internal temperature should be 180º F.
  5. As the chicken is cooking you can make the rice.
  6. In a medium (8 quart) pot, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and set heat on high.
  7. Add two cups of water to the oil, then add saffron and salt.
  8. When the water comes to a boil, set the heat on medium and add the rice.
  9. Set the heat on medium/low for 12 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  10. Turn the rice off when it is cooked.
  11. With a small non stick pan. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and add the golden raisins and pine nuts. Cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes. Turn it off and set aside.
  12. When the chicken is cooked, cut a piece of it and set it on a plate. Add some rice and garnish with golden raisins and pine nuts.

Enjoy 🙂