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Iraqi Yellow Spice-Rubbed Chicken Recipe

Enjoy this delicious recipe with your loved ones!

Djaj Bil-Bahar-Il-Asfar (Iraqi yellow spice-rubbed chicken) is an Iraqi dish. This wonderful recipe was produced by Saveur Magazine. Iraqi yellow spice-rubbed chicken is the best recipe to serve on special occasions such as Eid Ul Adha (Festival of sacrifice) a Muslim holiday celebrated worldwide each year. Muslims make delicious recipes for their families and friends.

So, the chicken has many health benefits and risks. Make sure you do not consume it on a regular basis. Also, make sure to read the advantages and disadvantages of eating chicken.

Health benefits of chicken

  • Chicken is a great source of lean, low protein. It helps in muscle growth and development.
  • Chicken is good for the heart, eating chicken breasts suppresses and controls a body’s homocysteine amino acid levels which, if too high, can lead to cardiovascular disease.
  • Chicken is also rich in phosphorus, a mineral that supports your bones and teeth, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system function.
  • It is also rich in vitamin B6 which help to keep blood vessels healthy, energy levels high, and metabolism burning away calories so you can manage a healthy weight.
  • Chicken is also rich in vitamin B which helps guard against cancer and other forms of genetic (DNA) damage.
  • The serotonin amino acid in chicken levels in your brain improves your mood, blasting stress, and calm you to sleep.
  • It also promotes eye health and prevents bone loss.
  • Riboflavin found in chicken livers will help to reduce your skin problems and repair dry or damaged skin.


Iraqi yellow spice rubbed chicken can be served with flatbread or naan, you can even serve it with salad or rice. For some sour flavor, squeeze a lemon or pour a half tbsp vinegar before serving.

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Iraqi Yellow Spice Rubbed Chicken Recipe

Iraqi Yellow Spice Rubbed Chicken Recipe
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Category: Iraqi Food
Cuisine: Iraq

Iraqi yellow spice rubbed chicken is a must try dinner recipe. Make sure you have all the ingredients. If you like this recipe let us know via comments.

Iraqi Yellow Spice Rubbed Chicken Recipe

  • 2 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 4 dried chiles de árbol, stemmed
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 dried rose hips
  • 1 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. ground sumac
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground fenugreek
  • 8 cloves garlic, mashed into a paste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 chicken halves (about 3 lb.)
  • Flatbread, such as naan, for serving
  1. Heat coriander, cumin, peppercorns, cardamom, chiles, allspice, and cloves in a 10″ skillet over medium heat until seeds pop, 1-2 minutes; let cool. Transfer to a spice grinder with rose hips; grind and transfer to a bowl. Stir in curry, cinnamon, sumac, ginger, nutmeg, fenugreek, garlic, salt, and pepper; add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Heat a charcoal grill or set a gas grill to high; bank coals or turn burner off on one side. Grill chicken on hottest part of grill, flipping once, until slightly charred and cooked through, about 45 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh reads 165°. If outside starts to burn before chicken is cooked, move to cooler side of grill until done. Rest chicken 10 minutes; serve with flatbread.

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