Chicken Fatta


Delve into the rich and layered flavors of Chicken Fatta, a traditional Egyptian dish known for its delightful combination of textures and tastes. This dish layers crispy bread, aromatic rice, tender chicken, and a tangy garlic-vinegar sauce, topped with a creamy yogurt mixture, creating a culinary masterpiece.

Chicken Fatta

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45 g
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 80 mg
  • Sodium: 700 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


  • Chicken, whole or in pieces: 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs)
  • Long grain rice: 2 cups (370 g or 13 oz)
  • Arabic flatbread or pita bread: 3-4 pieces
  • For the Garlic-Vinegar Sauce:
  • Garlic cloves, crushed: 4
  • White vinegar: 1/4 cup (60 ml or 2 oz)
  • Chicken broth: 1 cup (240 ml or 8 oz)
  • For the Yogurt Mixture:
  • Plain yogurt: 2 cups (480 ml or 16 oz)
  • Tahini: 2 tbsp (30 ml or 1 oz)
  • Lemon juice: 2 tbsp (30 ml or 1 oz)
  • Pine nuts or slivered almonds: For garnish
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Vegetable oil: For frying

Method of Preparation

  1. Cook the Chicken: Boil the chicken with salt and pepper until fully cooked. Shred or cut into pieces. Reserve the broth.
  2. Prepare the Rice: Cook the rice in chicken broth until tender.
  3. Make Garlic-Vinegar Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine garlic, vinegar, and 1 cup of chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Fry the Bread: Cut the bread into pieces and fry in oil until golden and crispy.
  5. Prepare the Yogurt Mixture: Mix yogurt, tahini, and lemon juice.
  6. Assemble the Fatta: Layer the crispy bread, rice, and chicken in a serving dish. Pour the garlic-vinegar sauce over. Top with the yogurt mixture.
  7. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with toasted pine nuts or almonds. Serve immediately.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Layering: Ensure each layer is evenly spread for balanced flavors in every bite.
  • Crispy Bread: Fry the bread just before assembling to maintain its crispiness.
  • Sauce Consistency: Adjust the garlic-vinegar sauce to your preference; it should be tangy but not overpowering.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use store-bought fried bread or croutons?

Yes, for convenience, though fresh-fried bread adds a unique flavor.

How can I make this dish healthier?

Use baked pita pieces instead of fried, and opt for low-fat yogurt.

Can I prepare Chicken Fatta in advance?

It’s best served fresh, but you can prepare the components ahead and assemble before serving.