Chicken Fatteh: A Layered Lebanese Feast


Savor the rich layers of Chicken Fatteh, a traditional Lebanese dish known for its delightful combination of textures and flavors. This culinary masterpiece layers crispy pita bread, tender chicken, creamy yogurt, and aromatic spices, topped with toasted pine nuts for a final touch of elegance. It's a feast for the senses, perfect for special occasions or as a luxurious weekend meal.

Chicken Fatteh: A Layered Lebanese Feast

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: Approximately 1.5 cups

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 420 kcal
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg
  • Sodium: 680mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 6g


  • Chicken breast, cooked and shredded: 400g (14 oz)
  • Pita bread, cut into squares: 2
  • Plain yogurt: 240ml (8 oz)
  • Tahini: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Garlic, minced: 10g (0.35 oz)
  • Lemon juice: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Ground cumin: 5g (0.2 oz)
  • Pine nuts, toasted: 30g (1 oz)
  • Olive oil: for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Fry Pita: In a pan, heat olive oil and fry the pita pieces until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
  2. Prepare Yogurt Mixture: Mix yogurt, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and cumin in a bowl.
  3. Layer the Dish: In a serving dish, layer the crispy pita, followed by the shredded chicken.
  4. Top with Yogurt: Spread the yogurt mixture over the chicken.
  5. Garnish: Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and a dash of cumin.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Crispy Pita: Ensure the pita is crispy to add texture to the dish.
  • Balanced Flavors: Adjust the garlic and lemon in the yogurt mixture to your taste.
  • Serving Immediately: Serve Chicken Fatteh immediately to maintain the crispiness of the pita.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use store-bought pita chips?

Yes, for convenience, you can use ready-made pita chips.

What can I serve with Chicken Fatteh?

Serve with a side of tabbouleh or a simple green salad.

Can I make this dish in advance?

It's best enjoyed fresh, but you can prepare the components separately and assemble before serving.

How do I store leftovers?

Store components separately in the refrigerator and assemble when ready to eat.