This Chicken Fatteh recipe is a popular Arabic dish that comes from the Arabic word "crumbs" because of the tared up leftover stale bread that is typically used in it. You're going to love it because it's truly a celebration of textures. You get crunchy, spicy, garlic-y, and lemony all in one bite.
Fatteh originates from the levant and can usually be made with chicken, beef, eggplant, just chickpeas, with or without rice.... there are so many variations. This chicken fatteh recipe is one of my favourites! I also have an Eggplant Fatteh recipe if you were looking for a vegetarian version.
How to make this Fatteh recipe efficiently
- This recipe starts with firstly getting the chicken boiling with whole spices until cooked (see below for other ways you can cook chicken)
- Then preheat your oven, cut up your pita and get that into the oven with the olive oil and sumac until its nice and golden
- Dice the onion and cook it until soft with the crushed garlic. When the chicken is cooked, it's shredded and added to the onions, along with a can of drained chickpeas and the spices
- The mixture cooks for a few minutes until everything is cooked through
- The sauce comes together in 5 minutes when you're done cooking the chicken and chickpeas - just add all the ingredients and mix!
- Layer starting with the pita, chicken mixture, yogurt, then the garnish. All done!
Easy replacements for Chicken Fatteh
- The way I usually cook the chicken is to boil it with whole cardamom, cinnamon sticks and bay leaves so the flavours infuse. I would then save the broth for a different use and shred the chicken for the fatteh
- You can skip this step if you're short on time and pan fry the chicken, remove it, then start cooking the onion and garlic and add it back in per the recipe.
- This recipe is also a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken - feel free to use whatever you have on hand!
- For the garnish, you can use almonds or pine nuts for the crunch. Pomegranate seeds are amazing but they are optional
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Arabic Chicken Fatteh with Chickpeas
For the Chicken & Chickpeas:
- 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs or legs bone-in chicken works too, or pre-cooked leftover rotisserie chicken
- Whole spices: 3 cardamom cloves 1 cinnamon stick, 2 bay leaves
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2.5 teaspoon Arabic seven spice replace with allspice if unavailable
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
For the Pita:
- 4 round pitas 8" in size
- ½ cup olive oil or vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons sumac
For the Yogurt Sauce:
- 2 cups plain yogurt 3% fat preferred
- ½ cup tahini paste
- 1 garlic clove
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1-2 tablespoons water
For the Garnish:
- ¼ cup slivered almonds or pine nuts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil for the nuts
- ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds optional
For the Pita:
- Preheat oven to 425F
- Cut the pita into 1 inch squares and coat well with the olive oil and sumac
- Lay them in one layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 mins or until golden (OR fry in a non stick pan on the stove in batches without overcrowding and continue stirring until golden)
For the Chicken:
- Wash the chicken and place in a pot covered with water along with the whole cardamom, cinnamon stick and bay leaves (see notes)
- Boil for about 30 minutes until cooked. Drain and cool (save the broth for soup!)
- Shred the chicken into but size pieces using your hands
- Dice the onion and crush the garlic. Drain and wash the chickpeas
- In a non-stick skillet, add the oil, diced onion, and crushed garlic cloves. Cook for 5-7 minutes until onions are soft
- Add the shredded chicken and the drained and washed chickpeas, along with the seven spice and salt and pepper
- Mix well and cook for 10 minutes until flavours are combined. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper
- For the sauce, add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust for salt
- Toast the almonds or pine nuts in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir constantly to ensure they toast evenly and don't burn
- Finely chop the parsley
- Layer the fatteh starting with the pita, then the chicken and chickpeas mixture, then the yogurt sauce
- Add the parsley, almonds and pomegranate seeds and serve immediately
- Boiling the chicken with the whole spices infuses a delicious flavour, however you can also cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and pan fry them, remove from pan, add the onions, then continue following the recipe steps. This cuts down on time!