This Lebanese dish is a family favourite. We like to call it “Rice and Peas”. It is a great meal to prepare in advance. Make a batch on the weekend and enjoy it throughout the week. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of cinnamon.



Rice and Peas
A family favourite
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3839 calories
421 g
592 g
139 g
207 g
41 g
2355 g
5267 g
13 g
0 g
85 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3839
Calories from Fat 1241
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 139g
Saturated Fat 41g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 25g
Monounsaturated Fat 60g
Cholesterol 592mg
Sodium 5267mg
Total Carbohydrates 421g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 13g
Protein 207g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 heap tbsp. ghee (You can buy this at any Lebanese shop- You can also just use oil)
  2. 1 whole chicken (preferably free range)
  3. 2 tsp. salt
  4. 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  5. 2 brown onions, finely chopped
  6. water
  7. 2 tins of peas
  8. 2 tbsp. oil
  9. 2 balls of vermicelli
  10. 2 cups rice (jasmine or basmati)
  11. 3 cups water
  1. Lemon juice
  2. Cinnamon
  1. 1. Melt the ghee in a large stock pot. Add the chicken and brown all sides (to turn chicken, use a large spoon and a tong) This should roughly take 20-30 minutes. Make sure chicken is golden brown- this will add flavour to the dish.
  2. 2. Remove chicken and set aside. In the same pot sauté the garlic and onions with the salt on a low heat together until soft. You may need to add a little bit more ghee. This should take roughly 5 minutes.
  3. 3. Place the chicken back into the pot and cover with water (just to the top of the chicken).
  4. 4. Simmer on a low heat for approximately 1 1/2 hours to 2 or until chicken is tender and falling off the bone.
  5. 5. Once cooked, allow mixture to cool in pot until you can safely remove chicken and debone it.
  6. 6. Remove chicken and place into a bowl. Remove bones from chicken and discard. The meat should just fall off the bone. Add the meat back into the mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. (It will form a layer of fat on the top).
  7. 7. Prior to serving, preheat the oven to 180°C. Skim the fat off the top of the mixture and discard. Add the two tins of peas as well as the juice. Give mixture and stir.
  8. 8. Cook "Rice and Peas" for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the top has browned and reduced slightly. Meanwhile cook the rice.
  9. 9. In a large saucepan, add the oil and vermicelli. Cook vermicelli on a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring continuously until it becomes lightly golden. Add the rice and stir for a few minutes or until rice has incorporated all the vermicelli and become more light in colour. Add the water and allow rice to simmer on a low heat for approximately 10 minutes or until rice has soaked up the water. (Do not stir). Once rice is cooked, transfer into a bowl. Place rice into microwave for 5 minutes before serving.
  10. 10. Taste "Rice and Peas" and see if it needs more salt (adjust it to your taste)
  11. 11. Using a large spoon, place a few spoonfuls of rice onto the bottom of a serving bowl. Cover with the "Rice and Peas", making sure you serve enough of the chicken and juice evenly.
  12. 12. Serve with a drizzle of lemon juice and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!!
  1. You can buy ghee at any Lebanese store, however if you don't have any you can use oil.
  2. You can also purchase vermicelli at any Lebanese store and many supermarkets.


Missemzyy xox 



  1. Choc Chip Uru

    December 13, 2014

    A classic dish, we make it all the time – light and spiced perfectly 😀

    Choc Chip Uru


      December 15, 2014

      We love it! 🙂

  2. laurasmess

    December 19, 2014

    Really pretty – I actually haven’t seen this combination of ingredients before, though I do love Middle Eastern and all Lebanese food that I’ve tried so far. Looks delicious, I will give it a go! Your garden is gorgeous btw… so envious, I have only a concrete balcony 😉 c


      December 20, 2014

      Thank you!! It’s tasty and very good for you 🙂 Do give it a go- I make it when I have friends over and they absolutely love it! I have only just worked on my garden this year and it’s been very successful. Thank you for the kind words! If your interested in gardening, you should check out my post I wrote about potato bags. You can grow anything in them and are great for people who either don’t have a veggie patch or live in a unit!

  3. Cathy

    September 21, 2015

    WoW !! Amazing dish I tried this recipe and it was like a dish from heaven!! Thank you so much chef Emma ❤️ Everyone loved the dish !! Keep it up and keep posting recipes for us xoxo

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