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Rich and Flavorful Caramelized Orzo Maqluba

5 from 1 vote
Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes
This orzo maqluba can feed your whole family, and it's incredibly tasty!
Servings: 6


  • 3 gold potatoes, cut into ½ inch thick circles
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Baharat
  • 1 pound/450 grams orzo
  • cups boiling water / broth
  • pound/300 grams chicken breast, cut into cubes


  • Heat up olive oil in a pan on medium heat, fry the potatoes for 2 minutes on each side and remove them from the pan.
  • Add the onion and spices to the pan and fry for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken, mix well and fry for about 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. Add the orzo, stir well for a minute and remove from the heat.
  • Put parchment paper in a pot and add a little olive oil. Arrange the potatoes on the parchment paper and add the orzo and chicken mixture on top.
  • Pour the boiling water, cover with a lid and cook on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, uncover and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Turn over a large tray and carefully peel off the baking paper. Serve in a deep plate with large spoon to get a little bit of everything.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use basmati rice instead of orzo?
Sure, just replace it with 2 cups of basmati rice and 2 cups of boiling water.

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