Halal Cart Chicken

Embark on a culinary adventure with this authentic Halal Cart Chicken, a beloved street food staple straight from the bustling streets of New York City. This dish, known for its savory, spiced flavors and tender chicken, promises a delightful journey for your taste buds.

Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (includes marinating)
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Serving Size

  • Serves 4 people


For the Chicken:

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the Rice:

  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

For Garnish:

  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Marinate the Chicken:
    • In a bowl, mix ground coriander, cumin, paprika, turmeric, cayenne, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, garlic, yogurt, and olive oil. Add chicken thighs and ensure they are well-coated with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.
  2. Prepare the Rice:
    • Rinse the Basmati rice until the water runs clear. In a pot, bring water, turmeric, cumin, and salt to a boil. Add rice and butter. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 18 minutes. Remove from heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
  3. Cook the Chicken:
    • Heat a grill pan or a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken thighs and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked and slightly charred. Rest the chicken for a few minutes, then slice it into thin strips.
  4. Prepare the Sauce:
    • In a bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, sugar, white vinegar, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and minced garlic until smooth.
  5. Assemble and Serve:
    • Serve the sliced chicken over the spiced rice. Drizzle with the white sauce and garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges.

Nutritional Info

NutrientAmount per Serving
Calories580 kcal
Protein45 g
Carbohydrates47 g
Fat21 g
Saturated Fat5 g
Cholesterol215 mg
Sodium870 mg
Fiber2 g
Sugar5 g

Enjoy your homemade Halal Cart Chicken, a dish bursting with flavor and steeped in the tradition of New York’s vibrant street food scene.