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Halal Style Street Food

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Halal Style Street Food

Do you see something one time, then everywhere you look, you see it popping up again and again? I keep seeing recipes for this Halal Style Street Food, similar to the food from Halal Guys in food cart in NYC (apparently they are one of the top “yelped” food sites in the country?) (As a side note, Halal indicates a certain type of meat – many Kosher meats are accepted as Halal.)

Once I saw this meal I kept thinking about making it – mainly because I love a really well seasoned chicken and I love turmeric rice. Also that creamy white sauce on top is just too good to handle. I started looking online and found tons of recipes. I made a combination from several, pretty much using the ones that had the most seasoning and herbs. I marinated the meat for 6 hours in the fridge because it really does taste best with a good, long marinating session. You could even marinate it over night.

The best thing about meals like this Halal Style Street Food is you can really adapt it for anyone in the family. My boys liked it all together but my daughter is a big separator of food, so she ate it in individual piles. I mixed mine all together and man was it delicious.

You can use chicken breasts or thighs for this Halal Style Street Food – I’m usually a chicken breast person – but for this recipe I think the thighs are just a lot juicier. A mix of the two meats is a great way to go too! If you’d like to see any of my other global recipes – click here.

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Halal Style Street Food



  • 5-6 boneless chicken thighs (or chicken breasts, or mixture)
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • olive oil, for cooking

Turmeric Rice

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 c basmati rice
  • 5 c vegetable broth

Creamy White Sauce

  • 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c. mayo
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2 tsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh oregano, finely chopped

For Serving

  • chopped lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes
  • flatbread, warmed
  • chopped dill
  • chopped oregano
  • salt and pepper



  • Start by prepping your chicken to marinate for at least 4 hours (can be overnight). Chop it up into 1-2 inch chunks. This will help the marinade coat the chicken really well.  
  • Combine all spices with lemon juice, Greek yogurt, and olive oil in a bowl (or large heavy duty ziploc bag).
  • Place chicken into marinade and cover. Chill for at least 4 hours, up to overnight.
  • Once chicken is done marinating, heat 2-3 tbsp. of olive oil in a large pot on medium high heat. Once oil is hot, place chicken into pot and heat until cooked through. 
  • Remove chicken with tongs or a slotted spoon onto a plate or platter. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. 

Turmeric Rice

  • Mix butter and spices into a large pan. Heat on medium high heat until combined. 
  • Add rice and stir until well-coated. Add in vegetable broth and bring to a boil. 
  • Once boiling, turn heat own to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes until rice is cooked. Turn off heat and set aside until ready to serve.

Creamy White Sauce

  • Make white sauce before cooking chicken and rice, so it can chill in the fridge while the flavors combine.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk with a fork until smooth. 
  • Chill in fridge until ready to serve


  • Assemble bowls by adding a big scoop of turmeric rice, a generous scoop of chicken, a handful of lettuce, and a handful of tomatoes. 
  • Top generously with white sauce and chopped herbs. 

Don’t be intimidated by all the ingredients on the list! This Halal Style Street Food is easy to make it just has a long list. Many of the ingredients are simple, but the flavors together are amazing! I hope you get to try this Halal Style Street Food soon. If you do, be sure to tag me at @plumstreetcollective on Instagram. Thanks for reading!


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  1. 5 stars
    Hello can you tell us the original name of this food. This looks like a Lebanese dish but What is it’s original name?

    1. I’m not sure the original dish name other than Halal chicken and rice! Let me know if you find out what it is really called 😉

  2. What would you say the serving size of this recipe is? Thanks!

  3. Kyla Dinges says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! It’s by far our favorite recipe, the kids are always excited when they here were having this for dinner!

  4. Trying it for first time, im marinating the chicken but i will have to leave it for 2hrs as i dont have much time before dinner.

    1. Will let you know how it was!! But im guessing yummy!!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is AMAZING!! My entire family and extended family went crazy over it! This will be on repeat in the future and….the white sauce….you could put that on a shoe and make it taste delicious..LOL.
    Thanks for the share!

  6. 5 stars
    This is amazing! My Lebanese friend vetted the recipe before I tried it. Only change she suggested was adding a spoonful of tomato paste to the chicken marinade and some tahini in addition to the white sauce. I am so so please with this recipe. Can’t wait to make it again!

  7. 5 stars
    Perfect halal chicken recipe the way it is! Brought back memories of lunch time back when I worked in midtown NYC (before the Halal Guys got famous). But this white sauce recipe was a bit sweeter than what I recall, so I recommend half the sugar and twice the salt. I also tried using smoked paprika once (because that’s all I had on hand), and that tasted great, as well. For authentic street creds, rather than chop up the chicken before marinating, it can be chopped up using a griddle scraper or a dough cutter as it’s cooking in the pan, once the meat is mostly cooked through. That’s how it’s done! (Of course, don’t do this if you’re using a nonstick frying pan…)

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