Lebanese cuisine always carries surprises and succulent dishes! Today, I have got a simple savory meal loaded with vegetables for you. Chicken Gallaba is a flavorful Lebanese dish similar to a thick stew.
Chicken Gallaba or Chicken Ghallaba is ready with minimum effort. You sauté chicken strips with the veggies that you like. For this recipe, I have chosen colored peppers, carrots, and mushrooms.
Sumac gives this dish an earthy flavor that you can not resist. The vibrant tomato sauce creates the perfect harmony between the ingredients. Heavenly!
Five Star Chicken Gallaba
What Is Chicken Gallaba?
Lebanese Chicken Gallaba is a deliciously seasoned chicken strips with sautéed veggies of your preference. It is my way to get my kids to have healthy vegetables for dinner.
It suits all your guests. Chicken Ghallaba is soy free, gluten free, nut free, grain free, and corn free.
For my vegan friend, I omit the chicken and sauté the same veggies. But I add more mushrooms, jackfruit, and some broccoli. Easy and Healthy!
The best part of this recipe is that I can play around with the ingredients. So, I provided you with some recipe variations that you should check.
Pair your chicken gallaba with your favorite side dish from the list below. Why not choose one each time you make this recipe? Yummy!
Tasty and Savory Chicken and Veggies Dish
What to Serve with Chicken Gallaba
Side Dish #1: Chicken Gallaba is a Lebanese thick stew. Usually, a stew is served with the Perfect White Vermicelli Rice. Form a bed of rice on your plate and top it with Chicken Gallaba. You can also place them side to side.
How About Making Some Changes!
Side Dish #2: Let’s upgrade the regular rice dish and follow the pilaf method. The key step in Simple Pilaf Rice is to sauté uncooked rice in butter. Then, you add hot water and you cover the pot.
You can cook the rice at very low heat on the stove or in the oven until liquid is absorbed. It is recommended to use long-grain white rice that will get a toasty flavor and less sticky individual grains. Its texture is light and fluffy.
Side Dish #3: Persian Saffron Rice is another option to surprise your guests with your special skills. It is a fancy yellow basmati rice dish. It is made with basmati rice cooked in saffron infused chicken broth.
Side Dish #4: Another option is a pasta dish. Choose the form that you like and enjoy the taste. Bon Appetit!
Let’s Try a Chicken Ghallaba Sandwich!
Side Dish #5: My brother is my favorite guest! But he is not a fan of rice. So, I prepare for him Best Creamy Hummus with Tahini. I spread some on pita bread. Then, I drain some Chicken Gallaba and spread it over hummus. He just loves the combination. Give it a try!
Side Dish #6: Are you a fan of garlic and chicken? Prepare a dollop of garlic paste, or toum as it is referred to in Arabic. What a great addition!
So, spread some paste over pita bread or taco bread. Then, add a load of chicken gallaba. Do you like it more garlicky? Dip each bite in garlic and enjoy lip-smacking flavors!!
Bonne Bouche Chicken Gallaba!
Chicken Gallaba Variations
The main protein in my recipe is indeed chicken. But you can also try it with lamb meat, beef meat, or even shrimp.
Go ahead and call it Lamb Gallaba, Beef Gallaba, or Shrimp Gallaba. Follow the same steps but sear the meat strips or shrimp instead of chicken. Heavenly!
My recipe calls for red, green, and yellow bell pepper. The mix of colors is appealing. But if you do not have them all, you should not worry. Choose the one you have. You need to adjust the quantity to get the perfect taste!
Canned mushrooms is a great option for Chicken Ghallaba. However, fresh mushrooms is an excellent idea too. They have a meaty taste that enriches your dish.
Chicken Gallaba is mainly about sautéed veggies. So, you can add some broccoli, cauliflower, or zucchini strips. Adjust it to your liking and satisfy your tummy with a healthy yummy dish!
However you choose to do, it will have a tender texture with mingled flavors!
Chicken Gallaba Is a Must-Do Recipe!
Tips You Should Not Miss
Try to slice your vegetables in a uniform size. They will cook evenly.
Stir your veggies and chicken continuously. This way your food, especially veggies, will not burn.
Add water, vegetable stock, or chicken broth to the pot if the liquid evaporates. This depends on the size and type of vegetables you choose.
No strict ingredients for the quick and easy Chicken Gallaba. So, feel free to add the veggies to your family’s preference.
Omit the cayenne pepper if for any reason your guests or family member do not like hot dishes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, why not! After you cook Chicken Gallaba, cover the pan with the lid after it cools down and set it in the fridge for 2-3 days. You can move it to an airtight container and keep it in the freezer for around a month. Upon serving, take it out and set it over low heat and it warms up again.
You do not want to throw any of this delectable dish. So, keep the rest in a container and set it in the fridge. You can reheat it over the stove or in the microwave.
Absolutely! Chop them the size you want the way you like. Do the same for chicken. Cut the breast into cubes instead of strips to keep a consistent harmonious shape.
A Flavorsome Dish! Yummy!
Chicken Gallaba Recipe
It is one of my favorite Middle Eastern chicken dishes. It is super easy and full of flavor. Get Ready!
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Extra virgin olive
- Black pepper
- Large red onion
- Yellow bell pepper
- Red bell pepper
- Green bell pepper
- Large carrots
- Cannes mushrooms
- Cloves of garlic
- Lemon juice
- Tomato paste
Easy Steps to Follow
First, add extra virgin olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
Next, toss the chicken strips and lightly season them with salt and black pepper.
Sear the chicken strips for about 2 minutes.
Let’s add the veggies: red onion, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, mushrooms, and sliced carrots. Salt the mixture and cook for 5-7 minutes more.
Then, add the minced garlic, tomato paste, water, lemon, paprika, sumac, and cayenne.
After that, stir and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
Garnish your dish with freshly chopped parsley.
Serve with rice or pasta. Bon Appetit!
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Best Chicken Gallaba
- 4 boneless skinlesschicken breasts cut into 2 inches strips
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive
- 1 large red onion thinly sliced
- ½ large yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
- ½ large red bell pepper thinly sliced
- ½ large green bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1 (4 oz) canned mushrooms drained
- 4 large carrots sliced into thin rounds
- 1½ teaspoons salt to taste
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- ½ (6 oz) tomato paste can
- 2 cups water
- 1½ teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne optional
- 1½ teaspoons ground black pepper
- ½ fresh parsley chopped
- ½ tablespon sumac
- 1 small lemon juice
- Add extra virgin olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
- Toss the chicken strips and lightly season them with salt and black pepper.
- Sear the chicken strips for about 2 minutes.
- Add the red onion, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, mushrooms, and sliced carrots. Salt the mixture and cook for 5-7 minutes more.
- Add in the minced garlic, tomato paste, water, lemon, paprika, sumac, and cayenne.
- Stir and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
- Garnish your dish with freshly chopped parsley.
- Serve with rice, hummus, or pasta. Bon Appetit!