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Lebanese Chicken Fatteh

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This authentic Lebanese Chicken Fatteh is an amazing combo of flavors made with yogurt, spiced shredded chicken, chickpeas, toasted pine nuts & pita bread!

  • Author: Yumna Jawad
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Lebanese Chicken Fatteh

Ramadan is the month where the true Lebanese in me comes out…It brings back such fond memories of breaking fast with my family over a feast of traditional Lebanese foods. Most members of my immediate family are in different countries and states now, but we all still talk about the Lebanese dishes we’re cooking virtually together during this month. Today, I made one of my favorites – Lebanese Chicken Fatteh!

I’m 100% Lebanese with 100% Lebanese parents, so you know this recipe is totes legit, you guys! It doesn’t get more authentic than that!

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So, in Arabic, the word “fatteh” literally means “crumbs.” As you can imagine, this Chicken Fatteh is basically a hodgepodge of day-old toasted pita and other leftovers, which become re-purposed to create a new meal. But, boy do those “crumbs” come together well!

This authentic Lebanese Chicken Fatteh is an amazing combo of flavors made with yogurt, spiced shredded chicken, chickpeas, toasted pine nuts & pita bread!

Lebanese Chicken Fatteh includes chickpeas, toasted pita bread (I toss it with some olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper), shredded chicken (cooked with mediterranean spices), toasted pine nuts (or toasted almonds), and fresh chopped parsley.

This authentic Lebanese Chicken Fatteh is an amazing combo of flavors made with yogurt, spiced shredded chicken, chickpeas, toasted pine nuts & pita bread!

Then I pour warm garlicky yogurt sauce on top of it and it’s game on!

This authentic Lebanese Chicken Fatteh is an amazing combo of flavors made with yogurt, spiced shredded chicken, chickpeas, toasted pine nuts & pita bread!

Mix it all together and you’ve got a flavor-packed, protein-rich, crowd-favorite Chicken Fatteh #ForTheWin!

This authentic Lebanese Chicken Fatteh is an amazing combo of flavors made with yogurt, spiced shredded chicken, chickpeas, toasted pine nuts & pita bread!

I hope you love this healthy-ish feelgood Lebanese Chicken Fatteh recipe. If you make it, please leave me a comment telling me how you like it, or use hashtag #feelgoodfoodie on Instagram so I can see your recreations.

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4.68 from 25 votes
This authentic Lebanese Chicken Fatteh is an amazing combo of flavors made with yogurt, spiced shredded chicken, chickpeas, toasted pine nuts & pita bread!
Lebanese Chicken Fatteh
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This authentic Lebanese Chicken Fatteh is an amazing combo of flavors made with yogurt, spiced shredded chicken, chickpeas, toasted pine nuts & pita bread!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Lebenese Chicken, Spiced Chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 562 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
Ingredients
For the Fatteh
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas rinsed/drained
  • 1 large Arabic pita bread cut into pieces (toasted with olive oil, salt and pepper)
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 lb boneless/skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • White pepper to taste
  • 2-3 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
For the Garlic Yogurt Sauce
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 30 oz low-fat plain yogurt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add the rinsed/drained chickpeas.
  2. Toss the Arabic bread pieces with olive oil, salt and pepper and toast until golden brown, then transfer to the bowl of chickpeas.
  3. In a large pan, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil and toast the pine nuts until golden brown, then transfer to the bowl of chickpeas and toasted pita.
  4. In the same pan, heat the remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil; add the chicken breast to the pan and season with the garlic powder, coriander, thyme, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the juices run clear.
  5. Then shred the chicken and add to the bowl containing the other items. (You can also boil the chicken and shred it, but I prefer it sauteed).
  6. Add the fresh chopped parsley to the bowl with the other ingredients.
  7. In a small sauce pan, heat the olive oil, then add the minced garlic and coarse sea salt and gently combine the flavors using a wooden spoon.
  8. Pour the yogurt into the sauce pan and stir gently for 5 minutes over medium heat until it becomes warm and liquid-like. You do not want the yogurt sauce to boil.
  9. Pour the yogurt sauce over the bowl containing the chickpeas, toasted pita, toasted pine nuts, chicken and parsley.
  10. Garnish with olive oil, additional parsley and toasted pita, if you desire. Serve immediately.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  • Storage:  Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge. For best results, store the yogurt separate from the other ingredients, especially the fried bread
  • Vegetarian Option: If you want to make this a vegetarian meal, my favorite substitute is to use eggplant. Cut a large eggplant into 1-inch cubes, toss it in a baking sheet with olive oil, salt and pepper. You can add other spices too. then bake in a preheated oven at 475°F until the eggplant is browned and tender, about 25 minutes.
  • Substitutes: You can use greek yogurt, but I would recommend watering it down with some water to get a more liquid consistency
Nutrition Facts
Lebanese Chicken Fatteh
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 562 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 901mg 38%
Potassium 660mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 8g
Protein 53g 106%
Vitamin A 8.1%
Vitamin C 5.8%
Calcium 31.2%
Iron 14.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments

  • Reply
    ANIS SALLOOM
    May 13, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I was also born in Lebanon to Lebanese parents. I have searched and tried many Fatteh recipe until in December 2018 I discovered your recipe. Since then I have been making this recipe every Sunday when my children and grand children come over to visit me and my wife.

    The only modification I make is the chicken. The day before, I buy a rotisserie chicken from Costco, peel the meat off the bones removing the skin. The bones and skin I use to make chicken broth.

    Every member of my family enjoys my Fatteh brunch thanks to this wonderful recipe.

    Thank you, Thank you so much!!!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      May 14, 2019 at 6:42 pm

      Wow that’s so sweet! I’m so happy to hear that you found this recipe, loved it and make it weekly for your family! I love the idea of using rotisserie chicken, it makes it so much easier and it tastes so great with the fatteh. Thank you so much for sharing with me!!

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    Zainab
    March 21, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Mmm so simple and so good! I loved making it because it was so easy and even more I loved eating it!!

  • Reply
    barbara p
    March 9, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Great recipe, it goes a long way because it’s super filling. I didn’t have fresh parsley but had fresh cilantro which was very good on it

    • Reply
      barbara p
      March 9, 2019 at 9:02 am

      Its me again, I don’t know why only one star appeared, it should be five. Sorry about that.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      March 9, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much and I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the recipe! I love the idea of using cilantro here instead of parsley!

  • Reply
    HC
    October 29, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Turned out super yummy! We subbed boneless skinless chicken thighs for the chicken breasts & they were perfect. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      October 30, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Thanks so much 🙂

  • Reply
    Janette
    October 2, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Hey Yumna! Thx for sharing this recipe I’m definitely going to try it. Do you think that toasted walnuts or almonds might be ok? Or have you ever had the dish with anything other than pine nuts? I don’t have pine nuts & don’t want to go to the store lol. Being lazyyy. Thx girl!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      October 2, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Hey Janette – So excited you want to try the recipe. I’ve done with almonds before so that will definitely work. In fact, I have a mix of almonds and pinenuts in the video. I’ve never tried it with walnuts but I think that would be really tasty! Enjoy!

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    Fiona
    June 21, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you so much for this delicious Fatteh recipe. It is a keeper!
    I make a slightly different Egyptian/Syrian style recipe, which includes rice, topped with a very light and flavourful tomato sauce, plenty cold garlicky yoghurt and I add peas instead of chick-peas. It is a real medley of textures.
    I am going to be preparing your recipe this weekend for my family. Thank you so much.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      June 22, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it and making it again this weekend! Hope they all enjoy it and thank you so much for your feedback!

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