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!

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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!

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!

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  • 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


  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. 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).
  5. Add the fresh chopped parsley to the bowl with the other ingredients.
  6. 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. 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.
  7. Pour the yogurt sauce over the bowl containing the chickpeas, toasted pita, toasted pine nuts, chicken and parsley.
  8. Garnish with olive oil, additional parsley and toasted pita, if you desire. Serve immediately.


  • Reply
    Jeroen Heideman
    March 20, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Hi Yumna, I knew Chicken Fatteh from long ago, while I worked in Jordan and had it in restaurants every time i had the chance to. I’m very happy with your receipe and cook it very often for my daughters. The love it. Shukran!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      March 20, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Hi Jeroen – I’m so glad you made this recipe and enjoyed it!! That makes me happy to hear 🙂 Hope you try some of the other Lebanese-inspired recipes on my blog!

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    Jaqueline LLanas
    March 12, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Im Mexican American, And I always impress friends and Family with my delicious dishes , I make this recipe yesterday and People loved it so Much I cooked enough for 30 people but double in case They wanted a second round And As I predicted my Pans were empty at the end of the reunion.I just loved watching peoples faces enjoying the taste of this incredible dish thanks for sharing.

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      Yumna Jawad
      March 12, 2018 at 9:39 am

      That’s so great to hear! I’m so happy that you and your friends enjoyed the recipe! I can’t believe you cooked for 30 people and it was all gone…wow!!

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    March 6, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Delicious recipe

    Thanks Yumna

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      March 6, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Awesome! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Dina El Badry
    January 26, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Hi Yumna, we tried the delicious Fettah again but with Greek yogurt. It was very tasty. Thank you so much. I made a new plate using your recipe for the chicken and used with quinoa. It turned out nice as well. Big thank you for delicious recipes and creative ideas.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      January 26, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Dina – that’s so great to hear! I’m glad you enjoyed both recipes! Hope you try more of them 🙂

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    Sherine Gad El Mawla
    January 16, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Hi Yumna, I am writing to thank you for delicious, simple Chicken Fettah recipe. I am a working mom and am a lousy cook. My two daughters and i tried your Chicken Fettah recipe yesterday for dinner and it was super delicious… even tastier than the ones served in Lebanese restaurants,. thank you for making my daughters and i very happy yesterday. will try another recipe tomorrow

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      January 16, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Sherine, thank you so much for the sweet review. I’m so glad you and your daughters enjoyed the fatteh recipe! :)))

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    October 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Hello – I don’t know how often you check comments, but I’d appreciate some advice if you have the time. I’m planning to make this for a dinner party tomorrow night, and I bought low fat GREEK yogurt (Fage brand) because literally none of the other plain yogurt brands offered a low fat option. It just occurred to me now that this might not work in the recipe as designed because it is strained and very thick. Do you think it will work as is, or should I try to ‘thin it out’ by adding chicken broth, or should I buy full fat plain ‘normal’ yogurt? Many thanks for your insight!

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      Yumna Jawad
      October 26, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Hi there! I’m so glad you want to make this recipe! I’ve never made it with greek yogurt but I think it will be great still. When you warm up the yogurt on the stovetop it will thin out on its own. But you can try to add 1/2 cup of chicken broth or even just plain water to it to thin it out while you’re heating it. Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

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        October 28, 2017 at 7:47 am

        Thank you for your response and advice! The greek yogurt I bought is *very* thick so while it did thin out a bit as it warmed, it was still quite thick so I added broth. I estimate I ended up using about 3 cups of the greek low fat yogurt and a generous 1/2 cup of broth to thin it out – it worked wonderfully. It is a delicious dish and my guests loved it, thank you for sharing your recipes!

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          Yumna Jawad
          October 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm

          That’s so awesome! I’m very happy that the recipe worked great for you! Thank you for the feedback :)))

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      November 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      I can’t wait to make this! Had it in a Lebanese restaurant in DC and loved it. They added pomegranates too!

      • Reply
        Yumna Jawad
        November 8, 2017 at 8:17 pm

        Let me know how you like it after you make it!! And yes, pomegranate is such a wonderful addition!! 🙂

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    September 19, 2017 at 3:53 am

    This was delicious! I always order this dish at our favorite Lebanese restaurant and this recipe tasted just like it. I found it very simple to make but the flavors at the end tasted like something that was a lot more complex. I ended up poaching the chicken breasts because they were frozen, but next time I will saute with the spices. Great recipe!

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      Yumna Jawad
      September 19, 2017 at 11:20 am

      That’s amazing to hear!! So glad you enjoyed it and it reminded you of the dish you order at your favorite Lebanese restaurant! Thank you for the feedback! Makes me happy 🙂

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    September 16, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Beautiful picture and even more beautiful recipe! I made it earlier this week and am still reveling in the delicious leftovers. I loved the idea of sauteing the chicken instead of boiling it (mine always comes out dry when I do that) and the spices show up so much better with this method. The only change I made to your recipe was to add a bit of tahini to the yogurt sauce & to garnish with the pomegranates that are just now appearing in grocery stores. I also added cubed roasted eggplant, because, yum. Chicken fatteh is one of my all-time favorite Lebanese dishes. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

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      Yumna Jawad
      September 17, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Elizabeth! I’m so glad that you made this recipe and loved it. I love your variations, especially that pomegranate garnish…sounds like a perfect addition to this dish. Thank you for sharing your experience with me! 🙂

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